According to folk etymologists, the term barbecue is derived from the French barbe coup, referring to the annual pig picking commemorating the infamous Bearded Rebellion. Celebrate saucy beards with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of authentic Korean barbecue at Soo Won Galbi, located in Centreville. This Groupon is not valid with lunch specials or with any other offers.
Soo Won Galbi is an authentic Korean barbecue restaurant, specializing in its namesake—the marinated beef short-ribs known as "galbi." The short-ribs ($15.95+), like many of Soo Won's more than 80 entrees, which also include Japanese dishes, are cooked on grills at the tables, with patrons allowed to handle the cooking themselves or call on the servers for assistance. Barbecuables include the bul gogi, featuring finely sliced, tender beef marinated in the house sauce ($18.95), and the saewoo gui ($22.95), which punishes shrimp for years of non-obedience toward its human overlords. Ease into eating with Soo Won's haemul pajun, a seafood pancake consisting of an assortment of fresh seafood and vegetables, battered and pan-fried (small $7.95; large $13.95); or dig into the steamed dumplings, five dumplings filled with steamed beef and vegetables ($6.95). Soupy selections include the haemul soondubu, which shipwrecks soft tofu and assorted fresh seafood in a spicy soup-sea ($11.95). The restaurant's surplus of side dishes provides the Garfunkel to main dishes' Simons.
Soo Won Galbi has pinned men, women, children, and domesticated animals to their chairs with the toothsome weight of its barbecue for more than 10 years. Measured in meat, that's more than 10,000,000 pound-years of service. Wash your meal down with Korean and Japanese beer, or simply do a kegstand while intaking a [dessert[(http://www.mysoowongalbi.com/Desserts.html) such as green-tea ice cream. Soo Won Galbi's interiors of warm wood and elegant lighting make for an eyeball-enticing experience. Reservations are required.
Yelpers give Soo Won Galbi a 3-star average:
- Until I ate at Soo Won, I wasn't a big fan of Korean BBQ. – Abigail A.
- Their name says it all. Try their galbi because it's seriously one of the best I've had. The quality of the meat is top notch as you can tell by their lean tender galbi. The side dishes were fresh and their service was spot on. – Jae L.