Death By Korean BBQ

Sorry for the lack of updates, but I’ve been out and about for so long for the past few days! Right now I’ll make a quick write up about a place I tried with a girl I used to date.

Having been to Cham Sut Gol so many times in Garden Grove that I’ve wanted to try something new, something that’s different… that something different is Lighttown House.

The entrance felt like I just walked into Asia! It was very well lit and had a nice comfortable atmosphere.

The entrance felt like I just walked into Asia! It was very well lit and had a nice comfortable atmosphere.

We arrived there and the inside decor was surprisingly amazing and I did not expect something like it compared to the outside building, it looked like a Japanese dojo house and there was Chinese lettering (I don’t know why, but I could read it, shouldn’t it be written in Korean?), it was a very comforting feel with the warm wood decor and bright lights.

The grills had exactly what I wanted, charcoal! Real genuine charcoal! Most Korean BBQ places do not use charcoal anymore due to some fire hazard code… but I was surprised this place had it. The charcoal was in huge wood chunks and was placed on top of the gas grill to help burn and start the charcoal.

Scant portions but the charcoal smoke infused kalbi was amazing.

Scant portions but the charcoal smoke infused kalbi was amazing.

The panchans came and they had a good variety of it. The panchans consisted of various kim chi pickled vegetables, squid pancakes, marinated squid, marinated baby shrimp (they packed a lot of shrimpy goodness for something so small!), potato salad, and various tofu dishes. We also ordered one order of Kalbi since the prices did seem pretty high (around 28 for one plate) so the price was pretty high. The portions came and I was not impressed, there were very few cuts but were marbled beautifully. The kalbi was melt in your mouth good as always, not the chewy and sinewy stuff that you get at most Korean BBQ restaurants. It also had a aspect that is not apparent in other Korean BBQ restaurants, the smokey flavor of charcoal!

Well the overall consensus is that if you want something different (ie charcoal instead of gas grills) then head over here, but in my opinion Cham Sut Gol is a better bang for your buck if you are hungry, and I can hardly care for the quality of Lighttown, it’s only a little better than Cham Sut Gol.

Lighttown House
8902 Garden Grove Blvd
Garden Grove, CA 92844
(714) 638-7333
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~ by Clifton Su on May 18, 2009.

One Response to “Death By Korean BBQ”

  1. yummyyyyyy! the banchan doesnt look too great though :/ anyways clifton, we should go to sa gan on beach blvd this summer! i’ll treat you out =]

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