A Warm Welcome for Delicious Korean Barbecue
We found this place as we wandered back toward the Crown Harbor Hotel, our base in Busan, near the train station. We'd had a long day, and we really wanted to have barbecue on our last night in Korea. We'd almost reached our hotel, so we'd almost given up. This place didn't look like much from the outside, or even once we were inside, to be honest. All the signage was in Korean, so I can't even tell you its name. It had about eight low tables, one of which was occupied by a group of businessmen, prices posted on the wall, along with calendars that looked like maybe they'd been handed out by a travel agency. A TV hanging on the wall showed a soap opera. We took our shoes off at the door, sat on cushions, and made ourselves understood through pointing at the menu that we wanted beef. Maybe it's just that we were hungry and tired, but damn if it wasn't the best barbecue we'd had our whole trip. We gobbled up our meat and ordered another round. When we got the bill we realized we'd been ordering the most expensive stuff on the menu, but we didn't care. It turned out to be about 60 bucks for three people, so it didn't exactly break the bank. As we ate, three tables full of younger folks arrived. Apparently they, too, had a taste for something delicious, nothing fancy.
By Jeremy Saum, AFAR Staff