In Southern California, you’ll hear a lot about Korean BBQ. Most Korean BBQ restaurants serve you plates of raw meat (the cuts of your choosing), and you cook it over a grill or griddle at your table. At this particular KBBQ restaurant, instead of providing an array of different cuts to choose, they made their specialty the pork belly. Basically, they’re thick slices of bacon.
We went here for my sister-in-law’s birthday a few months ago, and it really is a different experience from your typical KBBQ restaurants. Inside is nice and modern, with some traditional elements. Their chairs open up so you can put your purse/belongings inside while you eat. Here’s Dominic playing on the chairs like they’re bongos…
And, yes, here it is. The reason why the restaurant is called “8” – they serve a tray of 8 slices of pork belly, each marinated with a different flavor. Some I can remember off the top of my head are herbs, garlic, miso, wine, and curry. The order of the 8 also included banchan, rice, and a seafood soup. At the end of the meal, they also turn your leftover rice into kim chi fried rice. It’s A LOT to eat. We split 2 orders among 7 adults and were thankful we didn’t order more.
The service here is excellent, and it’s also family-friendly as long as you seat your little ones away from the stove. The waiters do the cooking for you, so you can watch and even help flip the meat while they’re away. It was a tasty and filling experience so definitely try it out if you’re in the area!