Leaders of civic and business organizations in L.A.’s large Korean community take visiting Korean dignitaries to spacious and modern ChoSun Galbee for excellent barbecue.
ChoSun Galbee fulfills the promise of most Korean restaurants – no diner will leave hungry.
As with all Korean restaurants, an array of side dishes arrives at the table just about the same time drinks are ordered – things like spicy cucumber, marinated eggplant, and of course kimchee. These dishes will be refilled and replaced as often as they are emptied until the diner says “no more.”
It’s a delight to pick at these appetizers while sipping a pre-dinner drink and scanning the menu. The appetizers are intended to last through the meal as accompaniments to main dishes.
While there are other things on the menu, this is a Korean barbecue spot and any meal should include barbecue as the center piece. An extensive array of beef, chicken, pork and shrimp are available, with or without a specially formulated soy sauce.
Be cautious when ordering if there are just two or three in your party. Portions are adjusted to fit your group, but they are generous. If your party is four or more go for it; order several dishes to share, maybe one beef dish and one chicken dish for the barbecue grill in the middle of the table. Then fill out the meal with selections from the soups, salads, cold noodle dishes, hot pots, and fish specialties.
Whatever else you order, don’t miss the Bibimbob, rice topped with beef, vegetables and red pepper sauce – a symphony of flavors and textures.
ChoSun Galbee is bright and airy, with indoor and outdoor seating, the latter covered and heated when the weather turns chilly. There are large tables to accommodate groups of eight or ten and private rooms for special events. The restaurant serves lunch Monday through Friday and dinner every night until 11.