DRY AGED STEAK! All You Can Eat KOREAN BBQ Tour of Greater Los Angeles Part 1

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14:25   |   Mar 10, 2019


DRY AGED STEAK! All You Can Eat KOREAN BBQ Tour of Greater Los Angeles Part 1
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  • Hey guys
  • A little too close?
  • As you know, I travel between New York and South California A LOT
  • mainly for food
  • and I've mentioned this before
  • but there are certain food groups that are way better here
  • in LA, in SoCal, than in New York
  • for example, Vietnamese food
  • Japanese Food
  • and Korean food
  • more specifically, Korean barbecue
  • even more specifically: All you can eat Korean BBQ
  • I mean right now there's a couple good all you can eat Korean BBQ restaurants
  • that just opened up in New York, New Jersey area
  • But before that, we really had nothing
  • But LA was the land of all-you-can-eat Korean BBQs
  • So I've always wanted to do a video
  • Going to a bunch of them, trying them out, letting you guys know what I think
  • Of course I can't fit all of them in this one video
  • But, we'll do what we can
  • Let's go eat some barbecue
  • Hey guys it's Mike Chen
  • not the Mike Chen from this video
  • Anyway, before you go watch this video
  • I just want to clear some stuff up
  • A lot of you noticed that I published a video
  • and about 6, 7 hours later I took it down
  • In this video I was in the Greater Los Angeles area
  • and I was trying out Korean BBQs
  • specifically all you can eat Korean BBQs
  • and I found this really interesting place
  • I went in, it was a beautiful restaurant
  • They had 3 different pricing options
  • The most expensive being around 50 dollars which included steak
  • Dry-aged steak
  • Anyway knowing me, I probably heard the words 'dry-aged steak'
  • and my brain just completely shut off
  • because the restaurant really only offers one steak and one short rib -- whatever the premium products are
  • only ONE of each per person
  • But in my head for some reason I just thought everything was included in the all-you-can-eat for 50 bucks
  • And the restaurant was just being really nice, so they just kept giving it to me because I think they saw me filming
  • and in the end I was like, 'Wow that's not a bad deal for all-you-can-eat dry-aged ribeye for 50 bucks'
  • And that didn't even seem strange to me because I've had all-you-can-eat wagyu in Japan for about 60-70 bucks
  • So then hours after posting the video, I got a message from the manager of the restaurant saying
  • 'Hey we only offer one steak per person'
  • I was like 'Whaaat??"
  • I really thought everything was all-you-can-eat
  • And that's why, right away, I took the video down
  • Wrote an explanation to you guys
  • Because, like I said, if somebody told me something I love was all you can eat and it wasn't
  • I'd be pretty upset
  • So if you were one of the people who saw the previous video
  • and went to the restaurant and you didn't get to eat all the steaks you want
  • I know that feeling, I hate that feeling
  • and I'm truly sorry about that
  • So I basically was gonna just purge this video
  • but then in the comments so many of you guys wanted to see this video
  • with a disclaimer like this in the beginning
  • So here is the video with some edits, ESPECIALLY at the end
  • because now I've got to re-review this place
  • because it's not all-you-can-eat steak
  • Anyway, here you go
  • This is definitely the pinkest Korean barbecue place I've been to
  • Whoa
  • Metroid Man/Transformer lookalike guy
  • Aged meat right inside the entrance
  • This is really interesting, as soon as you walk in
  • Arcade games
  • Kind of like a retro, comic book store kinda vibe in the entrance
  • Oh I just found out, this is Taekwon, that dude right there
  • He's like a Korean anime character during the 1970s
  • So the restaurant's theme is based on this superhero right here
  • Maybe he'll really like Korean BBQ
  • And as soon as you walk in from the entrance
  • The bar is over here
  • and over here there's like a sitting area
  • and almost like a library/living room kind of setting
  • Wow
  • That's a pretty setting
  • They're slicing meat over there
  • in Taekwondo uniforms
  • So this place, they just started serving all you can eat
  • and that's the only korean barbecue I go to
  • because for me, if I don't do all you can eat
  • I end up spending like a hundred dollars
  • so this place is really unique, check this out
  • This is what they offer
  • Himalayan Salt
  • Dry Aged Black Angus
  • 45 days Dry Aged
  • Premium Kurobuta
  • and everything's cooked on a cast iron pan
  • They offer three different tiers of all you can eat
  • The first tier is lunch, which is 22.99 USD
  • Second tier is Gold, which is 29.99 USD
  • And the third tier, this is really interesting, is Diamond BBQ tier
  • and this includes dry aged ribeye steak, which like I said, they age for 45 days
  • and was hanging out at the front of their store
  • The cast iron grill
  • You get this with the Diamond meal
  • Diamond, of course, can be way more expensive
  • 47.99 USD
  • And you're really paying for the dry-aged ribeye steak
  • Also with the Diamond, you get all the side dishes here
  • So they told me to get the cheese fondue,
  • the 'Shake it Bomb'
  • and I got some cold noodles, because I gotta have cold noodles with my korean BBQ
  • This is the 'Shake it Bomb'
  • little bit of kimchi, seaweed, overeasy eggs, spam, rice, and a tin lunchbox
  • Wow
  • And that's why it's called a 'Shake it Bomb'
  • This piece of fat is being used instead of butter or oil
  • So this whole thing is going to have a fantastic beefy flavor
  • That is the dry-aged ribeye
  • So that was quite a show
  • and this is the ultimate dry-aged ribeye
  • this, all you need is a little bit of salt
  • Whoa, what is this
  • Dry-aged
  • Oh my, it's smoked?
  • yeah it's smoked
  • I haven't put a single piece of food in my mouth
  • but i'm already really liking it
  • Like I was saying, this meat just needs a little bit of salt
  • Don't ruin it
  • Oh that's a good piece of steak
  • This is just a big ol' chunk of fat right here
  • I love pieces like this
  • Again, just a little bit of salt
  • And when it feels like the meat's getting a bit too much,
  • chase it with some kimchi
  • It's tender -- not as tender as I would've thought
  • But really intense beef flavor
  • Starting my second round of meat
  • and I'm gonna try this smoked ribeye
  • just to see what the difference is
  • and the grilled cheese as well
  • Alright everyone let's try the smoky ribeye just to see if there's a difference
  • If I can taste the smoke
  • Mmm You could cut that smoke with a knife
  • This piece was actually more tender than the last piece
  • I'm not gonna expect it to be butter like A5 wagyu
  • But that's a solid piece of ribeye
  • Very very flavorful ribeye
  • This is the grilled cheese
  • I really like this
  • Crispy exterior, really milky
  • Make sure you get some of that cheese
  • I'm going to try a piece of that short rib
  • One of my favorite cuts at a korean bbq
  • Wow, this is the most tender cut of meat
  • More tender than a sirloin itself
  • and it's just so buttery
  • and they cooked the steak
  • for being a korean barbecue and utilising a blowtorch
  • this is cooked pretty well
  • Bite of steak
  • Bite of cheese
  • Chasing with the kimchi
  • Oh, I totally forgot
  • I was so distracted by the steak
  • --which happens a lot in my life
  • I totally forgot about my cold noodles
  • Take a piece of steak, little bit of salt
  • mummify that with some cold noodles
  • oh that was a good korean bbq experience
  • Don't go crazy on the cold noodles
  • This is gonna fill you up
  • Focus on the meat
  • This is the 'shake it box' bomb
  • I ordered this because I wanted to see what it was
  • but this is probably not the best thing to get if you want to maximize your value here
  • this is essentially just a tray of rice
  • that is yummy though
  • a little creamy because of the eggs
  • there's kimchi, and little strips of squid
  • The cheese is bubbling
  • This is the cheese fondue
  • and what you do is you take a piece of steak
  • and dip it in there
  • oh yeah
  • oh that is sooo sexy
  • Tender beef, melty cheese
  • What's not to love about that?
  • and now we've got a change of grills
  • so we can get some of that charcoal flavor in there
  • and this is the marinated short rib
  • Tender, juicy, just a slight bit of char
  • Wow
  • The marinated short rib
  • that thing is just exploding with flavor
  • and the short rib is probably the most tender, the meltiest piece of meat you can find in korean bbqs
  • and when you chew, that thing is just all butter
  • also what they have here, in terms of dipping sauce
  • it's a little wasabi, and the key to eating more steak, more fatty meat
  • is to be able to counteract that greasiness, that fattiness, with a bit of acid
  • a bit of spice, and a little bit of wasabi is really gonna make your steak sing
  • The wasabi really helps to just cut through the fat
  • It's really able to make the flavor of the beef stand out more
  • It's kind of like making a 2D movie 3D without giving you the headache
  • I tried the dry-aged ribeye steak
  • The prime ribeye steak
  • and the boneless short ribs so far
  • Out of those three-- Those are the top items in the Diamond tier
  • I would say stay away from the prime ribeye steak
  • It's okay, but it's not gonna be as tender or as flavorful as the aged steak
  • Also I feel like the short rib
  • I like that even more than the aged ribeye
  • It's just more tender and more flavorful for me
  • But the ribeye definitely has the bigger beefy flavor
  • Something else I gotta get
  • and I do this at every korean barbecue because I love it so much
  • The thinly sliced beef belly
  • This thing, usually I like to dip it in some sesame oil with some salt
  • Here I'm just gonna do a little salt
  • There is a lot of smoke
  • I think for the steak the skillet is more able to cook it to the perfect doneness
  • but the grills really amp up that smoky flavor
  • I think I'm going to stop the onslaught of meat here
  • But they got one more thing I gotta get
  • This is like a rice cracker ice cream
  • Essentially a little ice cream sandwich
  • So strawberry ice cream, a little syrup, between two rice crackers
  • and there's also a red bean paste on the bottom as well
  • The restaurant here makes a really good bun because it's super crumbly
  • and it's so airy that when you bite it, it kind of disintegrates
  • and melts in your mouth with the ice cream
  • A fitting conclusion to this pretty fantastic meal
  • Let's go talk outside
  • So overall impression:
  • I love that place
  • Also what kept popping into my head was that
  • East Coast all you can eat korean bbqs is just
  • not even close to what's being offered here
  • but let's break it down more
  • In terms of quality, this place is solid
  • Hey it's me again, just gonna cut in here on this guy
  • Anyway, like he probably said
  • this is a quality restaurant
  • all the meats we got were really good cuts
  • the customer service, the waitstaff so attentive and amazing
  • and everything tasted really good
  • even the side dishes, even that shake it box and the cold noodles were great
  • but in the previous review I said the steaks were good,
  • they weren't A5 wagyu quality but they were good especially for the price
  • all you can eat for the steaks
  • that's not a bad deal for steak lovers
  • it wasn't as tender as I would've liked
  • but the flavor is good
  • I think my favorite cut is the short ribs
  • which, of course, is limited to one per person
  • so at least for me, the extra money I was paying for the diamond level
  • I could have done without the steaks
  • I mean, the short ribs were excellent, the best cut there
  • But I don't know if that's worth the extra 25 or so dollars
  • So if I was to go back there again I'm pretty sure I will
  • because it is a great restaurant
  • and probably one of the top all you can eat korean restaurants I've been to in the US
  • I would not pay the extra money for the steak
  • Anyway, that's my revised review
  • now back to this guy
  • I mean, everything aside is just from my feeling going in
  • the whole dining experience and then coming out
  • My heart and my tastebuds are telling me 'That's a fantastic place'
  • and the original plan for this video was to go to 2 or maybe 3 all you can eat korean bbq restaurants to try them out
  • but a last minute collab has been scheduled for my last day here
  • So unfortunately that's going to have to wait until I come back
  • but trust me, I will get the job done
  • Anyway guys as always, the location for this place is listed for you in the description box below
  • Thank you all so much for watching
  • Until we eat again, I'll see you later

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The best thing about Korean barbeques is all you can eat Korean barbeque restaurants. I'm pretty impressed with TK92, and I have to say it's the BEST KBBQ place in the states that serve 45-day dry-aged steaks! With high-quality meats, good side dishes, great service, and cool ambiance its definitely worth the money.

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