Chicago Kalbi Korean Restaurant

Restaurants, Korean Albany Park
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Chicago Kalbi Korean Restaurant
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Chicago Kalib

Cooking at home may be a bore, but an indoor Korean barbecue is an adventure. Your server sets white-hot charcoal on your well-ventilated table and then brings out marinated raw meats such as kalbi (short ribs) or Kobe beef for you to grill. Included are about a dozen salty, spicy side dishes known as banchan. If you don’t feel like cooking, dolsot bibimbap served in a stone casserole is one of the tastier traditional rice bowls in town.


Venue name: Chicago Kalbi Korean Restaurant
Address: 3752 W Lawrence Ave

Cross street: between Ridgeway and Hamlin Aves
Opening hours: Dinner (closed Tue)
Transport: El stop: Brown to Kimball. Bus: 53, 81.
Price: Average main course: $15
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I did not realize when I first suggested Korean BBQ that my friends who picked the restaurant actually suggested a Japanese version of Korean BBQ. Perhaps that was part of the issue....

Having only done Korean BBQ one other time, the key things that stuck out to me were the endless side dishes. In particular, the fish cakes. So much to my dismay, I disheartened to hear that the sides not only were not endless, but they rationed the portions. It's like this, there were 6 of us and we ordered 5 meats - we were told we could only have sides for 4 people. That was disappointing and the sides went quick. Plus, there were no fish cakes.

I may also have been expecting too much when I assumed that they may ask if this was our first time or perhaps give us a quick tutorial on how to cook the meat, but they didn't. Instead, we eventually got yelled at for doing it incorrectly.

On the plus side, the meat was delicious. However; again, the portions were not all that plentiful and when you're trying to be polite and not eat the last piece because you're sharing with friends, you wind up leaving a little hungry. Or maybe that's just me.

*Parking was easy.
*They were able to accomodate a party of 6 plus a high chair, no problem.
*It was baby friendly and I was a little concerned about the smoke and whatnot, but it wasn't an issue.
*They also have cute little cubbies where you sit in a private little room; which if I went back, I would totally want to do that!