“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.”
– J.R.R. Tolkien
I don’t know about you, but food gets me happy on most days. In most cases, I am grumpy or down when hungry and i’ll probably have to apologize for what I said when hungry. Jokes aside, food is something I am passionate about and you all probably already know this.
This year, I have decided to do more food reviews of restaurants in Atlanta and cities I visit when I travel. I recently discovered Korean bbq and let’s just say it is AMAZING!!!!
Today on the blog, I am talking about this one called “Char”, located at 299 North Highland Avenue 30307.
Char is a small cozy restaurant with a cute little bar. You can either sit at the bar and have some bar bites and drinks, or sit at a table and enjoy bar bites or a main meal which you cook in front of you. In much warmer weather, outside sitting is available.
We started off with some bar bites. Our picks included, brown sugar sesame fries, Korean fried chicken, Korean street corn and fried beef mandu. The manager also sent out some oysters to us.
Brown sesame fries: The brown sugar sesame fries were good, I mean, fries are always good right?
Korean Fried Chicken: On the other hand, the Korean fried chicken was too spicy for me. But hey! if you’re spice god, go for it by all means. It was tasty all the same. The Korean wings came with some sweet & spicy sauce and pickled radish.
Korean Street Corn: The street corn was really tasty, it consisted of spicy aioli, cotija cheese, scallion and lime. It was not corn on the cob, so it was also easier to eat.
Fried Beef Mandu: This is basically deep fried dumplings served with soy dipping sauce. This was definitely my favourite of the bar bites and if you ever visit, be sure to get it.
SOH – BEEF
Koreans eat a lot of meat, and that is exactly what we did. Your meat is served raw after you choose your preference from the menu and then as mentioned above, cooked right in front of you. All the meats come with complimentary kimchi and bowl of rice. You also get complimentary banchan with 12 ounce orders. You can also get a combination of different types of meats and each order typically serves 2-4 people, depending on how hungry you all are.
Korean bbq is a great experience and everyone should try it out atleast once. It is similar to Japanese Hibachi style of cooking, in that the food is prepared in front of you.