Korean BBQ and Mondays

A few days ago I experienced a new style of restaurant at Seoul Q in St. Louis: Korean BBQ.

The concept of Korean BBQ is that you cook your food on a grill built into the table. I’ve experienced something like this (yakiniku) in Japan, but there were some big differences. The yakiniku I ate was cooked on a solid, flat pan, and pretty much the entire meal consisted of eating meat (I have no recollection of vegetables being involved–I ate very differently back then!)

Korean BBQ–at least at Seoul Q–was cooked on an open-flame gas grill, and around the rim of the grill were places for vegetables and even eggs. A number of side plates accompanied the meal to bring in a variety of flavors and textures:

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One of my favorite things about the meal was how fast the food arrived at the table. The kitchen didn’t need to cook anything other than the korokke, so within 1 minute of placing our order, we had food on the table. After that it was a constant flow of food.

We ordered two main courses to put on the grill: tofu with vegetables and a mix of pork shoulder and pork belly. It was just me and a friend, and we realized that we had ordered way too much food–good thing leftovers are my favorite!

I already knew that I love Korean spices, so the flavor profiles were really delicious. It was interesting contrasting raw and cooked kimchi, and I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the cheesy corn. I usually don’t like corn, but it was delicious.

Also, I was a server at two restaurants many years ago, and my full-time job now is 70% customer service, so I’m always very aware of good or bad service. The service at Seoul Q was excellent. This style of dining requires a lot of extra attention from the server to make sure the food is cooked properly, and the complementary staff were also a big help at refilling dishes, water, etc. I was really impressed.

Have you ever tried a restaurant like this? What did you think?

Also, quick side note: Why are so many restaurants closed on Mondays? I tried to order a pizza for lunch today, and 3 of my favorite pizzerias in St. Louis were all closed. Is there a general rule that restaurants don’t do well on Mondays?


4 Responses to “Korean BBQ and Mondays”

  1. Ryan says:

    Yes. A lot of restaurants will close Monday just because it tends to be their slowest day. Strange that your pizza places were closed though. I didn’t know there wasn’t a good time for pizza! I have heard of these types of restaurants. Never was too keen on cooking my own food at the table though.

    • Jamey Stegmaier says:

      “I didn’t know there wasn’t a good time for pizza!” Ha ha…I know, right?! I had the same reaction.

      • Ryan says:

        Are there 24 hr pizza places in St. Louis? I used to live in Anchorage and they had one. Granted it wasn’t the best pizza but it was always available! Now that I’ve lived in Flagstaff and Knoxville I’ve yet to find another 24 hr pizza delivery place. I always figured if Alaska had one surely Arizona and Tennessee should.

        • Jamey Stegmaier says:

          I don’t think St. Louis has those, but it might just be that I’ve never tried to order a pizza during typical off-hours. 🙂

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