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Great service, but some dishes disappoint

December 18, 2010|By Lisa Dupuy
(Cheryl A. Guerrero )

With all the Korean barbecue restaurants dotting Foothill Boulevard in La Crescenta, there's little reason to drive to Korea Town for your grilled meat cravings. Surajung Korean B.B.Q. is a top choice for decor and service, but it left me generally unimpressed in the food department.

Surajung changed ownership about a year ago (it used to be called Surasang) so I was curious to check out the changes. My most salient memory of the old restaurant was their awful, chewy pork meat. Luckily, that has changed. But I also remembered Surasang's delicious shabu-shabu and the bounty of fresh vegetables they provided with their grilling meats. Sadly, both of those things are gone now. Nonetheless, we soldiered on.

My friends and I opted for the $11.99 all-you-can-eat lunch special. I've heard that unlimited amounts of four kinds of meat are freely offered for the table's communal grill. I say "I've heard" because we were not allowed to order it. We wanted to sample other things from the menu and the $11.99 deal ($21.99 at night) is only valid if all members of the party order it. So we ordered off the main menu and for a whopping $19.99 we got some marinated chicken.

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Our waitress confided that this was higher-quality meat than the all-you-can-eat variety. I admit it was tasty hot off the grill with its sweet garlic-soy marinade. But as I mentioned, I missed my veggies. They do bring a wide selection of banchan (side dishes), however. These side dishes can turn an ordinary meal into a real adventure. We nibbled on mung bean cake, nutty soy beans, tender potato chunks, seasoned bean sprouts, green salad, turnip kimchi and a really good, rather spicy, cabbage kimchi. We particularly liked the salad with its light, oil-free, lemon-soy dressing but found most of the other side dishes somewhat bland.

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