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Saturday Lunch Buddies: Korean BBQ House

3200 Central Ave SE, Albuquerque, NM [view FoodMap]

A few weeks ago, before Mike's Saturday Game Night, we decided to grab dinner. Unfortunately, since Ar-Ri-rang (our fav restaurant) closes at 6:30pm, we couldn't go there for dinner   Mike found an alternative Korean restaurant called Korean BBQ House.  It's West on Central, ~10+ min. drive.  So Mike, Kuan, Tian, Betty, Stef, Surapong and I headed out there…parking was pretty easy on the side streets.


Let's start by introducing what we ordered….

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Salad tasted stale. Soup was ok.

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Above is the Kimchee Jikae ($7.95) I ordered this so I could compare with Ari-ri rang.

Napa cabbage, tofu in a chili pepper stew, pork. Soup. 

The Jikae was decently spicy, but I was disappointed by 'bacon slices' in it (pork and bacon are quite different…DAMMAT!) Big deductions.  The spice didn't have the fresh taste in it either.  In addition, I only got a small bowl of rice to go with it.  Not very filling, and not very satisfying.  Furious  Let's see how the other dishes fan out…

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Above is Surapong being shy.  Behind him, that's where they cook the bulgogi dishes.  Moving onto the side dishes…

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I dunno about you, but they sure were plain, tasteless and boring!

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This is Stef's (~$10) Dolsot bibimbob ( Steamed rice, vegetables, red pepper paste on the side, fried egg, served on a hot stone pot.) After the meal, I think hers was a better deal, though still pricy compared to Ar-ri-rang.


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Kuan (with his salmon dish); Tian and me (smiling and happy before we realized how bad this restaurant really was).

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Tian's seafood something…you know that cuz he always order seafood.

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Mike's diet.  'Nuff said. Wink

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Above, the Bulbogi…chicken/pork/beef… Tasteless, poorly cooked.  Not impressive.  I think I can do a better job…seriously. 


I'm not impressed with any of their dishes.  I definately won't ever go back to Korean BBQ House, even if it means to eat dinner before 5pm at Ar-ri-rang.  So, I'll keep this review short and to the point… 


Hungry Cactus' verdict: C+ 

Update: I heard they have a really good sushi buffet in the back?  Hmmm…I will need to investigate further with caution…