Hwang’s Restaurant in Gardena, California is deliciously awesome! It’s a Korean Barbecue restaurant; there are a ton in Los Angeles, but I’d never had any Korean food until I moved here. Since then I’ve tried several in the Koreatown area that were all delicious, but they didn’t feel that unique. A few weeks ago a friend took me to Hwang’s and changed my perspective on the flavors Korean Barbecue entails.
It’s a small restaurant in a little strip mall and didn’t look like anything out of the ordinary. When we walked in there’s a whole bunch of Korean decor/posters. . . and oddly enough a collection of golf balls and golf trophies, but that has nothing to do with how awesome the food was!
As you can see from the photo, the table is set up with a grill in the center. When you get there, your server grabs your drink order and fires up the grill. Their menu is expansive and looks as thought it’s really expensive. This is misleading. While many of the menu items are $20 and up, they easily feed 2 if not 3 people.
How does a singular item feed 3 people? Not because the portions are huge, but because of what comes with the entree. We ordered the Beef Brisket and before we knew it the server had arrived with a tray FULL of small dishes loaded with food. There was the classic kimchi, and lotus roots, along with little Tofu type pancakes, other pickled vegetables, and things I had no idea what they were but they were delicious!
Once we had our side dishes we were presented with a huge plate with about 50 rolls of uncooked brisket, the serve placed it on the table and started putting the meat on the grill for us. She cooked the first layer and then we put some of our sides on the grill and continued to cook the meat from there. By the end of the meal there was nothing left. . . but that’s because we were starving. IF I were as to show up with a moderate appetite there would have been a whole nother meals leftovers!
The photo above is the portion size for the brisket plate. It’s absolutely amazing. The only drawback was slow service, but that’s almost the point. When you’ve been given all of your sides and entree, there’s not much need for the server and you just get to enjoy your meal. They also have a nice selection of beers (including the amazing Hite Beer) and soju (Distilled Rice Wine). **Check out the menu for some Crown Royer** So if you’re in Gardena, or anywhere in Los Angeles make the treck to Hwang’s in Gardena!
RATING: 5 out of 5