I lived in Seoul for a year, and since then, have enjoyed the Korean parts of Tacoma for the last 5+ years. I've eaten in many Korean cuisine restaurants all over the South Sound area, and even in Seattle.
That being said, Shin Sung is the best place to go!
Shin Sung is located just off I-5, and right near the Palace Spa. They are open very late (until about 10 pm on Sundays!).
The menu is 98% in Hongol, but the wait staff are helpful. If you have not tried Korean food, or are not familiar with some customs and courtesies, this is more than likely not the place for you. However, grab a friend who IS familiar and you will be enjoying great food in no time.
Shin Sung has regular tables and the in-table gas bbq grill tables. The waitstaff will ask if you are "BBQ" or not, so they know where to seat you. Expect a wait time for BBQ tables! If you have a large group, ensure you make a reservation. The BBQ tables could seat up to 6 people in a pinch.
I do not know the quality or quantity of the regular menu items, but I have seen many favorite dishes listed. The "regular" tables seemed quite pleased. Now, on to the BBQ review! First, do not wear gauzy clothes, or anything that could easily catch on fire.
There are three "levels" of the all-you-can-eat Korean BBQ. We always get the expensive one, which is $15 per person, and includes spicy pork, bulgogi (thinly sliced, marinated beef) and galbi/kalbi (marinated beef short ribs). The galbi and bulgogi marinades are not spicy but very delicious. Two less expensive BBQ options do not have the galbi, which is a Korean delicacy.
After being seated, you will be brought whatever beverage you desire, and the waitstaff will fire up the gas BBQ grill. Once you've ordered, a large bowl of salad is brought to you. Then the platter of raw meat arrives. And after that the side dishes, known as banchan arrive. All of these items are all-you-can-eat. Try them!
The waitstaff will get you started on tending your BBQ. After that, it's pretty much up to you. We've seen multiple fires at other tables, so pay attention to your grill....turn it down and enjoy! When there is a fire, the waitstaff handles it with aplomb.
If you leave hungry, it is absolutely your fault. I love Shin Sung and am taking a large group there in a week to enjoy it too. Incidentally, a similar BBQ in Tacoma will cost you about $30, and in Seattle, about $35. The clientele are mostly Korean, and this is not only the most reasonable Korean BBQ I've found, but it is downright delicious. I hand out cards to many friends.
Also: the tip is factored into your bill total. :) Trust me, these ladies are worth every penny!
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