Four of us tried this "cook your own" style restaurant, the dowtown location. It was not easy to find, since it is on a warehouse looking street with no other restaurants or stores. Once inside though, it was a pleasant atmosphere, and much larger than it appears when one first walks in the door. The decor is dark, with low lighting, but once seated at the table, with the cooking grill in the middle, there is enough light to see your menu and dinner partners.
The appetizers are prepared in the kitchen. The main dishes are brought to you ready to cook, and do cook quickly on the grill in front of you. We had an extraordinarily helpful waiter, Russell. When we told him it was our first time there, he carefully explained how everything works, the portion sizes, the favorites, and made suggestions when we asked.
The food is decent, but portions are very small. Each main dish plate has less than an appetizer portion of the meat on it. You need to order several main dish plates in order to have enough to add up to one main dish portion, so eating a meal here ends up being very expensive.
We enjoyed the shrimp dumplings, the rice bipbap or something (essentially fried rice), the meats of tongue, strip steak (a few small chunks), the hangar steak and lamb chops were all good. The short ribs were okay. We had all of these served in the standard marinade. I would skip the desserts; the green tea crepe everyone reccomends on Tripadvisor is not really what you would think of as a crepe. IT is several layers of a plain crepe (looking a bit green ) stacked to looked like a piece of cake,w ith a tiny scoop of ice cream on the side. Okay, but no taste really. The desert with the red bean paste is ruined by the red bean paste which tastes like a lump of sugar. No one could eat it.
Complimentary, luke warm greent ea is served at the end of the meal.
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