We've dined here about a dozen times over the past few years. If it's midnight on a Friday and we just got out of the Tysons movie theatre and all the other area restaurants in our neighborhood are closed, Yechon's our go-to spot. What's also nice is Breeze Bakery Cafe is located right next door, so if it's open you can grab a coffee and dessert before heading home. Parking is a pain, especially if you go around 7 or 8pm. Don't get me wrong--you will still be looking for a spot at 10pm, but as the night goes on, it does get a little bit easier. When you enter and there's no seats, they'll give you a buzzer. We've never waited more than 10-15 minutes for a table. Service can be hit-or-miss, in particular when it's time to settle the bill. However, every table is outfitted with a service bell, so if you need anything, just ring that bell! If you come before 10pm or so, you'll see female servers in traditional hanbok; the late-night staff will always be male.
Yechon's main selling point is that it has a little bit of everything for everyone. Sometimes you're not feeling like KBBQ and you have that one friend who can't tolerate heat but is okay to eat sushi or teriyaki. I've had the bibimbap, sundubu, seafood pancake, a variety of the broiled fish dishes, sushi, as well as the KBBQ. As far as sundubu goes, Lighthouse Tofu is way better, but everything else is solid. When it comes to KBBQ, the portion size is small if you have a hearty appetite. If you want more meat, go to an All You Can Eat Place.
If you and your dining companions are super hungry and are indecisive, go with their special set menu. They have a few set menus, but the one we like to order is $45.95 (for 2 people) and includes sashimi, bulgolgi, spicy pan-fried squid, broiled mackerel, bean paste stew, and mixed rice/grains with dates and ginseng. Plus 2 bottles of beer! The KBBQ here is more expensive than other restaurants, with some dishes starting at $15.95, so the set menu is a real value.
The only thing I do not like here is the kimchi that is part of their banchan rotation. Their version is really sweet for some reason. Because of that, I have never ordered any kimchi-heavy entrees.
Bonus: they accept credit cards.
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