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O Dae San
Posted by Reynard on 08/21/2012
I am a connoisseur of Korean BBQ and the the food is pretty pedestrian in comparison to other restaurants. The kalbi marinade is unremarkable; it seems like it was drenched in teriyaki sauce - this is a no no for a Korean BBQ that calls for garlic, Korean soy sauce, touch of brown sugar, and hint of ginger. I certaintly didn't taste that here. The quality of the meat is standard to select at best and the rib meat cut into thick pieces which makes the meat tougher to chew - thick is ok if your serving choice or prime grade meat. The most remarkable thing about this BBQ restaurant is it's service. The servers are unavailable when you need them and and when they are available, they are inconsiderate. Most servers are sophisticated enough to check on their patron once or twice soon after the meal is served then during the home stretch or at the end of the meal, they step it up and really cater to you - to leave a lasting impression on you for that tip. I don't think the servers here are that evolved; on one occasion, a waiter just looked and kept on going when I called him. It's not uncommon to ask for the same thing several times and have the server grimace at you. Finally, everyone should be aware that cleaniness is not O Dae San's strong point. In fact, Ive seen servers serve and carry food where cross-contaminations was happening right in front of my eyes. With all the good Korean BBQ restaurants around and there are quite a few of them within a stone throw from here, how do they stay in business? Caveat Emptor
Posted by h241sally on 10/10/2008
O Dae San is by far the best korean bbq restaurant i have tried (and i've tried a lot of places). It used to be a japanese seafood restaurant but the owners recently changed it to a korean bbq place. The things i enjoyed most are the following: * Quality and taste of beef - we had a large party so we had a chance to try all of the different types of prime and choice beef on the menu, starting with the non-marinated seng galbi all the way to the house special yang nyum galbi. You can taste a clear difference in quality and preparation relative to the other places with lower quality meat such as soot bull jeep or chosun galbi. You can also see them prepare the meat right in front of you since they have a viewing area into the kitchen. * Large spaces, private rooms and cleanliness - everything about this place has a sense of cleanliness and attention to detail. The spaces are wide and open ranging from tables that seat 4, to large U-shaped booths, to large private rooms that accomodate over 20 people, to their largest banquet room that can accomodate 50+...all of which are on 2 floors. It's nice not to feel cramped and eat in a clean environment * Huge parking lot - for the experienced k-towners, everyone knows that parking can be a pain in the a$$. this restaurant is great because they have a huge parking lot so waiting is not an issue. * Great service - the waitresses are very attentitve and well-trained. also, they are generous with their portions of meat, banchan and other "service" items. i noticed that an order for 3 of kalbi is more like an order for 4 compared to other restaurants because the portions are much larger. * Affordable lunch menu - the lunch specials are simply amazing. they come in these bento boxes that come with sashimi and other sides...and the best part is that they range from only $9-13 per entree.