25 2017 Feb
Los AngelesTagged food, korean bbq, koreatown, service

You should have seen it coming. What makes it a trip to Los Angeles for us was finding a Korean BBQ joint to kick off the night. This time around it was Magal BBQ. A place full of energy that’s powered by its young and sometimes inebriated patrons. What that really means was that this was a place friends come to eat and drink. Because that’s exactly what we did.

There was a modest wait, although we had a seat if every happened to be there. Too bad this happened to be one of those rare cold as hell LA nights. We were really hating our unorganized selves. But within 30 minutes the host came out and let us know our table was ready. Needless to say we rushed in and got our menus.

We opted for two large Beef Combos, priced at $98.99 and meant to serve 3-4 people per combo, that included:

  • Beef Skirtmeat
  • Paper Thin Sliced Brisket End-Point
  • Prime Beef Boneless Rib or Prime Beef Rib Eye (we had one per combo)
  • Marinated Prime Short Rib
  • Assorted Grilled Items (king mushrooms, shrimp, and some vegetables)
  • Boneless Short Rib Sushi
  • Soybean Paste Soup with Beef Brisket

There were 9 of us so of course, we we ordered more a la carte. I did miss a couple things in my photos, such as the pork belly, assorted grilled items, and the sides. Well, there weren’t too many sides to begin with. There was a cold soup which left us scratching our heads, a small plate of pretty good kimchi for the four of us, a couple bowls of salad to share, pickled celery, and some sauces and condiments. That was pretty much our banchan. Yikes. I think that’s why we left a bit hungry. Or maybe it was the fact that we were planning to end the meal with the Volcano Fried Rice only to find out that they ran out. Double yikes. How could they run out of their signature, yet gimmicky, dish? Oh the horrors of an amateur foodie.

Overall though, the meat quality was good. They focus on unadulterated meats, as in, not too much seasoning. We were fine with that. There were a couple of stand out cuts that made us look to one another with that “Oh yeah, that’s the stuff.” And the service, even for a hectic Saturday night, was attentitive. They made sure to come by and check on the grill, which was changed at least six times. Pretty good.

Magal BBQ

3460 W 8th St
Los Angeles, CA 90005
+1 (213) 383-1909

Verdict: Although it’s good in terms of quality of meats and service, I’d only go here to change up my Korean BBQ fix. I blame competition.

The Setup @Magal BBQ

The grill was an interesting setup. The middle, grill itself, was interchangeable (you'll notice in the other photos) and housed a gas burner underneath. Starting from the top and going clockwise, you have the resting area where they'll place your cook meats so you won't overcook them. Next was a little area filled with mixed vegetables that will cook alongside your meal. Then it's an area filled with an egg mixture that'll become a omelet followed by another helping of mixed vegetables.


The Service @Magal BBQ

One thing you don't have to worry about here was cooking your own things. The servers come by to cook for you. Don't be shy letting them know if you like things on the rare side.


Melted Cheese @Magal BBQ

When we noticed they had melted cheese as a side dish, we had to order it. I believe it was meant for the pork, but we had it with the beef anyways. So good!

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Adding Cheese to Korean BBQ @Magal BBQ

Take a juicy cut of marinated beef and wrap it in melted cheese. What do you get? Well, happiness of course. So glad someone spotted this option on the back wall.


Brisket @Magal BBQ

As with most Korean BBQ places, the thinly sliced brisket was first to hit the grill. Cooks fast and an easy crowd pleaser.

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Skirtmeat @Magal BBQ

When they say skirt meat, I generally think skirt steak. Excuse me if I got that wrong. However, do believe me that this cooked up quite juicy. And the sliced king mushrooms weren't bad either. Checkout that egg mix on the side. It's about ready for us to dive in.

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Prime Beef Short Rib @Magal BBQ

A good ratio of meat to fat made this a succulent piece of beef after it was cooked. I'm surprised we didn't order more of this stuff.

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Marinated Prime Beef Short Rib @Magal BBQ

Here's a classic cut for Korean BBQ, marinated short rib. It even has bone in pieces. Who doesn't love this. And look how that cooked up.

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Prime Rib Beef @Magal BBQ

This cut was for sure our favorite cut of the night, because we ordered another duo off the menu for both grills. It doesn't come seasoned, but it was wonderful with the sea salt and cheese.

$37.99 USD

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Special Pork Jowl @Magal BBQ

We added the pork cheek to try out and it was one unique cut of pork. It's kinda like the toughest part of the fat melded with the meat of the cheek giving it a firmer texture to say, pork belly.

$24.99 USD

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Short Rib Sushi @Magal BBQ

Each one of us got one of these to try. It tasted okay but it's just not something you'd actually go out of your way to order. They were very small bite sized pieces. About a third the size of normal nigiri at a Japanese restaurant.

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The OxPosted February 25, 2017 By the hungry ox


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