Authentic Korean barbecue returns after pandemic
888 Korean BBQ transports customers to their home countries with the culinary experience.
By Debbie Hall
888 Korean BBQ, located in Chinatown Las Vegas, has returned from the pandemic to a thriving business, including allowing customers to cook their own food on grills at their tables. In 2020, food and drink industry experts predicted the self-serve format in restaurants, including buffets, drink vending machines, and possibly the Korean barbecue, where customers cook their own meats on table grids.
This prediction did not come true. After the pandemic, people flock to buffets, pour their own drinks, and enjoy the Korean barbecue experience.
Korean barbecue is the popular method in Korean cuisine for grilling, including beef, pork, chicken, and fish. The 888 Korean BBQ’s grills are gas-fired, allowing meat, poultry or fish to be seared to suit each guest’s preferences. As for variety, there are meats for American tastes and, while considered exotic, other dishes for those familiar with Korean cuisine (or adventurers).
Appetizers tempt the palate, including salmon carpaccio, salmon poke, spicy tuna on a crisp, seaweed salad and vegetable spring rolls.
Kobe beef, Kobe brisket, Kobe New York steak, rib eye steak, MISO quality chuck and filet mignon are on the menu. Crown beef tongue, beef bulgogi (sirloin or tenderloin marinated in thin slices), beef brisket and kalbi (marinated short ribs) offer authentic Korean beef cuisine.
Pork lovers can enjoy bacon, minced pork belly, toro de porc (fatty meat around the cheek and neck) and spicy pork. Poultry includes selections of spicy chicken jidori and bulgogi jidori chicken. Jidori translates to “from the ground” and refers to a type of mixed-breed domestic chicken, known for its robust flavor. Bulgogi means “fiery meat” using the tender parts of the chicken. As for seafood, oysters and shrimps are offered as well as squid and octopus. The small intestine and the large intestine add to its genuine offerings. The vegetable selection includes a garlic tofu steak, zucchini, mushrooms, sweet corn and sweet onions.
The experience at 888 Korean BBQ encompasses traditional Korean barbecue where cooking and eating are the primary focus. Guests gather around a grill in the middle of the table, order raw meat and side dishes (banchan), and begin to cook and eat their own food.
888 Korean BBQ, located on Chinatown Plaza, 4215 Spring Mountain Road in Las Vegas, also has a cocktail program with a full bar and other drinks including soju, wine, beer, Degust tea, lemonade, soda or coffee. Follow on Instagram @ 888kbbq.