If the idea of a Korean barbecue—where you cook your own meat on a tabletop grill—seems intimidating, consider visiting Chosun Hwaro. The new, massive Miracle Mile restaurant features authentic Korean dishes including bulgogi, bibimbap and a variety of stews like kimchi and soybean paste. For fusion fare, there are also sushi rolls, as well as appetizers and salads.
If you’re here for the meat, you won’t be disappointed. To get the full carnivorous experience, opt for the combo. The small ($89) comes with the Empress and Emperor’s galbi (short rib), Pearl steak and brisket point, along with a steamed omelet and a bowl of Doenjang Jjigae stew. The large ($139) includes all of the above, plus prime ribeye.
Rest assured, the staff is trained to cook the meat skillfully and to your preference (you can also request to cook it yourself). All you have to do is sit back and enjoy the tender morsels of beef, which vary in complexity and flavor depending on their marinade. The pearl steak is especially noteworthy; tender and flavorful, it’s the perfect bite every time, especially paired with steamed rice.
The other component of Korean dining is the banchan, a selection of side dishes that complement the meat. Chosun Hwaro offers an unlimited refill of the accompaniments, including two types of kimchi, two types of salad, pickled vegetables, sesame glass noodles, potato-pumpkin salad, a trio of dipping sauces and a pumpkin soup as a palate cleanser.
As with other Asian cuisines, Korean food is meant to be eaten family-style, and with the generous portions at Chosun Hwaro, your group will leave stuffed and satisfied. Then come back another day for teppanyaki at the adjacent Nara Teppan, which offers a whole other menu of Asian specialties.
Chosun Hwaro Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood, 702-857-7676. Daily, 9 a.m.- 2 a.m.