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Eight Korean BBQ

863 S. Western Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90005
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Anne Fishbein


  • Mon. - Thu. 11:30 a.m. - midnight; Fri. - Sat. 11:30 a.m. - 2 a.m.; Sun. 11:30 a.m. - midnight
  • $$
  • Lunch, Dinner
  • Beer/Wine
  • Parking Lot Available
  • Reservations Not Accepted
Eight Korean BBQ, formerly called Palsaik Samgyeopsal ("eight colors pork belly"), wants you to revel in the health benefits of pork fat. The list of eight major benefits from pork is not merely a marketing tool. My father is an acupuncturist and herbalist, and I've listened to countless stories about the glorious health benefits of pork belly, though perhaps not the same eight reasons cited by Palsaik Samgyeopsal's marketing team. The eight flavors aren't all equally good, but each is worth trying at least once as a kind of pork-belly tasting menu. This is one of the few Korean barbecue restaurants that ventures away from the ubiquitous soy sauce or gochujang (fermented chili paste) marinades. Thinly sliced rounds of pickled mu (a Korean daikon radish), ggaenip (perilla leaves) and lettuce are provided for ssam. - Susan Park

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