Monthly Archives: November 2014

MaDang 621 Korean BBQ Restaurant

621 S Western Ave
Ste 100
Los Angeles, CA 90005
 
(213) 384-2244
 
madang621.com
 
http://www.yelp.com/biz/madang-621-korean-bbq-restaurant-los-angeles

 

MaDang 621 is located in the same shopping complex as the CGV Theater on Western.  One of my Korean coworkers had recommended the lunch specials, since she knew that I love Korean food.  The lunch specials include set lunches, where you get your own individual banchans (side dishes)!

Parking is plenty in the large structure, and MaDang validates 4 hours.  For people who do not want to deal with the narrow parking spaces, I believe valet parking is also available.  MaDang 621 is located on the ground level of the complex, and is near the Western Ave side.  It is a pretty large restaurant, with a sizable outside seating area — although the outside area was not open during lunch.  The restaurant itself is pretty airy, with a modern Korean feel.  Our party of 6 was seated right away during lunch time, so not sure if reservations are needed for dinners.  During dinner time, I think the restaurant operates as a high-end Korean BBQ place.

 

Follow the sign!

 

The entrance leads into an open kitchen and bar area.  The seating area is just beyond the walkway.

 

The lunch specials menu — yes, even during weekends!!  ^ ^  The soo rah sang and jung shik sets come with individual banchans.  All of the other dishes come with large communal banchans.

 

The large communal banchans (from top left clockwise) – steamed broccoli, spicy radish and cucumber, dried anchovies/fish and walnuts, salted bean sprouts, spicy veggies, and kimchi slices.  All of the side dishes were really good.  Our favorite was definitely the dried fish with walnut!

 

The Jung Shik with Yun Aw Gui (grilled salmon).  The Jung Shik comes with your choice of meat or fish and similar banchans as the communal ones above, although it also had a marinated spicy garlic/jalapeno, and the spicy squid side dishes.  For rice, you get a choice or regular or purple rice.  Seaweed and the denjangchige (bean paste soup) rounds up the set.  Salmon was cooked perfectly and the side dishes all taste so good!!!  $12.99

 

Yook ge jang – spicy red chili soup with shredded beef, glass noodles, eggs and shitake mushrooms.  The noodle soup had enough kick, but was not overly spicy.  The shredded beef was pretty tender, and I really liked the glass noodles!  $9.99

 

Will definitely be back to try the other lunch specials!  Nom nom nom….

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Lawry’s The Prime Rib – Tailgate!

http://www.lawrysonline.com/lawrys-primerib/beverly-hills/catering/Tailgates

One of my new favorite food finds is Lawry’s tailgate!!!  I love eating at the restaurant in Beverly Hills and did not know that they throw a catering tailgate at every USC home football game until this year.  I think they now have it for all UCLA home games as well.  So for all of you guys who love the restaurant experience, you will also love the catered tailgate as well!

The USC tailgate has grown in size, so now it is under a massive tent, near Gate 1 at the Coliseum.  I had gone to the homecoming tailgate, and it was around 30 tables.  Reservations must be made and paid in advance through Lawry’s.  Seats do get sold out so be sure to make reservations in advance!  Reservation details can be found on Lawry’s website.

The check-in table and the crowd by the open bar.  Line moves pretty fast though!

 

Tailgate is $75 per person.  However, it is ALL-You-Can-Eat and All-You-Can-Drink (including alcoholic drinks)!  Food is just like what they serve at the restaurant – prime rib and turkey carving stations being the staples.  The rest of the menu changes, by the theme/state of the opposing team.  The menu can be viewed through the Lawry’s website – it’s usually available 1 – 2 weeks before the game.

 

For the homecoming game, there was the usual prime rib, with Lawry’s famous creamed spinach and potato au gratin.  There were also buffalo wings, and a refreshing apple salad.  The prime rib is more thinly sliced than the restaurant portion, so that people could make sliders, if they wanted to.  Since it’s AYCE, go for seconds or thirds!  🙂

 

Save some room for dessert too!  Double Rainbow Ice cream was the dessert at the homecoming game and let me just say, the coffee flavor even beats the Haagen-Daz version that I love.  Nom nom nom….

 

Lawry’s Tailgate is such an awesome experience and not to mention value.  Will definitely be back for more next year!