Monday, January 16, 2017

Where to Eat: dineL.A. Restaurant Week @ Hanjip

The Eats: All-you-can-eat Korean BBQ

The Location: Culver City

The Vibes: Casually upscale

Good for: Dates, groups, families

When-To-Go: dineL.A. dates: Jan. 13 – Jan. 27; dineL.A. menu hours: 5:30 p.m. – midnight on weeknights, 4 p.m. – midnight on weekends

The $$ Factor: $29 for a cocktail or soda, a selection of 20 all-you-can-eat meats, kimchi fried rice and six sides

The Names behind the scenes: Restaurateurs Chris Oh and Stephane Bombet

The 4-1-1: Hanjip is fairly new; it opened early last year

Parking Situation: Limited metered street parking; two parking structures with two hours free nearby

I’ll Be Back…: For the beef bulgogi!

dineL.A. Restaurant Week officially launched this past Friday, Jan. 13, and is going on for the next two weeks, until Friday, Jan. 27. It’s an annual event where hundreds of restaurants create pre-fixe lunch and dinner menus that typically include two to three courses. These menus are usually lower in price than normal, so it’s a great time to try new places, expensive places, old familiar places that you love…and still keep some extra coins in your pocket.

One restaurant in particular that's getting in on all of the dineL.A. action is Culver City’s Hanjip. Located right off of the main Culver Blvd. thoroughfare, it features a $29 dineL.A. dinner menu where you can order a soju cocktail or soda, kimchi fried rice and sides, and an all-you-can eat selection of meats and seafood, that you cook on a grill at your table.

There are four flavored soju cocktails to pick from, and a massive specialty cocktail — the Watermelon Soju, pictured below. It arrives in a halved watermelon with fruity pebbles and pop rocks that literally pop in your mouth. And if you don’t like soju, beers and wines are also available (but, no hard spirits).

The six sides include everything from broccoli to heirloom tomatoes (pictured below) and pickled onions, my favorite. You can also ask for raw white onions to grill on the side.

Specifically for dineL.A., you get 20 selections of meats and seafood: beef, chicken, pork, shrimp and octopus. The beef bulgogi is fantastic; it’s tender and lathered in a flavorful marinade. I’m also a fan of the garlic chicken and pork belly. My friend and I split four items between us and were beyond full. Side note: You can’t take anything to go if you don't finish it all.

Staff frequently come around to help cook the meat on your grill and announce when it’s ready, so if you’re new to the whole Korean BBQ experience or don’t feel like dealing with remembering when to turn your spicy shrimp, don’t worry, they’ve got you covered.

So the next time you’re in the mood for Korean BBQ on the Westside and don’t feel like heading to Koreatown, make your way to Hanjip — especially if it’s from now until Jan. 27, to experience the dineL.A. Restaurant Week menu.

See you there soon!

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