jeong won korean bbq buffet / kearny mesa – san diego, ca
Jake had been wanting to try Korean BBQ for quite some time. The allure of “all you can eat” was a siren call to him and he knows I’m super reluctant to go to all you can eat places, but I had been wanting to try Korean BBQ as well. A few other bloggers suggested that I visit Jeong Won Korean BBQ buffet for our first AYCE try.
At Jeong Won, in the back of the restaurant is an area for grabbing all of the meat and vegetables you want, plus a few cold side dishes. The raw meats are in bins in one side and veggies/side dishes are in another. There’s another area with small dishes and various sauces for your grilling needs.
They had chicken, beef, lamb, fish, shrimp and pork – all various styles and cuts including honey bacon (which I loved), pork belly, short ribs, and a bunch of other stuff (I didn’t document it all).
Here’s my plate filled with a few veggies and some really delicious Korean style potato style. I’m not sure what exactly made it “Korean style” but it had bits of veggies in it and it was very tasty. Jake totally skipped the veggies since he’s such a boy, but I went and got some zucchini, mushrooms and onions to grill up. Plus some corn on the cob, which was hard to grill since it was rounded.
We were able to pretty much figure out how to long to grill things just by looking at it and seeing if it was done. The grill isn’t set to super burning high or anything so it’s easy to monitor and check on your meats. Besides, they’re sitting right there in front of you! What else have you got to do?
Well, Jake was watching the Chargers that day actually (it was a quiet Sunday afternoon in December when we went here) but he managed to not overcook anything.
There’s a bunch of different sauces to sample as well. From top left – sesame sauce, ginger sauce and on the bottom fish sauce. I didn’t like the fish sauce on the meat, but I loved alternating between the ginger and sesame sauces. The sesame sauce was Jake’s favorite – he probably had like six saucers full
Our waiter swung by and brought us this complimentary dish – Korean pancake. I thought this was yummy, even when it got cold. It reminded me of a cross between pancake and flatbread with some herb/garlic kind of seasoning on it. It was on the savory side with a nice chew and a little bit of char.
For dessert, they have a soft serve ice cream station with chocolate and caramel sauce available. Only vanilla. Nice way to end a meal – just simple soft serve.
When you visit here, you can amuse yourself by reading the many, many signs that they have posted around the whole restaurant. Not all are sentimental like the ones in my photo. They all seem to be on different colored papers, in different fonts and haphazardly placed everywhere.
Here’s a another peek at the restaurant. The tables are all metal with the tabletop grill in the middle.
All in all, Jake and I gave this place two “tongs” up! Haha, I crack myself up. The price is pretty reasonable here as well – $20 per person. You could really stuff yourself silly here with the all of the meats they have available. They do have a charge if you have a “gross” amount of leftovers – basically, only get what you think you’ll eat and don’t be insane about it! The meats are pretty good quality and I liked the flavor they got from the grill. I’d totally come here again if the mood strikes!
Jeong Won Korean BBQ Buffet
(Yelp review here)
4690 Convoy St., Ste 104
San Diego, CA 92111