Continuing our exploration of different Korean BBQ restaurants in San Diego, we decided to try out Kogi BBQ, an all-you-can-eat joint located on Kearny Villa Rd off of Hwy 163 and Clairemont Mesa Blvd.
The main reason that we were interested in Kogi is because of their Happy Hour special – $16.95 after 9pm. The menu is slightly limited compared with the regular menu ($19.95), but it had everything that we wanted. (Unfortunately, my picture of the menu didn’t turn out so well – here is a link to a pretty decent photo from Yelp.)
Unlike other KBBQ restaurants that have a full table of banchan, there’s only a small plate of assorted side dishes as shown above. I actually really liked the kimchi and the potato salad, though. I’m pretty sure there are unlimited refills, although we didn’t ask for any as we didn’t want to fill up on the sides. Also, unlike other KBBQ, Kogi has a separate “Sides” portion of the menu – you can order as many as you want, but there’s also a charge if you don’t finish everything, just like the meats.
The corn cheese was the side that I was most curious about – and we really liked it. It’s super simple, basically just corn mixed with melted mozzarella cheese, but those two things just happen to be two of my favorite things I guess, haha. We ended up liking it so much that we ordered another one later on.
Another one of the sides that you can order is the thin radish slices, which I like to pair with the grilled meat to balance out the salt and grease.
Our friend A ordered the soy bean soup, which is one of her favorite soups. I tried a bit of it, and it’s pretty salty but has a good amount of spiciness! I’ll have to try some more next time.