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The Garden of Eatin’

By Kyle Galdeira Photos By Bodie Collins
March 15, 2015

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For those craving stellar Korean entrees and delicious yakiniku combinations prepared fresh at the table, Seoul Garden Yakiniku serves up nothing but the best meats and vegetables within an inviting, relaxed environment.

For more than 10 years, Seoul Garden Yakiniku’s convenient Kapiolani Boulevard locale has dished out delicious Korean and yakiniku-style cuisine for lunch, dinner and late-night meals. The restaurant offers up high-quality meats prepared with special seasonings and marinades to bring out all the popular flavors in each bite.

“We offer great quality and value,” says owner Yun Hee Im. “Hawaii has really embraced Korean cuisine in recent years, especially the last 10 years or so. Ever since Seoul Garden first opened, we have made it our mission to produce authentic Korean dishes at the greatest possible value for our customers.”

Seoul Garden Yakiniku has just added Fresh Pork Belly (market price) to its yakiniku selections, and as a special inside scoop for Dining Out readers, the delicious, succulent pork is currently available. The restaurant also offers a new Pan-Fried Squid and Seafood (market price) entree, which is packed with flavor and includes udon noodles, cucumber, bell peppers and a spicy sauce.

Yakiniku enthusiasts rave about Seoul Garden’s all-you-can-eat options available daily. Garden Lunch Buffet ($16.95 for adults, $10.95 for children 4-8 years old) offers unlimited portions of chicken, marinated beef (bulgogi), seasoned ribs, marinated pork and marbled beef. Similarly, Garden Dinner Buffet ($22.95 for adults, $16.95 for children 4-8 years old) includes the aforementioned choices in addition to pork belly and seasoned, cubed beef franks.

The ultimate in yakiniku feasts, Garden Dinner Premium Buffet ($28.95 for adults, $16.95 for children 4-8 years old) takes the dining experience to the next level by offering the same selections as the Garden Dinner Buffet as well as mountain tripe, beef short rib and shrimp.

The dining experience is also enhanced by Seoul Garden Yakiniku’s assortment of complimentary side dishes, which pair perfectly with one’s favorite yakiniku set or entree. Im explains that diners receive seven to eight of the side dishes that are rotated daily and include such favorites as steamed broccoli, bean sprouts, kim chee, mushrooms, steamed egg or potatoes served in a savory, sweet marinade.

Each yakiniku buffet selection also comes with additional sides of steamed corn prepared with butter and cheese as well as a choice of stewed soup: kim chee, soft tofu or miso.

“There really is no better way to enjoy Korean food,” Im says.

Multiple lunch specials also satisfy any appetite with selections including Oxtail Soup ($13.95) and Kim Chee and Mandoo Soup ($8.95). Some of the lunch plates have also become customer favorites, such as the Combination Plate ($13.95 with Kalbi, Beef and Chicken), Beef Bulgogi Plate ($11.95), Fish Jun Plate ($8.95) and Mandoo Plate ($8.95).

Seoul Garden Yakiniku provides an ideal setting for family-style dining, business meetings and simple gatherings with friends. The restaurant serves up its popular favorites from 10 a.m. to midnight daily.

Seoul Garden Yakiniku

1679 Kapiolani Blvd., Honolulu
944-4803
Daily, 10 a.m.-midnight