Seoul Garden unveils buffet trifectaChew On This Digest
September 28, 2014
Story By: Michelle Lee | Photos by: Tony Grillo
Whoever said “less is more” probably has never tried Korean-style yakiniku before — certainly not at Seoul Garden Yakiniku, where copious amounts of beef, pork and chicken, seasoned to perfection, grill all day long.
So, it comes as no surprise that diners are thrilled, as the restaurant’s owner Yun Hee Im added three new yakiniku buffet sets to the menu earlier this year.
“Hawaii has really embraced Korean cuisine in recent years, especially the last 10 years or so,” says Im. “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.”
A popular lunch spot for many residents and professionals in the area, Seoul Garden invites all to try its Garden Lunch Buffet ($16.95 for adults, $10.95 for children 4-8 years old), which offers unlimited portions of chicken, marinated beef, seasoned ribs, marinated pork and marbled beef. “We take a lot of pride in choosing superior cuts of meat, explains Im. “The quality of meat we choose is better equipped to absorb and retain the flavor from the marinade, which we make from scratch.”
An appropriate follow-up to lunch, Garden Dinner Buffet ($22.95 for adults, $16.95 for children 4-8 years old) also includes tender pork belly and seasoned, cubed beef franks. For an even bigger variety, Garden Dinner Premium Buffet ($28.95 for adults, $16.95 for children 4-8 years old) provides the ultimate Korean dining experience, with additional choices of mountain tripe, beef short rib and shrimp.
Each yakiniku buffet comes with sides of steamed egg, corn, cheese and jun, as well as the usual plethora of banchan side dishes including kimchi, spinach, tofu, sweet potato and seasoned bean sprouts. “We also include a choice of bean paste stew, soft tofu stew or kimchi stew,” says Im. “There really is no better way to do Korean food.”
Seoul Garden Yakiniku
1679 Kapiolani Blvd.
Daily, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (lunch) 3 p.m.-2 a.m. (dinner)