So I finally got here. There is NOTHING online about the Korean BBQ and I had to investigate. The mixed terrible reviews and 5 star reviews, coupled with my love of Korean BBQ, prompted me to take one for the team.
To start, this place is the old ruby palace in holmdel, 2 doors down from dearborns. My cousin and I pull up around 6:45 and the parking lot is probably a third filled…maybe less.
We notice the signs out front advertise all types of cuisine. One says “Thai and Korean BBQ”
Online I could not find anything regarding korean. I couldn’t find a single review or pic…not one. The only ounce of info was some lady ranting on yelp about not being able to get korean BBQ for takeout. (Rolling eyes.) Even the menu online mentions nothing about bbq.
So we walked in and right off the bat it is pretty weird. There is no hostess or host in sight. The sushi chef is doing his thing and one server passes us. We wait probably an awkward 2 minutes and this little girl comes running out from the back to the register. She was maybe 3 and then a lady, most likely her mom, comes running out and sees us. She proceeds to come around from the register and goes over to a stack of menus and a single piece of loose leaf paper with drawings on it. I believe it was to keep track of what server was going to get the next table. She holds the paper and studies it for like 30 seconds with this really confused look. I had no clue what was going on, but for a pretty dead restaurant, this was painfully slow and weird. So then she finally brings us to a booth.
My cousin and I look immediately for the bbq and there is NOTHING that even mentions the word bbq at all. We sit there for maybe 7 minutes wondering what the hell is going on. The hostess comes back and says “did your server get you drinks yet?” We told her we hadn’t been waited on and asked her about the bbq. She said “oh you have to go to the back room” (FYI this place has a liquor license)
So we then get up and go to the back room where the grills are. There is a single table seated in the back and we were the second.
So I finally cracked the mystery. They do indeed have bbq but dont list it anywhere, tell you about it when you are greeted, or even give you the separate bbq menu unless you actually ask them. Unreal! Sans the giant sign in front, no one would ever know they even served it.
OK I’m done writing for now. I’ll post more later or tomorrow. Some pics…