It’s hard to find Vegan Korean BBQ in Los Angeles, but I did it.
I know. “Vegan Korean BBQ” sounds like an oxymoron. We live close to the largest Koreatown in the country, but can’t take proper advantage, since very few restaurants offer vegetarian options. I usually wait til Abe goes out of town to get my bulgogi on with other carnivores, but last night we finally got to dine together!
The restaurant, Shin BBQ, isn’t far from K-town, in Hollywood on Wilcox and Selma. There’s valet, but we were able to find street parking pretty easily at 7:30 on a Saturday night.
I had looked over the menu online, and knew exactly what to get – the Seitan Bulgogi and Vegetable Plate. I ordered right away from our very friendly and knowledgeable waiter. So basically, from the time we sat down to the time we left, dinner took less than 40 minutes! They started bringing out food STAT.
A giant salad. Beautiful veggies, perfectly dressed in a yummy vinaigrette!
And other banchan – broccoli, daikon, bean sprouts, and kimchi.
Everything was vegetarian, except for these potatoes, which the waiter brought out especially for me 🙂
So yes, to make it clear, Shin is NOT vegetarian. There are just a lot of veggie-friendly options, and when you order those, there is no need for the BBQ grate on all the tables. Our main course was prepared separately, in the kitchen, to prevent cross contamination.
I was kinda bummed we wouldn’t be doing our own grilling. But as Abe pointed out, “Why would we want to go out to eat and pay to do everything ourselves?” True. And this way, we wouldn’t have to wait for our food to finish cooking. Especially since it literally took 5 minutes for this sizzling platter to appear on the table.
Followed by this gorgeous thing.
The veggie assortment is impressive! Sweet potato, pumpkin, eggplant, shrooms – even lotus root!
They go perfectly with these complimentary dipping sauces.
By the way, ALL the side dishes (salad included), and this rice, are free!
Which means this delicious + massive feast (with a Groupon for 1/2 off) cost us each less than $15/person (that’s including tax, tip + Abe’s beer).
They’ll even refill your banchan if you want! Wasn’t necessary though – we were already stuffed to the gills.
We ate every single thing! Every banchan, every onion…
…every kernel of rice!
All I had to do was sit back in my cozy booth, take in the gorgeous decor, and digest!
Needless to say, we are in love and we will be back.