Tobang

Family combo for dinner approx. $43 ($15.94 per person for 3 people, including tax). Includes plenty of banchan, steamed egg in a hot pot, kimchi stew in a hot pot, nice variety of meats (which the waiters/waitresses assist in cooking on the grill), kimchi fried rice, seafood pancake, and frozen yogurt (little Asian bottled drink/dessert that can be found at places like 99 Ranch Market).

It wasn’t initially obvious whether or not the waiters/waitresses assist everyone in cooking the meat because hardly any other table (at the time) had ordered from the grill section. Meat includes pork belly, steak, and another type of beef. My group wasn’t sure if we appeared inexperienced, or if the treatment was not special treatment after all. Turns out, later, other neighboring tables received assistance in cooking their meats as well. Phew, maybe they didn’t think we were incompetent after all!

The fried rice was cooked by one of our waiters. Practically the entire staff served us at some point throughout our meal. Very beautiful dish, wrapped in foil to preserve heat. The waiter asked us for our preferred level of spiciness on a scale of 1-10. The waiter added a smiley face with hot sauce on top of the rice at the end of the cooking session.

If you check in on Yelp, it says you will receive a free seafood pancake appetizer and frozen yogurt dessert. First off, EVERYONE receives these two items, regardless of whether or not you checked in on Yelp. Secondly, the frozen yogurt dessert wasn’t even frozen, which I’m glad for, but I just had to mention that.

Towards the end of our meal, the waitress rushed us to leave due to the incoming crowd. Made my group outraged, but she was nice enough to apologize and offer us a coupon for a FREE Beef Appetizer, $8.99, applicable at the next visit.

Only one bathroom. Parking can be difficult to find if you arrive for dinner around 8pm, which is when this place seemed to have more customers. Staff is young. There are a few chairs to sit on while you wait, but they’re next to the door  – you’ll feel a chilly breeze every time the door opens.

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