My favorite Korean BBQ restaurant is Buga. I crave it quite a bit and can eat there all the time. No joke. I’ve even been known to choose it above my favorite “special occasions” restaurant (The Oceanaire). A few things have changed since Kirk’s (mmm-yoso!!!) first review back in 2005 (here) and my first visit to Buga. (Read Kirk’s other posts here and here.)
The panchan, although still the best around, has become somewhat “standardized” and less seafood ones (haven’t been served any seafood panchan in a long time). I sure do miss those tiny anchovies.
Buga’s price has always been a bit higher than other K-BBQ places but the meat quality, IMHO, is also still the best around. We always get 2 orders of galbi (need 2 orders or more of meat selection for grilling with maybe a couple of exceptions).
One of the items that comes with the meal is Gyeran Jjim (steamed egg). I forgot to take a picture of it while it was still “poofy” but here it is after it deflated (kind of souffle-like). Sorry the picture was a bit blurry. The Blackberry isn’t known for its photo quality. I love this stuff. My mom and grandmother used to make this for me for breakfast on weekends when I was a kid. I used to like to add just a tad of soy sauce on top but I like to eat Buga’s as is. Even the Mister has gotten into it lately.
Every so often when we’re really really hungry, we also order the Daeji Bulgogi (Spicy Marinated Pork) along with the galbi. I usually take some of this home, which makes for a great leftover! Next time we order it, I’ll add a picture.
Although a little pricier than other Korean BBQ places, I still think Buga is the best Korean BBQ place in town. Certainly worth splurging for.
Buga Korean BBQ Restaurant
5580 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92117
Open daily 11:00 am to 11:00 pm