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Simon Moon Teaches Korean BBQ 101

Chef Simon Moon is the owner of Korea Garden Grille, the subject of this week's Café review. If you have never eaten Korean barbecue before, this is a great place to try it, because chef Moon makes the experience really easy. When several people in our party confessed that they didn't know where to start, Moon took them through the entire buffet line, explaining it item by item.

The chef lit the grill in the middle of our table and suggested that we get some cold banchan dishes like kim chee, seaweed salad and cold noodle salad to start. And while we were eating those appetizers, Moon came over to our table with a pile of raw kalbi (marinated short rib meat) and raw bulgogi (marinated rib eye steak) and arranged them on the hot grill. Moon proceeded to cook our entire meal for us.

Of course it was the middle of the afternoon on a weekday, and the restaurant was nearly empty. Don't expect personal-chef service on a weekend night. But if you have any questions about Korean barbecue, don't hesitate to ask chef Moon -- he is a very helpful guy.

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