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356 BBQ & Bar ($25.99 AYCE) – San Diego, CA

We don’t venture outside of Convoy for AYCE Korean BBQ often. I was surprised and curious when a new Korean BBQ restaurant opened in Mission Valley. The restaurant was brand new, modern, and not AYCE. I should have written ‘but not AYCE’ because Cdj about fainted when he saw the prices here at 356 BBQ & Bar. We tried to visit some months ago but the service was non existent and they wouldn’t put on any of the Sunday football games on their tvs. So we didn’t give this restaurant much thought after that.

Fast forward to present time and 356 BBQ & Bar now offers a few AYCE options: 1) the 355 for $25.99; 2) the 356 for $29.99; and 3) the 357 for $36.99. The prices are further discounted Mon-Friday for lunch. For example, you can get the 355 for $21.99 during those days from 11:30a-3pm.

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Taegukgi Korean BBQ House ($15.99 AYCE Tuesday Lunch Special)

The gluttony in all of us constantly searches for the unicorn all-you-can-eat Korean bbq. Specifically a lunch AYCE Kbbq. I had seen Taegukgi Korean BBQ House over the years but never tried them as the reviews were mixed. I’d do a quick drive-by peek of their empty patio when I would visit Zion Market right next door. So I was happy to share this gluttonous adventure with Cdj the past two weeks. Yeah. We visited two weeks in a row – both on Tuesdays in order to get the $15.99 lunch deal. The AYCE lunch option at Taegukgi Korean BBQ House normally costs $19.99 so the $4 savings on Tuesdays is a nice (almost) 20% savings.  Continue reading Taegukgi Korean BBQ House ($15.99 AYCE Tuesday Lunch Special)

Manna BBQ – Mira Mesa, CA

MANNA BBQ

I was excited when I heard an all you can eat Korean buffet was coming to Mira Mesa. This type of gluttony is only reserved for the elite of the elite (I love you Joey Chestnut). Joking aside, this part of town needed new AYCE blood that they could sink their fangs into. My go to AYCE Korean bbq has always been Jeong Won in Convoy. I’ve visited the Manna in Convoy but would always think of Jeong Won in the back of my head (sounds like a bad K-drama soap opera if you substitute ‘visited’ with ‘dated’). So I was a bit hesitant when friend suggested Manna BBQ in Mira Mesa for a mid week lunch as spending $21.99 for their cheaper  AYCE option seemed crazy. That hesitation went away when he said the two magic words. “My treat”. Continue reading Manna BBQ – Mira Mesa, CA

TOFU HOUSE – MIRA MESA, CA

TOFU HOUSE

Bring it Mira Mesa. BRING…IT. I’m sorry  but I get so excited when I see a new Korean restaurant opening in the 92126 zippy here in San Diego. Tofu House recently opened in Mira Mesa and I’ve been waiting to try out this sister restaurant to their Tofu House in Convoy. V and I finally had the chance to meet for lunch so we both happily agreed to try this Tofu House last week. Continue reading TOFU HOUSE – MIRA MESA, CA

FRIEND’S HOUSE KOREAN

FRIEND’S HOUSE KOREAN

Gosh. What an odd name for a restaurant no? Like what my grandparents would say, in their broken English, to me and sis before we left for a class mate’s house or something. Friend’s House Korean has been on my radar for some time now because of their lunch specials and steamed dumplings. I’ve been going through a weird dumpling phase again. Go figure. I visited Friend’s House Korean some years ago and found it to be ‘meh’ at best. I ordered some sort of spicy squid dish and didn’t think too much of it back then.

Friend’s House Korean is located in the same plaza as Hanmi Bank and Dede’s. Just beware of the lunch and dinner rush these plazas get and don’t be surprised with the new dent in your car door when you’re done with dinner. I visited Friend’s House Korean last week for an early mid-week lunch at 11am.
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D&C Tofu House – San Diego (Mira Mesa), CA

My quest for Korean Tofu continues in Mira Mesa. WTF is wrong with me. At least that’s what sis keeps telling me every time I suggest trying another tofu house. Plus, keep in mind these visits (to D&C Tofu House) were during the heat wave.

I haven’t heard much about D&C Tofu House from other bloggers so I wasn’t quite sure about this tofu house in Mira Mesa. The yelp reviews were mixed but that never surprises me. V actually visited D&C some months ago and said she (and her family) didn’t like the food. V said the best tofu house she’s visited so far (in Mira Mesa) was Tofu Ka with me and sis few weeks ago.

I’m not sure why I punish myself during these heat waves. I hate the heat so why is that I crave super hot soup during these times. It makes no sense.

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Tofu Ka Korean Restaurant- San Diego (Mira Mesa), CA

Tofu Ka

I think I’m pretty familiar with Mira Mesa and there’s not many restaurants I don’t know on Mira Mesa Row (that’s my homage to the Greek system right there). So I was curious when I heard about this Korean restaurant as I hadn’t heard a thing about it’s opening.

Remember Mr. Wasabi in Mira Mesa? I know a Korean restaurant took it over some time ago (never visited) but I didn’t know that restaurant shut down. So that’s where you’ll find the newly minted Tofu Ka. There’s not really a sign that I saw for Tofu Ka so look for the Oak Tree Plaza when you’re driving on Mira Mesa Blvd (almost across from H Mart).

Sis, V and I managed to have lunch together today. It felt like it had been forever.

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1) Do Re Mi & 2) Grandma Tofu and Korean BBQ- San Diego, CA

Hope everyone is having a great week so far. I just got back from a getaway to San Francisco so I’m still kinda smiling from that trip.

I haven’t been to Do Re Mi in quite some time. Forget that they’re located next to Cheetah’s (I can’t believe they still offer a free cheeseburger if you visit Cheetah’s for lunch – and noooo – I don’t know this from experience – I just remember always seeing their Free Cheeseburger sign outside). But I felt the quality of DRM’s food had gone down hill over the years. Continue reading 1) Do Re Mi & 2) Grandma Tofu and Korean BBQ- San Diego, CA

iSushi (Walmido) – San Diego, CA

I recently revisited Walmido  and was SHOCKED to find that they had ENTIRELY redecorated their restaurant. Mom was in town and was craving a bowl of spicy Korean seafood noodle soup. So I was in the area and decided to come here to place a to go order . I literally did a double take when I walked in.

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Remodeled sushi bar

As you can see, there’s a NEW restaurant name on the wall.

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Private dining rooms
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New chairs and tables

I first heard about this place from Kirk. He had an epic post about Walmido’s live halibut fish ‘banquet’ here and it prompted me to try out this place once I heard about it. Family and I tried out their regular family sashimi style meals (that comes w/ 15+ banchan sides) but we were really disappointed w/ the quality of the sashimi. I would only come here for their amazing lunch specials and their affordable sushi rolls. So it was really surprising to see that their lunch specials are no longer on the menu 🙁

I love the waitresses there. Stephanie and Sunny are just awesome. I guess I’ve gotten to really know them b/w 1) I used to come here all the time alone for lunch and 2) they’re open during Holidays (Thanksgiving, Xmas eve, new years, etc). So it’s almost comforting to come here b/c I’ve become accustomed to seeing them so often.

I asked Stephanie what was going on. She said they remodeled and will have new menu. I asked about the name change and she said it’s still Walmido but iSushi as well.

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iSushi menu / Walmido chopsticks

I went back two weeks later to have lunch. This is their new Korean special menu

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Korean special menu

The $100/120/140 is the price for their live halibut special (referenced above). They take the live halibut and use it to make sashimi and a soup/noodle dish. The price depends on the size of the halibut. Mom and I want to try this one day b/c she likes halibut. But I think halibut sashimi tends to be chewier than I prefer. But the price is ok b/c they really give you a TON of banchan to go with the meal. I’m just hoping their live halibut is better than their sashimi special that we tried last year (we paid about $100 for the sashimi special).

This is their new menu:

New sushi menu:

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As you can see from the sushi menu, iSushi has a location in Chula Vista as well.

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Heart Attack $6.95

Stuffed Jalapenos – 4 pieces

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Close up of Heart Attack – Look at the beautiful tobiko on top

We just paid $5.95 for a similar dish at RakiRaki. But their version here is much more substantial. But yeah – it’s kinda expensive.

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I believe it was stuffed w/ krab and spicy tuna. I liked how spicy the jalapenos were. And I love the crunch the beautiful orange tobiko gave to the dish.

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Lunch bento combination $8.50

You can choose from Choice A and Choice B for $8.50 (see lunch menu above).

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Choice A – Salmon

Decent portion – and the salmon tasted nice.

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Choice B – tempura

Surprisingly, this was really good. The tempura was crunchy and not too thick. It included 1 shrimp, zucchini, onion and sweet potato.

The total for that visit was $16.69 after tax.

On next visit, I decided to try out something from their Korean menu b/c 1) prices seemed lower and 2) you get their banchan with any item purchased on this menu. And the spicy seafood noodle soup that I bought my mom was really really good last time.

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Banchan for lunch

Includes: kimchi , pickled radish, cabbage, stewed zucchini, tofu, fish cake, pickled cucumber, potato salad

My favorite: the fish cake. It tastes especially good when they serve it warm.

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Spicy Seafood and Vege Soup $7.99 (Lunch)

This is located on the lunch special section of the Korean menu (5th item down) for $7.99.

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Look at the size!!

No joke but look how BIG this serving was. I used my chopsticks as a gauge for you all to see. The serving was massive. Well worth $7.99

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Lots of chili and jalapenos

The soup had clams, shrimp, squid, cabbage, zucchini, and onions. They did NOT skimp on the clams. And as you can see, the soup was SPICY. It tasted hearty, almost thick.

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Noodles in Spicy Seafood soup

They use thick udon noodles in this soup. Again, I’m not a big noodle fan but there’s something about thick, chewy, soaked-up-the-flavors-of-the-soup udon noodles that makes me swoon every time.

So that lunch cost me $7.99 + tax. Not bad right. I thought it was better than the lunch bento I had on the previous visit. But I guess it’s just different offerings. Thinking back, I don’t think $8.50 for the salmon/tempura bento was that bad now.

After lunch, I went to their live fish tank to take a look at what was being offered. The tank had been broken for awhile so it was nice to see it up and running again. Andy, the sushi guy, has always been so nice and friendly to me. They had live fat shrimp, apprx. 2lb live lobsters, and halibut that day.

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Live shrimp

Andy said it was about $8.00 to prepare the amaebi in two ways (nigiri sushi and then head is deep fried).

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Roe of the shrimp

Andy fished out one of the shrimp with roe for me to see

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Wow

Mom and dad would tell me how much they loved shrimp roe. I, personally, have never had the roe. I will take sis here to try it out soon b/c she’s never had amaebi before so this will be a nice treat for her.

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Live lobster in tank

Andy said it’s about $30 for the lobster – tail is prepared sashimi style and claws/head are steamed (?). I think the $30 price tag isn’t all that bad. I had lobster sashimi once in Taiwan and it tasted a bit bland to me. But I would love to try it again here though.

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Live halibut in tank

Isn’t it funny looking. So flat. And it’s poor eyes look confused. But this is what they are known for I think – this is their $100/120/140 special on their Korean menu. Andy said the $100 easily feeds 3-4 ppl.

I definitely will be back to try out more of their stuff. And I can’t wait to bring sis and mom back here to try some live seafood as well.

Walmido (still has their old menu – not newly implemented iSushi menu as of right now)

4367 Convoy St
San Diego, CA 92111
Neighborhood: Kearny Mesa

(858) 571-1888

 

 

Mapo BBQ Korean Cuisine- San Diego, CA

CDJ and I came here one night b/c Jeong Won was just too busy (you can read my review of Jeong Won here). We had heard nice things about Mapo BBQ Korean Cuisine but we were just too in love with Jeong Won to consider going anywhere else.

We came here I think 730p on a Friday night. It wasn’t terrible packed so we were lucky and got a table right away.

These are the two options you can choose from for the AYCE:  Continue reading Mapo BBQ Korean Cuisine- San Diego, CA