Thursday, October 24, 2013
Rate-A-Restaurant #303: Honey Pig
Restaurant: Honey Pig
Location: 3400 W 8th St. (Koreatown)
Type of restaurant: Korean BBQ
We stipulated: My pals Christy, Paul and I were enjoying some beverages at the nearby R Bar when we got hungry -- and decided we needed some Korean BBQ. (When in Koreatown, after all.) Checking the LA Weekly's top 10 list of best LA Korean BBQ, we realized Honey Pig was right around the corner. With a name like "Honey Pig," it's gotta be good, right?
They stipulated: No chicken. This is a beef and pork joint. The place is called Honey Pig, after all!
What we ordered: Pork belly, beef spareribs and more pork.
High point: Some of the spiciest, best kimchi we've all ever tried. Not used to having kimchi on the grill, but it worked. The first pork dish was also probably the best.
Low point: Like many Korean BBQ spots, Honey Pig is known to take the leftover meats and kimchi on the grill, and then fry up some kimchi fried rice at the end of your meal. Except for us, apparently. There was no kimchi fried rice for us. Should we have asked? Don't they just do it automatically?
Overall impression: Authentic, tasty stuff. One of those typical cook-your-meats places where you'll be wearing the smoke for days after, so be warned. Not enough sides. Besides the kimchi and sprouts, that was it. We're all used to having an array of sides at Korean BBQ.
Will we return: I think we all agreed, while it's not our favorite Koreatown BBQ joint, that's a high bar. Still worth a return. Especially if you're stopping by the excellent R Bar.