Flashback to the time I got serious meat sweats over a glorious pile of big-as-your-forearm beef short ribs (galbi jjim) at Gangnam Myeonok, one of the very few franchises I visit because it’s hard to find quality galbi jjim. It’s been years since my last visit, but one criterion that I have when it comes to posting restaurant reviews is the memory factor. Can I vividly remember the atmosphere, the food, and the overall experience? When it comes to Gangnam Myeonok, the answer is a resounding yes.
First off, I clearly remember being presented with a large platter of glistening beef short ribs that was nothing short of amazement. Why so? Other places usually add vegetables and garnish it up to look bigger than what it is. Not here. It’s basically all meat (and bones), telling me they’re serious about serving one of the best galbi jjims in town. As for the ribs themselves, meat is fall-off-the-bone tender with a perfectly balanced sauce that’s more savory than sweet. Absolutely delicious and addicting. Being a semi-conscious eater, I had to pace myself between the mighty ribs and their other signature item, bibim naengmyeon, which was also a winner. The complimentary beef soup (think galbi tang) made the meal even more memorable for me.
Ironically, their specialty used to be varieties of naengmyeon (thus, the title “myeonok” in the restaurant name) but over time galbi jjim has taken over the spotlight and now draws customers near and far. Their bonjeom (flagship) is located in Apgujeong/Sinsa (aka Gangnam) with multiple locations throughout Seoul, but they do an equally great job with consistency at other branches (which is no easy feat). Pictured is the Seodaemun branch with a small order of galbi jjim (39,000 won), bibim naengmyeon (8,500), complimentary beef soup and sides that satiated three hungry adults.
Food: ★★★★ ½ out of 5 stars
Service: ★★★★½ out of 5 stars
Ambiance: ★★★★ out of 5 stars
Value: ★★★★ out of 5 stars
Gangnam Myeonok 강남면옥
Sinsa-dong 588-9 Gangnam-gu (신사동 588-9, 강남구)
Hours: Open every day 11:00 am ~ 10:00 pm
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