No matter where you live in Seoul, you’re spoiled with excellent Korean BBQ ranging from ubiquitous slabs of samgyeopsal (pork belly) to premium cuts of domestic beef known locally as hanwoo. There are off-cuts equally as delicious and memorable, Solbaht Sikdang coming to the top of my head for its unique serving of tail meat, head meat, and the regulars. Innards like gopchang (intestines) have a special place in my heart as well. For samgyeopsal and hanwoo though, I travel exclusively to Cheonho-dong and Wangsimni (Daedo Sikdang) for some of the best BBQ in town. But now that I have little time to travel across the city for certain cuts of meat, I am fortunate to have this local hotspot near Bulgwang Station to satisfy both meat cravings.
Ungteori Jip is a 40-year-old, family-run business employing relatives and friendly staff who treat customers as if they’re family. This unexpected focus on customer service is a rarity at most BBQ joints, which is one reason why many customers make this their go-to spot. Along with excellent customer service, the meat here is top-notch with excellent banchan – especially the refreshingly addicting dongchimi. The meat here is cut fresh (not frozen like many restaurants) on the spot by the owner at the makeshift butcher’s table. Popular cuts are the combination sets featuring samgyeopsal (pork belly) + hangjeongsal (pork neck meat) for 25,000 won and sogogi modeum (beef platter) for 38,000 won. Both are cooked on a cast iron grill with the help of one of the friendly emos (aunties), who grill the meat along with kimchi and beansprouts, allowing customers to indulge in a true BBQ feast with lettuce wraps (aka ssam).
Food: ★★★★ ½ out of 5 stars
Service: ★★★★★ out of 5 stars
Ambiance: ★★★★ out of 5 stars
Value: ★★★★ out of 5 stars
Ungteori Jip 엉터리집
Address: 12-12 Daejo-dong, Eunpyeong-gu (은평구 대조동 12-12)
Hours: Every day 3:00 pm – 11:30 pm
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