Looking back on all the restaurants that I visited this past summer–all 200 of them–this one sticks out more because I got frustratingly lost with Becker in tow. We decided to take a new route up to Namyangyu instead of taking the more familiar route out in Yangpyeong, causing us to do circles in the scorching heat. Thanks to some locals, we were finally able to find our destination perched near a hilly intersection. The air filled with intoxicating Korean BBQ, so I knew I’d be in for a real treat.
Byeolnae Soot Bulgogi is pure magic. They have different set meals focused on pork/beef bulgogi grilled over charcoal (soot), all hovering around the 10,000 won range ($10). I order the so soot bulgogi jeongsik (beef charcoal-grilled bulgogi set meal for modest 12,000 won and it was bliss, in appearance and taste. After the mishap on the bike, which stoked my hunger even more, I just inhaled the delicious spread of food while Becker got his fair share as well. The grilled meat was super smoky, caramelized flavorful, and moist. The vast array of banchan were, at least the non-salted/fermented dishes, freshly made including the japchae (wasn’t sticky or clumpy from being pre-made a day before). Needless to say, I wanted to show my appreciation by cleaning house and making the dishwasher’s job a little easier.
I don’t think I’ll be riding my bike here any time soon, but I know future visits will be made with friends and family. If you happen to be in the Namyangju area, make sure to stop by this restaurant serving up some pretty impressive food at reasonable prices.
Food: ★★★★½ out of 5 stars
Service: ★★★★½ out of 5 stars
Ambiance: ★★★★ out of 5 stars
Value: ★★★★★ out of 5 stars
Byeolnae Soot Bulgogi 별내숯불고기
Toegyewon-ri 326-1, Toegyewon-myun, Namyangju (남양주시 퇴계원면 퇴계원리 326-1)
Hours: Open every day 11:30 am ~ 9:30 pm
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