No.1 Korean BBQ Complaint - Food For People With More Money Than Brains

Review by Starlord on 2008-08-15
LACEY, WASHINGTON -- We just moved to Washington from Arizona, and there were signs, "Grand Opening!." We decided to try it, as we were very happy with another basically Korean BBQ in town. When we looked at the menu, we should have left right away, as the first two items on the menu were priced at $59.99. The restaurant was tastefully decorated, and the booths around the perimeter of the place had grills built in to the table surface.

We decided to give the place a chance anyway, and I ordered cheese balimbab and my wife ordered the pork and potato soup. Both items were priced at $9.95. After a few minutes, the waitress returned to our table to inform me that I could not get the balimbab as there had been a menu change, and no one notified the kitchen. Even though I was tempted to leave, I ordered the beef spare rib and vegetable soup.

At first blush, we were amazed at the size of the bowls, almost ten inches in diameter and 5 inches deep. Again, we had to call the waitress back, as the wife is allergic to shellfish, and it was easy to see either small squid or octopus tentacles in the soup. The waitress apologized, and said that the two soups are spelled almost the same, so I was almost finished before the wife got her correct soup.

By this time, she was thoroughly ticked off and told the waitress to just fix it to go. We let the waitress and the manager know we were very unhappy and would not return. We were charged the full price, and the smell of the soup when I reheated it the next day made my wife nauseous. The manager stated it was the Grand Opening, and they were still working outhte bugs. At least that is what I think she was trying to say, as her English was terrible. I told her her that for the Grand Opening, they should have all their ducks in a row and everything should be perfect. I said that with the prices they charged, I expected a better level of service than the local fast food joints would give.

When in Lacey, WA, avoid the No. 1 Korean BBQ at all costs. Just go about two blocks west on Martin Way and eat at Ace BBQ, the food is great and the prices are reasonable.
Comments:6 Replies - Latest reply on 2009-03-10
Posted by Principissa on 2008-08-16:
Glad you caught that before Chrystal ate it! As far as the screw ups, being a new restaurant is no excuse. I can see the mix up with the soup, no problem, stuff happens, but the other things, make me want to scream what the heck is wrong with you people. Especially with those prices!
On a side note, I'm glad you guys had an uneventful move! How did the fur babies take it?
Posted by Starlord on 2008-08-16:
The hairy kids are doing fine, Princi, and thank you for asking. We got settled into a nice 55+ MHP, and signed up with Comcast on a special triple play deal that gave us HDTV, hi-speed internet and digital phone. For some reason, we cannot get Qwest or DirecTV, and I won't even mention Dish, due to the trees blocking the view of the southern sky, so Comcast is the only game in the park. The service on all three fronts is fantastic. It is good to be back. I don't know if I told you my PC got eaten by lightning in Arizona, so we had to get me a new one. See you soon.
Posted by Principissa on 2008-08-16:
No, wow, as long as you didn't get injured! Stop using the PC outside! :)

Glad you guys are well, I missed you and Chrystal. :)
Posted by Arlene on 2008-08-17:
Hey Principissa....I have also missed everyone here. The furkids both lost weight, furry child #3 is in Indio, Calif. with new family...he was soooo terribly carsick that I couldn't handle it anymore and an employee (with her boss's permission) took the little guy and I'm sure Ignatz is a lot happier now. Trying to build Bearbear and Munchkin both back up, they both need to gain at least a pound but 2 pounds wouldn't hurt as long legged as they are.

The food in that restaurant, as far as I am concerned, just wasn't edible, it smelled horrible...and I'm gonna put that in MY mouth?? Sorry, I'd rather share the pups' food than eat pig slop!

Its good to be back!
Posted by BokiBean on 2009-02-22:
Good review!
Posted by jd360 on 2009-03-10:
first off i really love #1 korean bbq. And you obviously are someone who looks at prices before you read what it is. the first 2 items are for 4 people and can feed five easy. if you weren't so concerned with being cheap maybe you would have noticed that. Allergies suck i have a nut allergy and when i go to an ethnic reataurant i make sure i let it be known i have an allergy............anyways the food at #1 korean bbq is great the portions are great. I enjoy the food there my friends and i always go there and we have a really good time. the atmosphere is good and it is always clean. I would not take the word of someone who makes fun of someones accent at an ethnic place. Take the word from a proud half korean this place gets 2 thumbs up

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