The Richmond location of Korean restaurant chain Jang Mo Jib was taken over by another restaurant about 3 years ago called Woe Ga Jib. The setup and the decors of the place remained the same. And even the for the restaurant name, when jang mo jib means mother-in-law in Korean, woe ga jib means maternal grandmother. I guess they want to keep the homey atmosphere for the meat-grilling crowd. But for or some of us, the name just sounds like a bit of a knock-off?
I was there a while ago because I missed the Gamjatang (Pork Bone Soup) from Jang Mo Jib, and it was not bad. But this time I saw a different side of the restaurant – their tableside meat grilling service.
At first, we wanted to visit the new Korean BBQ joint, Dolpan, but the place was small and fully packed and there was a lineup at the door. Since we were super hungry and still feeling Korean BBQ, we ended up coming to Woe Ga Jib.
3 of us shared 3 types of meats: Beef Short Rib, Pork Belly and Marinaded Pork Loin, it costs almost $80 before tax. They all came with some onions and mushrooms. The ribs and the pork loin slices were cooked on the flames when the pork belly was cooked on a stone plate grill. The server girl was super friendly. She helped us do most of the grilling, but still left us some play time with the grilling. I suppose the BBQ dishes here are pricier because of the service. The meats were fresh and delicious. The dipping sauce was a little bland and needed a little zing in it.
We also wanted to stay hydrated by ordering a couple personal hot soups: the Beef Rib Soup and the Ox Bone Soup, both tasted a little bland but at least we know there was no MSG.
Including 2 bottles of soju, 3 of us paid about $50 per person. It was too bad I guess. The place makes an okay alternative if you have a sudden craving of Korean BBQ and don’t wanna wait in the line up for the more popular spots in Richmond
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