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“Rare/Med/Well Done BBQ - Cook it yourself - exactly how want it”
Review of Gen Korean Bbq

Gen Korean Bbq
Ranked #190 of 2,357 Restaurants in San Jose
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Reviewed 23 August 2016

Two of us went for a late lunch on a Saturday. We weren't the only ones who had the same idea. We waited about 35 minutes for our table which gave us 'first time Gen BBQer's' time to peruse the menu. This is an All You Can Eat restaurant where you cook your meat on a grill set in the middle of the table. You select your meat choices from a menu with about 15-20 different raw meat preparations, ordering a max of 4 meat items at a time. That's a good number of items as the grill won't crisp the meat if you overload it. It's a temptation for dump everything onto the grill at one time; would recommend doing that with 2-3 orders at a time. The meat, mostly marinated and thinly sliced cooks pretty fast. We had an order of Brisket, Bulgogi Pork and two orders of the Short Ribs Fingers. I was expecting the Pork to be marinated in a sweet soy base, however it came to the table in a red paste which looked fiery hot. Tried eating it cooked to med-well, but it was too chili hot; cooking it to well tamed it down and it was a good combo with the Brisket. We copied another table who had Rice Noodle sheets (instead of steamed Rice). The idea is to use a sheet to make a 'taco-like' preparation; i.e. meat, dipping sauce and lettuce. It was really good. We also ordered fried calamari which had been crisply fried by the kitchen. .Checking out the nearby tables, we were in the minor league as far as what we were able to consume. Going to fast before coming the next time. For dessert, go next door to POPBAR. They make fruit ice cream, yogurt or Sorbet bars that can be dipped and/or rolled in nuts. All versions are made with whole fruit so the flavors are so true. We had a strawberry dipped in dark chocolate and a guava with white chocolate drizzle with Pistachios. Might have to have one before eating at Gen the next time and one after for dessert.

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Reviewed 21 August 2016 via mobile

Great Korean barbecue, with very good service. Restaurant is usually very crowded inside, but very efficient. Highly recommended.

Thank Sebas.LC
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Reviewed 13 August 2016 via mobile

I will absolutely go back. Fun atmosphere, wonderful selection to chose from, and a wonderfully fun meal! Everyone was very friendly and service was great.

Thank Jennadah
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Reviewed 30 July 2016

Maybe you've been to a hibachi grill experience before- but have you cooked your own food at the table? This is exactly what Gen Korean BBQ is- there is a grill in the middle of the table. You order the meat varieties you want, and you cook them yourself while enjoying the experience with your table mates. There is a two-hour time limit, and you can eat all you want for those two hours. HOWEVER- you need to be able to finish what you order (or they impose a penalty).. so don't order more than you can cook and eat in that time!
It was a fun and unique experience.
It gets super-crowded for dinner, so we got there in the early afternoon.

Thank Esoterica10
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Reviewed 27 July 2016

This is an amazing place to go to if you are into Korean food. Ive been in this place 5 times already.
- Meat choices are great. (lots to choose from)
- Lunch price is about $17.00, Dinner and Weekend $25.00
- Love the side Dishes ( all you can eat too)
- Love the sauces and the rice wraps and oh their potato side dishes
- Servers are nice and attentive
- They give you 2 hrs to stay and finish your food

- Hard to find a parking spots (very busy location)
- Long wait time. Better go there when they open or when they are almost closing time
- Not enough chairs for waiting area
- Loud music
- They call out your names so you have to really stay there
- All parties should be present

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Thank Janelle S
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