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Park Korean Food & Beer

Park Korean Food & Beer

425 Shaanxi Bei Lu,
near Beijing Xi Lu

Jing'an District


6288 8750
10 mins walk from  West Nanjing Rd
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Lunch, 11.30am-2pm
Dinner, 5.30-9.30pm
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Last updated: Sep 3, 2019

This venue has yet to be experienced by our editorial staff of discerning nitpickers and sardonic critics. Editor's Description forthcoming.


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  • Easy Korean BBQ for first-timers or lazy diners
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    • It’s annoying because there are plenty of good Korean places in Shanghai with smaller (or non-existent) queues. You’re never more than a short Didi away from a Ben Jia, and there are plenty of options in Koreatown. If you live anywhere near Pak Ga Nae (or Park House, or whatever you decide to do with the Chinese and Korean names on the awnings), though, you’ll probably have noticed the daily and nightly lines outside and been tempted to find out why they’re there.

      To save SmSh readers the trouble, I did the queuing so no one else had to. It was particularly irritating that we had to wait even though we’d booked a table (“yes, you’re the third table that will be seated at some point after 8pm”), but at least it’s next to The Rooster, so you can grab a pint and hover at the outside bar while you wait for an available grill.

      Once you get inside, there are no surprises (unless it’s your first ever Korean BBQ): sides, sauces and condiments are all standard. So’s the drink selection – there’s the normal array of soju, beer and makgeolli bottles (if you’ve never been before, try some in banana or peach flavour), as well as non-alcoholic options. The main food selections, too, were perfectly mainstream: meat, braised or unbraised; a few fish options; the solitary vegetable platter. So far, so average.

      What’s drawing people to this place, then, is either the food quality, the brand or the service. The branding is very 2015: industrial aesthetic with barrel for stools and concrete floors. Service is more hands-on than in most Korean BBQ places, which probably explains why this place is so popular. The staff here do all the technical stuff for you: your meat is grilled, snipped and rearranged for you.

      And, thank goodness, the food is actually good. The kimchi-based stuff (kimjijeon, kimchi jjigae… kimchi…) has a punch but also a satisfying richness. I’d also highly recommend the soy-braised fried chicken, and the all-important meats were sliced for us into fatty, juicy, slightly-charred nubs. Food and drinks for five people came to 901rmb.

      Pak Ga Nae is a good Korean BBQ place for first-timers, in particular. The food is pretty much “authentic”, with the added bonus of staff who’ll do the cooking for you. Get a beer for the line, sit back and enjoy the anticipation.

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