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UPDATE: Out of business

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A year ago Colin introduced me to this place, but I couldn’t figure out how to get back to it. I have been here a few times — always in spring.

Anyway, this is a great find. A Brazilian place in Anyang, just west of downtown. The best directions I can give is to take a taxi to Halla Apartments (“Halla Apah-tuh” 한라 아파트). It’s across the street from them. If you’re going by car, going north towards Seoul, take a left at the light after the big CGV building. A couple of kilometers later, it’s on your left. Look for the green sign.

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Keep in mind that the menu’s prices are per person. They are graded by the amount of meat you get. You go for a higher price, you get a larger variety of meat. I have always gotten the 16,000 won set, and it has been more than enough meat for me and my carnivorous dining buddies.

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All the meat is cold smoked then roasted on a spit with minimal seasonings — really, just salt. The condiments are different salads and relishes, in particular a fiery bowl of sliced Korean peppers in oil and a bowl of Brazilian vinaigrette (what we would call “salsa” or “pico de gallo”).

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The meat comes in stages. In the 16,000 won deal, we start off with a juicy lamb. Then comes some good pork, pork belly, chicken, and whatever the grillmaster gives you, depending on what he has up and ready.

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Things have changed at the restaurant since last year. Good and bad. The bad — the paprika sausages have been replaced with hot dogs. Granted, though, it’s been a while since I’ve had a fire roasted weenie. The good — unlimited buttery bread is provided, which I felt was missing before. There also seems to be a larger variety of sides. The potatoes are a hit. They are roasted below the other meats so that their juices help flavor them.

The service is okay. The owner, the grillmaster, is always manning his grill wearing a necktie. The lone waitress, I assume his wife, is a bit gruff and short. It’s part of the atmosphere.

The spread is somewhat Koreanized. A doenjang Chinese cabbage soup is served with the meal. The clientèle, though, are fairly steady. I have never seen the restaurant empty. There have always been a healthy amount of tables filled. It seems to be popular among the locals. That is promising in an area where there are only four choices for non-Korean food: Koreanized Japanese, Koreanized Chinese, Koreanized pizza, and Outback.

And did I mention all the freakin’ meat? With all that animal protein and fat coating my throat, I can swallow razor blades after a sitting.

Update: I finally introduced Eun Jeong to this place. She actually was curious about it since her British co-workers were asking her how to get there. She has fallen in love with the place. I didn’t know she could pack down this much meat. This time, we showed up around 5 or 5:30. By the time we left, there were only a couple of tables free — all locals. This has got to be the best kept secret in Korea.

Also tried their caipirinha. It’ll knock you on the floor. But it tastes like a cool breeze on a sunny beach.

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