I love unique food experiences, trying out different types of cuisines, keeping it interesting when dining out. I’ve tried Korean food many times, but Namu Korean BBQ [1770 Central Ave, Albany, NY 12205] was my first experience with Korean BBQ. Outside: generic strip mall, Inside: trendy, spacious, clean. Korean pop videos on TV line the walls, and your complimentary banchan appetizers are served. My taste is still acclimating to Korean spices, I don’t always love all banchan dishes, however these were particularly fresh.
The noodles and green beans were among my favorite. Also, we were brought little iceberg salads with some tangy ginger dressing.
Jeff and I both decided on Korean BBQ, although Namu offers other options such as dishes that come in stone bowls or hot pots. I don’t believe it is the traditional way of doing things, but at Namu a server cooks up your meat tableside on your personal grill. I actually appreciated this, because I didn’t have to worry about cooking my own food incorrectly.
My garlic chicken was out of this world delicious. So tender and bursting with garlic flavor accompanied by some peppers and onions for a nice crisp, fresh texture, and two dipping sauces.
Jeff went with sam gyeop, thick cut pork belly, which was marinated in tasty herbs and paired up with an onion.
We were both extremely happy, and shared a side of black rice which was moist and delectable.
Our dinner was so excellent we sprung for dessert even though we were already full. I had to see what their mini rice doughnuts were all about.
These bad boys came out steaming hot, freshly fried, rolled in coconut sugar – need I say any more? Surely the sweetest way to end our experience at Namu, can’t wait to return again.