One of the great things about living in Southern California is the number of amazing cafes and restaurants that exist in the area. The other night I had an opportunity to try a MooDaePo in nearby Rowland Heights.
MooDaePo is a Korean BBQ restaurant. At Korean BBQ restaurants, you have a BBQ grill in the center of the table and you cook your seafood, meats and poultry on it as part of your meal experience. I have been to a few Korean BBQ’s in Orange County, but this one is my new favorite.
The restaurant opened in August, 2012. To be honest, from the outside, it does not look like much. But you step inside, and it is a very cool and hip looking restaurant. There are lots of wine bottles to greet you and there are large TV’s on several of the walls. The atmosphere says fun when you walk in.
Co-owner, Jerry gave us a warm welcome as we headed to a private party room for our event. He welcomed us and gave us some insight about MooDaePo’s menu samplings, lunch specials and special events.
MooDaePo’s concept is pairing great food with entertainment incorporated into the meal. I found their menu is quite extensive. You can choose from different menu groupings, and it is all you can eat within the group you choose. The friendly staff brings you your food items for you to prepare. There is a button on the table and you can push it when you are ready to order additional food.
Chef Jin ensures that each piece of meat that is delivered to the table is cut in a way that holds the flavors together for optimal flavor. He is amazing with the knife (disclaimer – do not try this at home).
The meat was absolutely delicious and it was fun to cook it at the table. My favorite was the short ribs and the kobe beef.
They also make a delicious Kimchi Fried Rice and have lots of side dishes (banchan) available.
Of course no meal is compete without a beverage. The evening I was there I had some cold Hite Korean Beer. They brought these fabulous beer taps to the table and set it in the middle so that cold beer is always available. I loved this concept of sharing with the table and refilling your beer when you want it.
They also make some great soju (think flavored saki). On this evening they had pomegranate, yogurt and lemon flavors. I had a little taste of each and while they were all good, the pomegranate was my favorite.
Moodaepo is a great value and they also offer a great lunch special. Check with the restaurant for the lunch special on the day you plan to visit. I encourage you to try it, especially if you have not ever tried Korean BBQ. The dinner was amazing and I will be going back there very soon.
MooDaePo is located at:
1725 S. Nogales,
Rowland Heights, CA 91748
MooDaePo Rowland Heights is on Facebook.
I received a complementary meal as part of a blogger event. All opinions are my own. Special thanks to Wendy from Wendyfulworld for the opportunity to try it!