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Kalbi House

Posted in Kalbi House (White Plains) on December 26, 2009 by jaydel818

291 Central Avenue
White Plains, New York

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5 Second Summary:
Price Range- Appetizers $6-10, Korean Table Barbeque $20-24,  Dinner  Entrees $12-30 (at time of posting)
Ambiance- Korean barbeque house with a sushi bar
Cuisine- Korean / Japanese
Hits- Authenticity
Misses- A bit pricey

On a very strange night during which we intended to visit the Candlelight with out-of-town friends (temporarily transplanted New Yorkers living in Massachusetts), we wound up making a last-minute decision to avoid the lines and pop in at Central Avenue’s Kalbi House.  Next door to one of my all-time Westchester favorites, Niko’s, Kalbi House seemed like an interesting alternative.

My best friend Caroline and her fiance, Charles, were already there when we arrived.  The sanitary-wrapped spoon piqued our curiosity and sparked a lot of conversation.

We started off with some familiar appetizers: fried gyoza dumplings and edamame.

After ordering our entrees, a slew of side dishes arrived including a ramekin of mung paste, dried squid, spicy cucumbers, fish cakes, a clear rice noodle with fishy broth, steamed broccoli, bean curd, potato cubes, dark green seaweed, daikon, and a delicious, spicy kimchi.

I had rosegooyee, unmarinated, sliced prime beef.  Barbequed at the table (in the style of Korean barbeque), it was tender and served with sesame oil sauce.  I found it tasty and plentiful.

Caroline had dak gooyee, marinated chicken breast filets also grilled Korean barbeque style.

My fiance, Rich, had bibim bob: marinated beef and assorted vegetables with red pepper paste.  It was served over steamed rice and with fried egg on top.  Minus the red pepper paste, the beef, carb, and egg dish was a variation reminiscent of Rich’s Peruvian favorite, lomo saltado.

Charles, the cook and most adventurous eater of the group, had wheat noodle in hot broth.  (I’m not trying to poke fun at Chuck; the Andrew Zimmer/Anthony Bourdain of our group, he really will eat pretty much anything.  It’s just ironic that the menu choice he made on this particular evening was buckwheat noodles.)  Our meal was capped off with unsolicited honey lemon tea served in the clear, individual, fluted-edge bowls my grandmother used for Jell-O chocolate pudding.

Overall, the group seemed underwhelmed; they found themsevles still hungry and a bit light in the wallet.  Rich joked around, as he often does after “Flavor Profile meals,” that he planned to stop at McDonald’s on the way home.  I was just-pleasantly full and had enjoyed the experience, but I concurred with the “pricey” pronouncement.  Kalbi House whetted my appetite for more Korean barbeque but possibly somewhere where the menu is more Korean than pan-Asian.  I prefer to do one thing and do it really well, and I prefer my restaurants to do the same…