Not to be confused with the other all-you-can-eat Manna Korean BBQ - Los Angeles (Koreatown). I had driven past this Manna several times and only noticed it because it was a little unusual to have a Korean barbecue restaurant on this lonely stretch of road.
I finally tried it out when I joined the oldest '87's family for dinner to celebrate her oldest sister's birthday. I told them to start without me since I was coming from work and would be late. My cousins said they were in a private room inside.
The mats to sit on and the sunken table were reminiscent of my favorite Thai restaurant in college. Technically, the table is in a normal position, it's the floor that was built on a raised platform. That was probably the nicest thing to say about the decor since the dark floral and cabbage roses wallpaper made the restaurant seem horribly outdated.
My cousins had already done a round of meat and giant grilled shrimp.
The portions were a little skimpy so they ordered another plate of meat.
My cousins had saved some food for me.
Korean seafood pancake.
The panchan (Korean side dishes) were a little sparse.
Our second round of Galbi (Korean Short Ribs). As I said, rather skimpy portions. That was one order of meat.
The restaurant was mostly empty while we were there.
I think it's rather obvious why.
While the food was fine, the portions and variety of panchan were minimal. The jumbo shrimp also jacked up the bill, but I vaguely recall that it was around $150? Not horrible when there were six of us, but for that much money, it's worth the trip to Koreatown to get larger portions and better side dishes.
February 9, 2015 update: This restaurant is now closed.
Other Korean barbecue restaurants:
Chung Kiwa Korean BBQ Restaurant - Los Angeles (Koreatown)
Feedable BBQ Buffet - Rowland Heights
Gui Il Bun Ji BBQ Restaurant - Los Angeles (Koreatown)
Hae Jang Chon Korean BBQ Restaurant - Los Angeles (Koreatown)
Hwa Ro Korean BBQ and Tofu -San Gabriel
Hwang Hae Do Korean BBQ - Artesia
Light Town House Korean BBQ - Garden Grove (Korean Business District)
Manna Korean BBQ - Los Angeles (Koreatown)
Miga Korean BBQ Restaurant - Rowland Heights
Ong Ga Nae Korean BBQ - Rowland Heights
San Ya Restaurant Korean BBQ & Noodle - Los Angeles (Koreatown)
Seol Ak San - Stanton
Soot Bul Gui Rim 2 Korean BBQ - Los Angeles (Koreatown)
Tahoe Galbi Restaurant - Los Angeles (Koreatown)
Manna Korean Restaurant
2101 San Gabriel Blvd.
Rosemead, CA 91770
1 year ago today, Chinese Eggplant Salad.
2 years ago today, Frijoles Negros (Cuban Black Beans).