The opportunity arrived when a Thai ahgase reached out to inform me of her availability. We went about our errands at the mall (Hi Amber!), broke a solid sweat at Playdium, then headed over to the KBBQ restaurant just as rush hour dissipated for the evening.
Two grills spots were found on the table: one rectangular and the other circular.
The server provided us with hot tea in Stainless steel mugs, side dishes, and, later, a jug of cold water.
The banchan set comprised of: kimchi, pickled cucumbers with red pepper flakes, soft radish strips with broccoli florets, green beans, and rapini. All were tasty and distinctly flavoured, with the rapini earning the highest praise. Neither of us gravitated towards the kimchi, for there was a substantial amount in the entrée already. Kobi's rendition was the middle ground between Nuri Village and Sikgaek: delicious yet not entirely mild. Evident was the heavy usage of 고추가루 (gochugaru).
Four degrees of spiciness were available: Spicy, Regular, Mild, and Non (none??). We had opted for the "Mild" level. Admittedly, this was more fiery than expected. Given our low tolerances, bowls of rice were requested shortly afterwards. We also drained the cold water as the meal progressed.
It should be noted that this dish should be consumed quickly, as the spicy sauce and bottom of the cheese tends to burn if not constantly stirred. One should also be mindful to consume plenty of fluids during consumption, as the sodium content is quite high. In addition, its extravagant portion is best shared between three or four people.
We departed the restaurant with appetites curbed and takeout boxes in hand.
Seeing as BNC Bakery was still open, I suggested a detour for cookies before our P.A.T. stop.