You Rea Guan, 26 Sukhumvit Soi 59, Bangkok, Thailand
Opening Hours:Mon-Fri 5-11pm; Sat-Sun 11am-11pm
If you’re a connoisseur of Korean cuisine, but would rather skip the cramped and smoky BBQ’s of Times Square—then you might like You Rea Guan (which means “welcome” in Korean). Located in a newly constructed compound of buildings, this Korean restaurant is trying to please everyone. One building is formal, designed for higher-end clientele and business groups who have arranged a set menu a day in advance. The other building has a BBQ restaurant on the bottom, with 13 private rooms on the second floor. There’s an interesting mix of décor elements here: a black and white marble floor, electric-blue lighting, shiny earth-toned Korean wallpaper and burgundy colored booths. If your appetite is sensitive to interior design choices, we recommend the private rooms on the second floor of the BBQ building—which are definitely the most tasteful. Now, the food. In traditional Korean form, your table is immediately covered in banchan, or side dishes. You Rea Guan makes them homemade with fresh ingredients, and besides the kimchi, there are new selections rotated daily. You Rea Guan really shines with its meat dishes—high quality, tender, and well-marbleized meat delivered either on a platter or grilled on the tabletop. The beef ribs, beef tenderloin and marinated pork ribs were delicious—especially when paired with the better-than-average dipping sauces. Not surprisingly, their clientele consists of mostly Japanese and Korean businessmen, as well as embassy officials and families on the weekends. If you’re seeking a reprieve from your regular Korean joint, check out You Rea Guan. Just bring your boss or your grandma—not your date.