Roadem, the newest all-you-can-eat Korean BBQ restaurant, recently opened on Convoy in the plaza right next to Manna BBQ and replacing the former Seoul Korean BBQ.
I was actually quite excited by the idea of a new Korean BBQ spot. As much as I enjoy Manna, I find it to be on the pricey side and hate that they don’t have a cheaper lunch menu. I was hoping Roadem would provide more options.
Sure enough, during lunch Roadem offers both a reduced lunch menu as well as the full dinner menus. The lunch menu is $14.99 per person and includes eight meat options. The meal also includes a cabbage salad, steamed egg, and various banchan dishes.
Even though the lunch menu seems quite limited in comparison to the dinner menu, we opted for it anyway because we didn’t want to stuff ourselves silly for lunch and not have any room for dinner.
First, we selected the meat choices we wanted to start out with. We were allowed to choose 4 (Manna only allows 2 at a time). The meats were brought out to us and put on the grill for us. I liked that they didn’t give us too much of each one, so that we could try more different items.
Our first selection consisted of spicy pork, beef ribs, brisket and chicken.
Our banchan dishes
We were also given rice, dipping sauce, and a light bean sprout soup.
We managed to get an order of all the different meats at least once. Our favorite were the beef and pork ribs.
After our meal were given some sweet cinnamon tea.
Overall, we had mixed feelings about this spot. I like that there is another Korean BBQ place to join Manna and Jeong Won. And the lunch menu is a definite plus. But for $14.99 a person, I think they could have included some better meat options. I would have liked to see another beef, maybe even a seafood. The lunch menu was a too restricted for me. We didn’t try the dinner yet and the prices are the same as Manna. Based on the meats we did try, the quality wasn’t as good as Manna, but perhaps the dinner meats are better.
The service was a bit hit and miss, but that’s usual for grand openings. We’ll check on the progress of this again once things settle down, but our initial impression was just okay. I’m not so sure this will be a serious competitor to Manna.