Hanjip is a Korean barbecue, but at the same time it is not. Nestled in the heart of Culver City, it is (with Genwa) the only KBBQ spot West of Koreatown. It is also the only Korean barbecue where you will find Eames chairs and grill plates coated with gold for a better convection. While Los Angeles has the largest Koreatown in the country, Hanjip is the only restaurant where you will find such an attentive — almost European — service. It’s no wonder, you may say, as Chris Oh (from Seoul Sausage) has teamed up with Stéphane Bombet (the Frenchie behind Faith & Flower and The Ponte). The kimchi fried rice is sautéed in brown butter, the ribeye lathered in foie gras and the Tomahawk steak cooked sous-vide before being grilled at the table – and then posted on Instagram. Hanjip may take a few liberties but the traditional dishes are also there: bulgogi, baby octopus with gochujang, marinated short ribs and a few pork/beef platters for the undecided. The daily happy hour (a bargain) is an excellent opportunity to cover the table with banchans, crispy seafood pancakes, uni rice and Korean cocktails. Seek not the tradition, ask for a second round of soju instead!
Address: 3829 Main St, Culver City, CA 90232
Opening hours: Sunday-Thursday 11:30AM-10:30PM, Friday-Saturday 11:30AM-12AM
Reservations: (323) 720-8804 or OpenTable
Price: Entrées $23-43, To share $49-150
Neighborhood: Culver City
Best for: Dinner, Happy Hour