Las Vegas’ Chinatown must sometimes feel like a more youthful sibling constantly being evaluated against his cooler older sibling: Los Angeles. But our Chinatown– which really includes many different Asian ethnic backgrounds– is a point of local pride, from its grocery stores and businesses to the restaurants serving some of the very best food around. Vegas Chinatown is small however strong.
Regional Korean food has primarily had a hard time to compete with the things in LA, however that’s beginning to alter, thanks to current arrivals like Hobak. A popular name in South Korea, the Hobak household owns 12 dining establishments and manages 6 different brands in Korea– and for its first endeavor into the American market, the business remarkably chose Las Vegas.
The menu focuses on humanely raised heritage pork and 21-day-wet-aged Angus beef, served family-style or a la carte with plenty of banchan– side dishes like napa cabbage kimchi, gamjajeon (potato pancake), dongchimi (radish kimchi) and bok choy– to pair with the various meats throughout the meal. Like all Korean barbecue areas, whatever is eaten communally, and there’s no incorrect method to do it– attempt each side alone, with rice or with your ‘hint to try out your palate.
Hobak actually shines with its meat choices, all which are prepared at your table on a charcoal grill. Order a la carte or select a combination– beef ($57.99-$94.99), pork ($47.99-$82.99) or a mix of both with the family combination ($59-$89), which has 3 different varieties– one with no marinaded meat, one with all marinaded meat, and one with compromise. The spicy Angus boneless short rib ($29.99) is especially tender, smoky and sweet with a slow-burning heat that’s perfect with the briny selection of banchan. Another plus? Hobak’s mindful staff cooks everything for you, so you don’t have to guess when your food is all set.
Hobak offers as much focus on quality as it does to producing an enjoyable and lively experience. Whether you’re dining with family, friends or a date, it’s bound to leave a lasting impression– one that might provide those LA joints a run for their cash.
Hobak Korean Bbq 5808 Spring Mountain Road # 101, 702-257-1526. Daily, 11:30 a.m.-2 a.m.