Honey Pig, a Korean BBQ located in Annandale, has been on my "must-try list" for a long time. Too long really. It is for this reason that a ten minute wait standing in the hot parking lot didn't seem that bad. Marcus and I found a ledge to lean on by the entry way, where, each time the door opened, Korean pop music would spill outside. The music was loud, up tempo--the perfect prelude to what awaited us inside.
Admittedly, given all the positive reviews, I was suspicious that it would fail to live up to my expectations.
Believe the hype.
Honey Pig is tasty and fun, a great casual and interesting place to eat and drink with friends.
We ordered the pork belly and beef bul goki and it wasn't long before our table top grill was fired up and raw meat was sizzling loudly. Our waitress, who doubled as the table side cook, added onions to the beef, which, when fully cooked, we stuffed into lettuce leaves with rice, pickled cucumbers, and then drizzled with garlic sauce. Next came the spicy pork belly with kimchi, which Marcus adored. My favorite part was how the "waitress/cooks" would stop by the table occasionally, checking the meat and cutting it into bite size pieces with scissors.
Don't leave Honey Pig without trying the seafood pancake. Crispy and browned on the outside, with savory seafood and scallions on the inside; it was one of my favorite treats on the table.
Since this is my blog, and I can write whatever I want, I would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to my new shoes, which made their debut at Honey Pig.
I would recommend Honey Pig to my meat loving friends. Vegetarians beware: there are not many options.
Another tip: leave your bag and cashmere sweater in the car. You smell like meat when you leave and you might embarrassingly find a pack of dogs following you around the next day.