Having a Korean Lunch in Shanghai

They say when in Rome, do as the Romans do. However, Shanghai is not Rome and having Shanghai food everyday isn’t my idea of culture. We’ve been trying a lot of different restaurants during our stay in Shanghai. With a population of 20 million people, there are thousands upon thousands of restaurants one can try. There are even entire city blocks with nothing but restaurants on them.

That is how we ended up at the Korean BBQ House. It was just one of the restaurants along a restaurant roll. The Chinese name for the place isn’t Korean BBQ House but that’s what it said on the English menu so that’s what I’m going to call it. The food was comparable to the Korean BBQ restaurants back home. The main different is the price and the service. In Shanghai, they have a girl cook the food for you at your table. In Canada, you cook it yourself. As for price. Lunch for 10 came to 550RMB ($78) including drinks. Wish I can get that at home.

37 thoughts on “Having a Korean Lunch in Shanghai”

  1. Stephen says:

    Ahh… Beautiful Girls Direct To Your Korean BBQ! I’m sure Ed would be all over that! 😆

    1. Were you the only customers in the restaurant, John? It seems quiet.

      1. John Chow says:

        We had a private room.

        1. Syed Balkhi says:

          yes King John Chow … lol

          I am sure you are enjoying the luxury treatment

  2. MoneyNing says:

    Spend more time having Chinese food in China! 🙂 Seriously, you can get pretty good korean food in Canada and US so really go to the dirty places for authentic Chinese food!

    1. Flimjo says:

      That’s what I’d say. Have Chinese food!! I mean, the barbecue above looks pretty freakin’ good, but my first priority would be Chinese food.

    2. Hell yeah. There’s a place called Sun Hing literally 1 block away from where I live and it’s some of the best food I’ve ever had. Who said Americanized Chinese food is bad???

  3. MoneyNing says:

    But then again, Korean BBQ is always great and it does look pretty good 😀

  4. That is so cheap for 10 people eating! 😯

    1. yeah, I know that i live in a somewhat cheap country – Estonia – but for $78 in a top restaurant you’ll get food for 2 people at most…

      1. make150aday says:

        Estonia is not cheap..And did you know that its a birth place of Skype?

  5. spidro says:

    Korean 😛 looks really good

  6. fas says:

    Quite reasonable for so many people.

  7. Barbara Ling says:

    Korean BBQ is one of the delights of heaven on earth. I much prefer to cook mine, however. It’s also the side dishes that can really round out the meal! 🙂


  8. Thiago Prado says:

    The thing you eat in the end of the movie doesn’t look good. Say hello so Sally!

  9. Ryan says:

    It’s 6:40am here, and I would totally scarf some of that down right now!

    1. Cronus says:


      Why would you ever be awake so early?? if I was not in school currently I wouldn’t be awake for at least another 6 hours lol.

  10. Bash Bosh says:

    Really looks good idd 🙂

  11. A meal for 10 at $7.80 each in a top restaurant sounds like a deal to me.

  12. Looks very delicious 😛 😯

  13. Thiago Prado says:

    If you like barbecue you should to a Brazilian restaurant and you’ll see what a real barbecue is. 💡

  14. yvon says:

    Hi John,
    nice to hear from from Shanghai, it reminds me 8 years ago when I worked ther for 2 years, Shanghai Nightlife and the Shanghai Girls are among the prettiest in China. Please check the 1931 bar near Maoming Lu and Huaihai Lu crossroad, it’s 30’s style bar in Shanghai. I spent all my money in bars and restaurants during these 2 years, an amount sufficient for buying a 100 m2 appartment, shame on me !

  15. Flimjo says:

    Food looks great. And at $78 for 10 people?? WOW.

  16. Bobm says:

    Korean Barbecue is fun, most of the time I prefer to cook myself rather than let the restaurant perform this task. I do agree with Prado that Brazilian restaurants are really a cool. Did two of those in my lifetime, one in Mexico and the other was in Singapore. Lots of fun and tons of meat on the skewer. Korean barbeque is just as much fun. What a nice way to have the afternoon with your family. And thanks for inviting us to break bread with your them. Too bad you didn’t come 3 weeks earlier John, I could have meet you there. Just left Shanghai myself. Now I’m in Los Angeles. 🙄 Take care

  17. Azeem says:

    Man ur blog gets very borin these days…John post some good content instead of ur fine dines…no longer interested in hearing to what you eat and dump…

    1. John Chow says:

      No one is keeping you here. If you’re not interested, just leave. I won’t lose sleep over it.

  18. logosamurai says:

    Korean BBQ is very good!

  19. Quintin Riis says:

    Wow, looks good. I’ve never had Korean barbecue.

    Did you take your whole family with you on vacation?

    Do you use your flip video to make these video posts, or a different camera?

  20. make150aday says:

    You guys also need to go outside your fence..In other words –there is so many things out there to explore.

    And John–do you live in US or Canada? Because you said in this video– “Back in states…” Usually people refer states as USA..May be provinces for Canada — LOL

  21. Cronus says:

    The meat looked very good I would have to say. But the fish(i think it was fish) at the end made me almost want to gag. I am against seafood and don’t ever eat it, but maybe that’s just my tastes.

  22. From the look of it, John, you don’t like asian food don’t you?

  23. Terry Tay says:

    That was a nice, quiet restaurant. Great deal for 10 people too. Maybe Sally prefers Canadian beer 😐

  24. Pretty nice meal there. I think China shoud hire you as their good will ambassador, things look pretty good there from the eye of the flip camera.

  25. That’s awesome that she cooks it for you at your table. At least you know that there is no shady business going on :). Sometimes at restaurants I question the food that I put in my mouth and having worked at dining facilities, I know some of the things that can happen. Just don’t piss off your server 😉

  26. 78 $ with woman included sounds good. But Korean bbq is a quite amazing. At least 50% of the time I went to dinner in Japan I went to Korean places.

    Liked seeing Sally do her “fisty cuffs” thing.

  27. Zak Show says:

    Yes, as they sais Korean BBQ are good but I prefer Moroccan Tajine: Too delicious that you can eat your fingers :mrgreen:

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