Chosun Korean BBQ has new owner, new menu
January 31, 2014, was the first day of the three-day festival marking the beginning of the Korean lunar calendar. It was a particularly special holiday for Korean-born Hye Moon; she had recently purchased the seven-year-old Chosun Korean BBQ at 12611 Metcalf. She celebrated the new year by closing the restaurant for a month for a complete renovation, which included the installation of new granite-topped gas-burning grills, freshly upholstered booths, new paint and a new bar area. Moon also hired a veteran restaurant manager, Kevin Wong (most recently of Lemongrass Thai restaurant in downtown Overland Park), to oversee the renovations of the space and longtime chef Yung Kim (who moved from Baltimore to take the position) to create a new menu.
Both employees have done an excellent job: the Chosun dining room has never looked better, and the food is much improved, including grilled-at-the-table short ribs marinated overnight in a puree of fresh kiwi, Asian pear and soy sauce.
The grilled meat dishes are served with the traditional array of banchan: the small plates of condiments that include, at Chosun, cabbage kimchi, a smoky grilled eggplant and onion, kale salad, a Korean-style potato salad, chili-fermented cucumbers, spicy bean paste, and a fiery sauce of jalapeno and cilantro.
Chosun currently has a limited liquor license — it only offers cold beer — but Hye Moon says she’s in the process of getting a full liquor license.
The restaurant hours are 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.