A new restaurant is bringing its cook-your-own-meat, all-you-can eat Korean barbecue to Clovis.
Shila Korean BBQ opened last week in the Clovis Crossing Regional Shopping Center at Clovis and Herndon avenues.
Customers choose what they want to eat three dishes at a time from a long list of options, including pork belly, barbecue chicken, beef sirloin, beef tongue, mixed vegetables and bulgogi a popular thinly sliced beef marinated in a Korean sauce. Pay a little more, and you can choose to add rib-eye steak, black tiger shrimp or baby octopus.
The meat comes to the table raw and cut into strips. Diners grill it themselves using tongs at a small gas grill built into the table.
It's a concept that's popular in other cities.
"That's usually what they do in Korea and the Central Valley doesn't have it, so I thought we'd bring it to Fresno," owner Li Zhang says.
He brought along a chef from a Los Angeles Korean barbecue restaurant.
The restaurant is all you can eat, but the waiters bring three items at a time. The meal also includes several sides, such as salad. You can see the full menu online at shilakbbq.com.
Prices for adults range from $11.99 to $24.99 for lunch and dinner.
Since few 5-year-olds are going to eat $24.99 worth of food, kids pay different prices. But instead of doing it by age, the restaurant does it by height.
Measurements on the wall help you figure out how many inches tall your kid is. So, if you have little ones who are between 33 and 41 inches tall, for example, you'll pay $5 for a weekday lunch. Bigger kids cost $7.
Another interesting tidbit: The restaurant has two kitchens. They're separated by a hallway. One is used only for raw meat. The temperature is kept cooler here to keep the meat fresh and prevent cross contamination.
The second kitchen is the more traditional steamy, busy kitchen with lots of soup cooking.
Details: (559) 298-0666 or shilakbbq.com.
China Chop Suey
And since we're talking about Asian restaurants, China Chop Suey has left its spot at Blackstone and Clinton avenues the former Happy Steak spot after 10 years.
The owner of the building wanted to sell it, so China Chop Suey moved to 3050 W. Shaw, near Marks. It's now in the same shopping center as Target, but in the strip of restaurants near Stein Mart.
China Chop Suey still has the same menu, including dim sum, and its vegetarian menu.
Details: (559) 226-2337.
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