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Roy Choi’s Changing Your Vegas Buffet Routine With AYCE Korean BBQ

Staying true to both Korean BBQ culture and Vegas buffet culture, Best Friend by Roy Choi has announced that it will be doing all-you-can-eat Mondays, where you can grub on all the restaurant’s meats and banchan side dishes for $65.

That means you can go in on two plates at a time, for as many rounds as you want. On any other day, the meats (Kalbi, Spicy Pork, BBQ Chicken, BBQ Veg, BBQ Shrimp) are individually priced, so this gives you a chance to try them all, as well as the banchan in one sitting.

Don’t worry, you don’t have to break the bank to whet your palate, as their sake and champagne magnums will be priced half off on Mondays, as well.

If you’re a noob to the K-Town-inspired restaurant, it is good to note that the menu also consists of “L.A. Shit,” such as carnitas tacos, elotes, and even an ode to Choi’s Kogi BBQ Truck short rib taco. But it also features grandiose Vegas-inspired menu items such as dry-aged tomahawks and Lobster Kung Pao.

In early 2019, Chef Roy Choi brought the streets of Los Angeles to the Las Vegas strip, opening up his “Best Friend” Korean restaurant at the Park MGM Resort and Casino.

“I wanted anyone that was from LA, that grew up around hip-hop as a brown skin, black skin or minority in Los Angeles, to walk in this thing and be like, ‘Oh f*ck yeah! This is it!” Choi told Foodbeast.

The $65 price point is definitely a little steeper than your usual Los Angeles Korean BBQ dinner, but is still pretty on par with high-end buffets on the strip. Plus, it gives you a chance to deviate from the typical prime rib/crab leg/oyster buffet combination you’ve probably been dining on since your parents took you to Vegas as a kid.

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Roy Choi’s Newest Restaurant Successfully Transplants LA Right On the Vegas Strip

“I wanted anyone that was from LA, that grew up around hip-hop as a brown skin, black skin or minority in Los Angeles, to walk in this thing and be like, ‘Oh f*ck yeah! This is it!”

For lauded chef Roy Choi, his fierce love and loyalty to the city of Los Angeles is one of his defining characteristics. Everything up to this point in the proud Angeleno’s culinary career has been an homage of sorts to the City of Angels. Given an opportunity to extend his culinary empire to Las Vegas, Nevada, Choi took that very flavor and vibe of Los Angeles’ Koreatown and successfully transplanted it right onto the Vegas strip.

Enter the latest Taste the Details episode highlighting Best Friend, the newest restaurant venture from the celebrated chef credited for sparking the gourmet food truck movement. For Choi, capturing the very nucleus and substance of his beloved KTown was of the utmost importance when first considering this latest venture. Since we’re talking about Las Vegas, the world’s playground for high-end escapism, virtually transplanting the one-of-a-kind vibrancy of a liquor store on Olympic Boulevard right in the heart of the infamous Vegas Strip was no problem, given the big budget that Choi was able to work with.

The end result is an honest snapshot of Choi’s Los Angeles, from the menu serving up his greatest Korean-inspired hits to Best Friend’s very own “Kimchi Chamber” to the regular rotation of veteran hip-hop DJ’s orchestrating the vibe — all within the brand new Park MGM Resort & Casino.

 

Photos: Audrey Ma & Travis Jensen