Photo by Ed Williams
Cooking your own food at a restaurant might not be the norm, but it’s part of what makes Ardmore’s Songsan Korean BBQ so unique. Owner Brandon Yi encourages diners to create their own combo platters of marinated center-cut short ribs or spicy chicken, thinly sliced pork belly, tender beef brisket, slivered onions, and fresh mushrooms. Next, they sear them to perfection right on each table’s electric grill.
Great for serving a crowd, the combos average $27 for a single item to $100 for four. Starters are prepped in advance. The list includes tangy bulgogi (Korean pork) spring rolls, mandu (pan-fried dumplings), barbecue tacos, hot stone-pot bibimbap (egg, beef and mixed veggies over rice) and kimchi fries blanketed with cheddar and mozzarella cheeses. If you aren’t up for cooking, servers will do it for you.
This intimate Rittenhouse Place establishment has just 12 tables and offers four beers on tap, along with wine and refreshing Korean soju. The burnt pinewood walls and sizzling meats and veggies make for a unique juxtaposition you won’t soon forget.
66 Rittenhouse Place, Ardmore, (610) 642-3184.