Nov 22, 2022 - Food and Drink

New Korean BBQ restaurant opening soon in Des Moines

Korean BBQ

Pork belly and steak on the grill at DZÔ Korean BBQ off Ingersoll Avenue. Photo: Linh Ta/Axios

My number one complaint about Des Moines' food scene has been the lack of Korean BBQ.

Yes, but: I can't complain for much longer because DZÔ Korean BBQ is getting ready to open its doors soon in the Ingersoll neighborhood.

How it works: You're seated at a table with a grill in the middle that's used for cooking the meat yourself.

  • You can choose your own meat or select a pre-picked combo depending on your party size.

My experience: I went to the restaurant's soft opening last Saturday with three friends and ordered the "Z Combo," which includes kalbi, boneless short rib, pork belly, filet mignon and a ribeye for $110.

  • The combo also comes with "banchan," little vegetable side dishes like kimchi, pickled radish and bean sprouts.

First bite: The experience was everything that I hoped for. My favorite meats were the crispy and fatty pork belly and the sweet, marinated short rib.

  • Staff was on hand to explain how to do everything and the dining experience was just overall fun.

Of note: It took about two hours for me and my friends to cook and eat everything.

What's next: Expect the restaurant to open to the public in December.

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