Cycle 13 – Item 127
12 (Thu) May 2022
Bone-In Strip Loin
at GOO STK 733
-Hannam, Yongsan, Seoul, Republic of Korea-
with W, Mom + Dad
GOO STK 733 is an American restaurant. Specializes in steaks: bone-in, wet/dry-aged, high-priced. Sides are ordered à la carte, like at fancy steakhouses in the States. Established 2009.
A while back (before I’d given up red meat), HSK and I were discussing steakhouses in Korea. He recommended GOO STK 733, recounting how a colleague of his, visiting from the US, who supposedly makes a habit of eating at famous steakhouses when traveling, had proclaimed GOO STK 733 to be the best in his experience across the world.
The occasion was to celebrate my parents’ Golden Wedding Anniversary: the big 50. We don’t usually do anything for them on their anniversary (we don’t do anything on our own anniversary), but this one seemed to call for a celebration, even if just dinner.
They nearly didn’t get married – or so I’ve been told many times throughout my life, just to let me know how grateful I should be to exist.
The steaks were pre-cut into varying sizes and sold by weight, as listed in the menu above. The Bone-In Strip Loin, for me, weighed 540 grams and cost 216,000 won (40,000 won per 100 grams). The 670-gram Bone-In Ribeye, shared by the rest, cost 288,100 won (43,000 won per 100 grams). I should’ve asked what was the priciest piece on offer that evening, probably a porterhouse.
The steak was fine. Cooked to a perfect medium-rare. Tender. Good flavor. But not worth the money, not worthy of the hype.
I’ve had far better steaks: in New York (see 7.036 Classic Lobster Newberg), in Manila (see for example 11.013 Bife de Chorizo), in Korea (see for example 3.331 American New York Strip), even by myself (see for example 9.295 Char-Grilled Hanwoo Strip Steak).
Anyway, we enjoyed the meal overall.
Totaling 727,100 won, this was probably the most expensive meal that I’ve ever paid for.
(See also GLOBAL FOOD GLOSSARY)
(See also BOOZE)
(See also RESTAURANTS IN KOREA)