Metro Atlanta has seen numerous openings of Korean BBQ restaurants since the opening of Breakers BBQ in Duluth a couple of years ago. It has been a bonus for foodie and consumers to experience the variety of choices and offerings of Korean BBQ.
The latest offering is by Ari Korean Steakhouse – who branded themselves as a steakhouse instead of Korean BBQ. It is located in Johns Creek and the cusps of Duluth borders.
Along with the restaurant, there is a full cocktail bar and a modern bakery inside the contemporary designed restaurant.
The menu offers a wide selection of quality beef choices from wagyu (Kobe beef strip loin), dry aged bone in prime ribeye, pork belly, porterhouse steak to short ribs. It also offer shrimp and chicken.
I ordered from the “Butcher's Feast” ($148.00) from their dinner menu as they don't offer lunch menu on Sunday afternoon. Since they are five of us, we ordered the selection that serves prime ribeye, beef brisket, marinated gable, pork belly, and spicy chicken bulgogi.
I have opted out of the enticing $35.00 per person “All You Can Eat” dinner package as we preferred the “quality vs quantity” meat selection.
The quality of meat are fresh, never frozen, and higher grade in quality compared to other BBQ restaurants. The meats are also leaner and tender cuts of meat.
More impressive is the presentation of the meat in a butcher tray. It is presented at the table with the waiter grilling the meat.
“Banchan” (side dishes) served along with the meal are a bit short in quantity. The waiter is less attentive on replenishing the banchan dishes.
A major bonus is the new ventilation system that draws downward from the grill. Your clothing will not smell like BBQ after you walk away from the restaurant.
Another bonus is the full bar that serves cocktails, wine, shoju, and beers. Grilled meats tasted much better along with alcohol.
Upon the end of your package meal, dessert is served fresh from the bakery selection. We were served a slice of chocolate cake along with a slice of carrot cake made in-house.
Both slices of cakes are delicious and made to perfection. The cake's sweetness tasted better after gorging on the meat.
The dining experience at Ari has been surprisingly good. I would recommend to anyone who appreciates good meats along with unique dining experiences.
Ari Korean Steakhouse
9700 Medlock Bridge Road
Unit # 112
Johns Creek GA 30097