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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Camp BBQ Lets Diners Grill Their Own

Posted By on Thu, Jul 26, 2012 at 3:30 PM

click to enlarge Kalbi shortrib, prawns, and Kurobuta sausage at Camp BBQ. - TAMARA PALMER
  • Tamara Palmer
  • Kalbi shortrib, prawns, and Kurobuta sausage at Camp BBQ.

Camp BBQ opened last week in the Richmond District. The Japanese grill (yakiniku) is the third restaurant from the owners of nearby Genki Ramen and Genki Crepes, and its clean, black interior and the high-energy dance pop blaring from the stereo are reminiscent of the ramen shop.

The idea here is to order small plates of veggies (Asian greens, buttered corn), meat (Kalbi shortrib, ox tongue), chicken, or seafood (scallop, shrimp) ($4-13) to cook in the center of your table. Side orders such as steamed buns, lettuce wraps, and noodle soup ($6-9), are bonus ways to eat them once they are grilled. There is a fairly large sake list, some soju, and non-alcoholic choices such as pineapple or watermelon slushies.

This isn't some slow-and-low cooking like you might be used to at a Korean barbecue spot, though. This is some get-too-chatty-with-your-friends-and-burn-your-meat kind of cooking, so be forewarned.

S'mores seemed to be the natural choice for dessert when we had dinner here last night, and while this is not a review of any sort, the only disappointing moment of the meal was to see the little squares of Hershey's arrive on the table. No real bother, though; next time, we'll just bring our own chocolate to the campfire.

Camp BBQ 4014 Geary (at Fourth Ave.), 387-1378.

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