Address: 3180 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95051
I love to eat Korean food, but because of COVID-19 I hadn’t been to a Korean BBQ restaurant since before the pandemic started. When I got to Northern California though, one of the restaurants I decided to try was called Chungdam.
It could be because I hadn’t had Korean BBQ in such a long time, but Chungdam was one of the better KBBQ restaurants I have eaten at. The quality of the meats were very good (the prices reflected this). My personal favorite was the pork belly, which I thought had the best flavor. I also tried Chungdam’s Suwon Galbi, which is one of the dishes Chungdam is most well known for. It is a bits sweet (it is marinated in sugar), but I also really enjoyed the Suwon Galbi.
In addition to having great meats, Chungdam also had really good side dishes and vegetables. It was great to be able to get unlimited refills on the banchan, as this is one of the experiences you lose when you takeout Korean food.
KBBQ is one type of food that cannot be replicated through takeout, as you have to eat the food fresh off the grill. If it has been a while since you last ate KBBQ and you are willing to pay a bit for quality, Chungdam is definitely a spot to check out!
Chungdam Recommendation Rating: 4
This post has now been updated to reflect a new ratings system that I have implemented, which is scored as follows:
1: Something worth checking out if you have time
2: Something that is a hit for some people, but not a must for everyone
3: Something worth prioritizing if interested
4: Something worth making time to check out
5: An absolute home run, worth going out of your way for
This is a blog for myself (and hopefully others) to keep track of all of the places, restaurants, books, movies, etc. that I do not want to forget. I am a college student who has lived in the US, Asia, and Europe for extended periods of time; I am very lucky to have had these experiences, and I want to share my recommendations with people interested in any of these locations.
NONE of these posts are advertisements. I do not have any discount codes or promotions for anything I write about; however, this should be considered a positive because it means that everything I write about reflects my true feelings. In order to keep this blog positive, my posts will only be recommendations for the things I enjoy the most in life. The topics will vary between whatever subjects I am interested in at a certain time, and I will have 1-2 new posts per day.
I wish I could have started this project earlier while some of my memories were fresher in my mind, but it is better late than never. I hope that other people will have the chance to visit or experience things that I write about, and I hope that people will have a similar taste in life to myself!