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Restaurant Rave: Woo Lae Oak

Posted by Patricia Gorecki | 12/6/2013 | Category: Restaurant Raves

Time to give Korean BBQ a try! Stop in to Woo Lae Oak out in Northwest Suburban Rolling Meadows for a taste of authentic Korean delights. Check back weekly to find other Restaurant Raves for great dining spots around the Chicago area.

Woo Lae OakWoo Lae Oak, $$-$$$, Rolling Meadows
3201 Algonquin Road, Rolling Meadows, IL 60008
(847) 870-9910
Reviewed by: Trish Gorecki

If you have never tried Korean barbeque, now is the time to give it a taste. Take a trip out to the Northwest Suburb of Rolling Meadows for a bit of authentic, traditional Korean dining.

Woo Lae OakOne of the first things you may notice when you are seated is the removable table center and controls on the side of the table. Once removed, the center of the table transforms into a grill that allows your food to be cooked right in front of you. You are welcome to cook the meat yourself or have your server assist.

We decided to order the Dak Gui—marinated chicken breast—and Chadolbaegi—thin sliced beef brisket. Both were amazing. The chicken was tender with just a tad of heat while the brisket was the thinnest I have ever seen and cooked to perfection. Three dipping sauces are provided to enhance the flavors.

Each menu item is accompanied with a large selection of banchan—traditional Korean side dishes. This includes unique but delicious items such as Sukju Namul Muchim—Korean-style bean sprout salad, Sigeumchi Namul—seasoned spinach salad, Baechu Geotjeori—Napa cabbage kimchi, Mu Saengchae—radish kimchi, and Dubu Ganjang Jorim—soy sauce boiled tofu. Thankfully our waiter was more than happy to describe all the side dishes to us!

Woo Lae OakThe restaurant does not look like much from the outside, but enter through the doors and you are greeted with warm wood accents, vibrant colors and a welcoming atmosphere. Wait staff dressed to the nines in slacks and crisp dress shirts bustle throughout the restaurant, visiting with guests and answering questions regarding the menu. Our server was amazingly helpful, patiently answered all our questions and explained the dining process. They are more than happy to refill any side dishes and are attentive without being intrusive.

If you are looking to try something new, I would definitely recommend you make the trip out to Woo Lae Oak. Even my somewhat picky mother was absolutely thrilled with her meal!

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