Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Quick Bite: M Grill Brings Brazilian BBQ to Koreatown

Bar-goers can order separately from the bar menu
What: M Grill
Where: 3832 Wilshire Blvd., 213-289-2770

Why: You and your friends are meat-lovers who have done Korean BBQ to death; you're going to a show at the Wilton, Ebell or El Rey and could do with a passion fruit caipirinha cocktail and some happy hour snacks first.
The goods: It's only natural that Korean diners would love Brazilian churrascaria-style dining. Instead of grilling your own meat, large skewers of beef, chicken, sausage, pork ribs and lamb are grilled in the kitchen and carved at the table. But the all-the-meats-you-can-eat theme and copious appetizers will be familiar to anyone who's had Korean barbecue.

The look: Sleek and glossy with no trace of gaucho-kitsch. Illuminated marble bar is impressive.
chicken hearts!

What to order: With one price for everything ($47), the price falls in between Fogo de Chao in Beverly Hills and Gaucho's Village in Glendale. Pace yourself at the large appetizer buffet, but don't miss the creamed corn, collard greens and plantains. The pao de queijo (cheese balls) are hard to stop eating when they're still warm. As far as the meats, try a bite of everything the first time it comes around and then have seconds on the ones you like best - our favorite was the garlic picanha (steak) and for the braver diner, the chicken hearts were crispy, savory and not at all scary. Non-meat eaters can get just the buffet for $29. If there's room for dessert, try the coconut flan.

(I was invited to try this restaurant.)

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