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"Wafu Korean BBQ" provides a great experience but serves subpar food By: carly kaplowitz '21

Pictures and captions by Carly Kaplowitz '21

Westport has many restaurants ranging anywhere from the classic slice of pizza to a juicy cheeseburger. But one restaurant that many residents do not know is located in the heart of Westport: Korean barbecue. “Wafu”, located on 34 Elm Street inside Bedford square, provides a unique experience at a convenient location.

Wafu provides many options of places to sit ranging anywhere from the typical table or booth, to a seat at the bar.

The menu was very extensive with a wide variety of Korean barbecue options. I decided to order the chicken, which came with banchan, also known as small side dishes and rice for $30. For $30 I was expecting much more food, leading me to believe that this restaurant was very overpriced.

The grill is placed right in the middle of the table so that everyone can see it.

Every topping was completely new to me. They had kimchi, bean sprouts, pickled radish and more. After these were brought out, I was extremely skeptical of what I had ordered and feared that I would not be a fan of what was to come.

One thing that was enjoyable was how my waiter was explaining the process of how Korean barbecue works, how long it usually takes and why he thinks that Korean barbecue is the best type of barbecue. This made my experience better because I was able to understand what was going on and felt like I was in the kitchen, all at the comfort of my own table.

The chicken is cooked along with an array of vegetables like zucchini, mushrooms and onions.

But, when the food was completed and I assembled my banchan and chicken into a lettuce wrap, I was disappointed. The chicken was slimy and made it hard for me to enjoy because it lacked flavor and relied on the unique toppings to bring life to the food.

Customers have the option to eat the chicken on a plate or in a lettuce wrap.

Although the experience was very pleasant and entertaining, the food fell short and left me still hungry after I had left. Due to the amazing service and entertainment provided at the table, “Wafu” gets a five out of 10. If you are a fan of Korean barbecue and trying new foods then I would recommend trying it out, but I will certainly not be rushing back there.

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