7 Year Anniversary Date
This year, for our 7 Year anniversary date (which fell on a Sunday), we decided to go to one of our favorite little “hole in wall”-type Korean BBQ places. Clearly, we didn’t put much thought or planning into this anniversary date, haha, but oh well! We have been swamped lately. Sadly, we tend to neglect dates when we are busy, which is really not a good habit. But alas, since we are homebodies, we tend to both just be happy staying home. Even for anniversary night – we really don’t mind a good date-in. Check out what we did for our fourth wedding anniversary date here: Our Frog Painting.
Although there is a really nice (i.e. fancy) Korean BBQ restaurant, roughly the same walking distance from our apartment as this one, we sometimes like to rough it a little. For some reason, in Asia, “the look” of the restaurant doesn’t always determine how good the food will be.
Want to try this place? This is where it is…
This little place – of which I have no name – is easy to find, if you know where the Qingdao Grand Theatre is. I have put a sequence of pictures below, so if you want to try it out, you can make your way there. The entrance to the alleyway, in which this restaurant is located, is directly opposite this side of the Grand Theatre:
There are a number of shabby-looking restaurants and businesses along this alley, but there never seems to be much going on here. It is kind of eery, but we never feel unsafe a lot. In fact, I am not sure if this is based on naivety or not, but I can’t say we ever feel unsafe here in China. This might just be the safest place I have ever lived!
Walk down the dark, but safe, alleyway (pictured above), and eventually you will see the restaurant on your right. This is it…
It is a Korean BBQ restaurant, with some traditional Chinese style BBQ happening outside.
We like this place because the staff bring us our meat and side dishes, and then they leave us alone. At many Korean restaurants, there is a very Chinese way of serving. In Korea you are given your food, and then left to BBQ. It is relaxed and informal. But in China, “good service” means that the servers hover over you, taking the tongs out of your hand, pushing food onto your plate, and sometimes even cooking your meat at a separate table. Oh my word – to drives us insane. Ironically, this is considered good service in China, however, we find it pushy and abrasive.
We much prefer the ways we learned in South Korea, so when we find a place where they have good meat, friendly (non-pushy) staff, and a good vibe… It goes onto our “top spots” list!
In addition to two cuts of meat, we ordered a side dish of green beans, and a Korean rolled egg omelette (below). The sides are minimal here, but still pretty decent. I love the warm seaweed soup (above), and the spicy lettuce-based salad in a vinaigrette.
Another great night out together, and although not a traditional romantic anniversary-type restaurant, we enjoyed it nevertheless.
When I finish my half-day job (in three weeks), and things quieten down at work for Justin, I am hoping we can do something really big to celebrate… US! It’s been too long since we got dressed up, made proper plans, and did something really special.