Los Angeles will soon receive its newest infusion of flavor with the opening of fine-casual Bibigo Kitchen on October 21. With a modern approach on classic Korean dishes, Bibigo Kitchen creates a unique destination for curious gastronauts to revel in the bold flavors and customizable combinations designed to please adventurous palates.
Westfield Century City Mall is the second location for Bibigo Kitchen with its first opening in San Diego in May 2019. In Jun Hwang, a veteran chef with over 18 years of cooking experience, has developed a menu that honors traditional Korean cuisine with playful twists and techniques that brings handcrafted culinary excellence and creativity to the forefront of fine-casual dining in Los Angeles.
“The opening of our Los Angeles location represents tremendous growth for the Bibigo Kitchen brand, especially going into such an incredible location like Westfield Century City Mall,” says Hwang. “Designed to illuminate the taste of contemporary Korean cuisine, our Los Angeles menu delivers a dynamic collection of cross-cultural dishes featuring a mix of local and international flavors in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. We are so excited to share it with the community.”
Bibigo Kitchen will feature a variety of fresh and exciting flavor combinations for every type of diner, whether looking for a grab & go lunch time meal, after-work shareable bites, or a delicious reprieve from shopping, the restaurant caters to every diner’s need.
Guests can order from Bibigo Kitchen’s signature Korean BBQ grill items, available as a plate or sizzling hot stone, featuring entrees such as Beef Bulgogi traditionally prepared with various vegetables and marinated in Bibigo’s proprietary Galbi sauce; and the Vegan Dduk Galbi made with a house-made blend of plant based protein, black bean, corn, spices, and soy Gochujang sauce. All grill items come with guest’s choice of a savory base and a fresh salad, including Seaweed Rice, Housemade Noodles, Crispy Chopped Salad, and Seasonal Fruit Kimchi.
Bibigo Kitchen reframes the Korean food culture of communal dishes though an expansive selection of tapas-style small plates, with signature items such as the Galbi Mandu (Korean dumplings) filled with a mix of beef, pork, green onion, chives, cabbage, carrot, and onion, finished crispy in a pan; as well as vegetarian-friendly choices like Veggie Platter & Gochujang Hummus, served with an assortment of veggies and naan; and Vegetable Mandu, made with tofu, cabbage, celery, and carrot.
Shareable large format dinner specials include the marquee BBQ Platter, showing off the kitchen chops with Bibigo Kitchen’s favorite Galbi Short Ribs, sous-vide style Crispy Pork Belly, and sweet-glazed Honey Soy Fried Chicken, all served with a side of Ssam vegetables for do-it-yourself wraps.
Guests can also expect flavorsome chef-created interpretations of familiar favorites like Seoul Bibimbap, an iconic Korean dish with charcoal-grilled Beef Bulgogi, assorted veggies, and a sous-vide egg, topped off with house-made chili soy sauce; Soon Tofu Ramen prepared with soft tofu, noodle, assorted veggies, sous-vide egg, and Mini Chicken Wontons.
In addition to the robust food program, Bibigo Kitchen also offers a thoughtfully curated selection of Korean twists on classic cocktails and innovative soju-based creations such as Bibigo Sangria, Soju Sunrise, and Boozy Aloe Soju. For those not looking to imbibe, look no further than Bibigo Kitchen’s premium tea menu that features creative creations such as Omija Berry Blush, Turmeric Mango, Tiger Milk Tea, and Butterfly Pea Coconut Boba.
Translating cuisine into an experience that teems with sensory engagement and interaction, orders are placed from the Terrazzo marble counter facing the open kitchen, where guests can watch chefs prepare the fresh dishes before taking a seat at the center island bar, inside booths or on the private patio. Green walls adorn the space, harmonizing with the natural wood elements that offer a modern and warm vibe for the fine-casual restaurant.
Bibigo Kitchen is located on the first floor of Westfield Century City Mall by the Avenue of the Stars pedestrian entrance and next to La Colombe coffee. The restaurant will be open seven days a week for lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. To celebrate Bibigo Kitchen’s grand opening on Friday, October 25, the restaurant will offer guests choice of a free plate for first 50 customers, as well as coupon giveaways and free Gochujang hot sauce all day.
Bibigo Kitchen is an elevated sister concept of the fast-casual to-go concept Bibigo with a location in the Westfield Century City Mall food court. Bibigo Kitchen aims to bring a multi-dimensional Korean dining experience through a balance of casual ambiance and upscale cuisine, infused with a menu of creative, Korean-inspired flavors.