If you’ve never tried Korean barbecue (or Korean food in general), you need to seriously rethink all your life decisions. But first, let’s have a crash course to enlighten you and improve your life by 175%. At the most basic culinary level, it’s simply the traditional Korean way of grilling meat tableside. As a phenomenon that’s taking over the world by storm, it’s all about the experience. So many things happen during a Korean BBQ – from succulent proteins you’ll can’t wait devour, to spicy kimchi being plucked up with chopsticks, soup being slurped, and shots of sujo getting downed in one gulp.

In this article, we compile a list of the best restaurants in Cairo that can deliver the Korean BBQ experience to you -- be it at their establishments or to your home. SPOILER ALERT: They’re all in Maadi.

Tomato // Maadi

Address: Nerco Commercial Building 1, Street 232, Degla Maadi

Why they're the best? Jjiage, which is basically a Korean stew, will honestly ruin all other stews for you. Order the pork belly or seafood jjiages and thank us later.

Mina // Maadi

Address: Building 34, Road 276, New Maadi

Why they're the best? Banchan. Their lineup of vegetable side dishes that inexplicably appear right after ordering is to die for at Mina. Why, you ask? Because unlike other restaurants, every time you get banchan there there’s always something new, making sure that your Korean BBQ experience there is different every time. 

Seoul Barbecue // Maadi

Address: Building 25, Road 263, New Maadi

Why they're the best? If you haven't dabbled that much into the arts of Korean BBQ and are worried that you might undercook or overcook the meat, the staff can take full control and do it for you. Just make sure to let them know that over the phone. 

Gaya // Maadi

Address: Building 41, Road 218, Degla

Why they're the best? One of the oldest Korean joints in the country, Gaya's secret weapon has always been its atmosphere, not the food. But since the apocalypse has happened, you can rely on Gaya to deliver as many sujo bottles for home because their supply is endless.