|Kogi BBQ at the Alibi Room -- short rib tacos, Korean spiced fries, and cerveza
So last night I visited Alibi Room after work with some coworkers for drinks, and I can say that they have starting serving Kogi BBQ from the bar's tiny kitchen. The Kogi menu includes tacos, sliders, a quesadilla, french fries, and a few other items. The Alibi Room website has the complete menu. This was my first experience with Kobi BBQ so I decided to keep it straightforward and order the tacos. For $7 you get a choice of three tacos – beef, pork, chicken, and tofu. I went with beef + chicken + tofu , a side of Korean-spiced fries, and a bottle of Carta Blanca.
So about these tacos, they were very tasty, a bit spicy, and I felt the serving size was about right for the price I paid. They're a little messy but that's probably me (so I'm a bit rough on the edges when it comes to fine dining) and they definitely have a different taste from your typical taco truck tacos. Three other people in my group also ordered the tacos; one person was meh, but everyone else raved about them. As for the fries, I don't know if these are served at the Kogi trucks, but these are absolutely amazing. Perfectly fried, fluffy on the inside, generously portioned, and are flavored with a unique seasoning that really puts them over the top – it's salty/garlicky/spicy and just plain good. Put it this way, we ordered a second basket before the first was done with.
The bar itself wasn't too busy for a Thursday night, at least from 6-8pm, and I noticed many other customers ordering tacos, quesadillas, fries, etc, and thus keeping the chef quite busy. Alibi Room has a full drink menu and an impressive selection of imported and domestic beers. The Carta Blanca, being a light-bodied lager, went really well with the tacos as it didn't overpower the taste.
I believe next week is Kogi's grand opening at Alibi so they appear to be testing out the kitchen and the menu this week. That said, I was quite impressed with how things went last night. We'll be back.