Pro Samgyubsal | Other Suburbs North | Korean, Asian | Restaurant
Northbrook Korean barbecue specializing in samgyeopsal, pork belly.

Our Review

Three-layered flesh" is the translation of the Korean word samgyeopsal, or what English speakers refer to less vividly as pork belly. Meat, fat, and skin stack up as the most popular cut on the grill among Koreans, and you can find it at pretty much every barbecue house in the city and suburbs. What you don't find very often—the way you would in Korea—are samgyeopsal specialists: operators who focus on belly, capitalizing on a national-size appetite for crispy, spitting-hot mouthfuls of pig belly, dredged through salty sesame oil and wrapped in lettuce leaves with a smear of funky soybean paste and a sliver of griddled garlic. But now there's a new strip-mall source for samgyeopsal bearing the logo of a smiling suicidal porker, and a name, Pro Samgyubsal, that, despite the less common transliteration, can only inspire confidence in the activities therein. The restaurant has two rooms, each with spacious tables inset with convex gas burners. It's regrettable that these aren't powered by charcoal, but as they're fired up and the yawning overhead exhaust fans kick in, any draftiness is replaced with a porky warmth that suffuses the air and seduces your olfactory system. Read the full review >>

Mike Sula

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Price: $$$
Payment Type: Cards accepted


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