Better late than never. Originally slated for a September 2012 debut, Palsaik finally grand opened in its new Buena Park location as Eight Korean BBQ. The name change also affected the original K-Town restaurant and both eateries are plating up the exact same Korean grilled meats. Management explains that the "Palsaik" moniker was simply too difficult for non-Korean speakers.
The OC branch of Eight ran into severe permitting issues as the original Korean barbecue restaurant it replaced was beyond salvaging. During the downtime, the Palsaik team managed to open another outlet in Singapore, thereby taking the brand international.
In other OC Korean barbeque news, K-Town's wildly popular Kang Hodong Baekjeong is expanding to Buena Park's Village Center (to be anchored by a Super H Mart at 5111 Beach Blvd). With well over 30 Korean restaurants, cafes, and bars along a four-mile stretch of Beach Blvd, Buena Park is fast becoming a Little Pusan whereas Garden Grove has cemented itself as Little Seoul. Also of note, chef Spencer Kim opened Spencer's Bistro in Buena Park on November 22. It touts house-made pan-European pastas and sandwiches with a slight Italian slant. So far, it has nothing but Yelp five-stars. [EaterWire]