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Soh Grill House Brings Inventive Modern Korean Barbecue to the Heart of Pasadena

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And they've got some cool new ways of rethinking the genre

The future home of Soh Grill House
The future home of Soh Grill House
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Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

There’s a new name in Pasadena’s meat grilling game today, as Soh Grill House plots to move into a former nail salon on Raymond Avenue. The Old Town Pasadena shop should be ready to go sometime later this year.

The plan is pretty straightforward: owner Tamara Kim wants Soh Grill House to be a maximalist modern Korean barbecue option with a sleek interior look, sort of like a Hanjip but for Pasadena. Expect lots of industrial touches from the Poon Design team behind the build-out, including polished concrete floors and an open kitchen. That firm has previously worked on everything from Din Tai Fung at the Americana to Mendocino Farms, Sushi Noguchi, and beyond.

Interestingly enough, there are plans to sort of reverse-engineer the grills at Soh by crafting a “down draft system” that will pull smoke into the table bases and ultimately out through some exhausts in the walls. That means no clunky hoods over the 15 grill tops, which will drastically change the look of the place.

There’s no official timetable for opening just yet, nor is there an opening menu. Expect something this fall, likely, as it’ll take some time to bring the former nail salon online, but in the meantime you can console yourself with the fact that Soh will, indeed, carry beer and wine.

Soh Grill House
27 N. Raymond Ave.
Pasadena, CA