With more than 20 years experience in the kitchen, Chef Oh opened his newest restaurant in the ViaPort Florida food court in Leesburg. Oh’s Korean BBQ opened two weeks ago and is already making a name for itself with its traditional Korean-style offerings.

“We specialize in marinades — either spicy or sweet — and use traditional-style cooking methods to ensure the best flavor for the meats,” manager David Hyun said. “You can’t just grill everything. Some meats take time to extract the flavors. Once people try it, they are hooked.”

Hyun regularly hands out free samples in order to get people to step out of their food comfort zone. He believes that once people try the food, they will love it.

“I fell in love with this place last week when I tried it for the first time,” Andrea Smith said. “This is my third time here this week. It’s amazing. I’ve never had Korean food so I feel like I’ve been missing out my whole life. The pork katsu is my new favorite.”

The restaurant offers 12 main entrees with rotating specials throughout the week, ranging from $5.55 and $9.99. They include L.A. Galbi beef short ribs; spare ribs; beef, pork or chicken bulgogi and fish, pork or chicken katsu. All are served with rice and choice of sides.

Daily specials include curry chicken, vegetable dumplings, spicy stewed chicken and sweet stewed beef back rib with side items like macaroni salad, tomato salad, kimchi, chilled broccoli and Korean roasted peanuts.

“We are so happy we decided to try this place,” Jill and Robert Heist said. “The sauces are amazing. It’s a must try!”

Chef Oh makes all of his own marinades and sauces, using natural ingredients such as fruits for sweetness. 

“It took me all of five minutes to fall in love with this place!,” Sharon Coe said in her online review. “There are so many menu choices and the meats are tender and full of flavor! The Kim chi is amazing! The manager was really informative and answered every question. Try it. You won't be sorry!”

Oh’s Korean BBQ is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at the ViaPort Florida food court, 10401 U.S. Highway 441 in Leesburg. For daily specials, go to www.facebook.com/OHSBBQ.