Sharky’s: California RePUBlic

Whether at the original Sharky’s at Haeundae Beach, the Gwangalli Beach location or the most recent addition of Sharky’s III on the Haeundae Strip, Sharky’s is the only place in Busan that is quintessentially Californian. Its friendly vibe is reminiscent of laid-back SoCal beach bars where you find a strange brew of patrons, some spiritedly blowing off steam, some relaxing with a kind ale or cocktail over board games by the beach. While the assorted assembly there may change (which keeps the craic interesting), what is consistent for sure about Sharky’s is it serves the best pub grub in Busan.

Sharky’s distinction is the way it epitomizes California cuisine by using as much local produce as possible and procuring only the best ingredients, such as Australian beef and lamb, American bacon and all imported cheese.

Also, by putting that little extra time and care into not only its taste but also its presentation, they consistently deliver the finest culinary creations. For example, all the sauces and dressings are housemade, chicken breasts are marinated for at least 24 hours for a great caesar salad, hoagie rolls are baked to order, hand-rolled taquitos use only chicken leg and thigh meat for a more flavorful filling, and their original, freshly made meatballs of ground pork and beef, original herb mix and touch of cream cheese make them expertly seasoned and textured. Regarding that latter point, the meatball hoagie is the best sandwich I’ve had in Busan.

Furthermore, Sharky’s menu is replete with plenty of classics that authentically represent their provenance yet are never staid. The border specialties offer some serious Mexican food like the San Diego taquito plate, the wet burrito and the California burrito.

In addition, for a more inventive, modern twist, there’s the tuna avocado burger, the Cajun salmon filet and the cilantro lamb chops and sausage entree. And this spring, they’re rolling out a classic Western brunch, done, of course, with smartly chosen ingredients, housemade and cooked to order.

Even as Sharky’s brand and reputation has grown, it still adheres to its core principles of providing a chill ambience and amicable and competent service in great locations, all serving top-shelf food and drink. Salud!

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