This review is only for a to-go order. My guy and I had heard from friends around town that this place is fantastic for Korean food, and as a vegetarian (95% of the time vegan), I had been saddened to discover that so many Korean places in my neighborhood (I live in K-town) are BBQ-centric. I do like Korean food, but find myself stymied by the lack of veg options in my part of K-town. So, we decided to get some take-out from here one evening. We'd have eaten inside, but we'd just picked up our cat on the way from the vet and didn't feel it was very kind to leave her sitting outside in the car on a sort of chilly night while we ate inside a restaurant! Too bad, though... inside, it was very nice, with sumptuous decoration and an amazingly serene ambiance despite the large amount of people inside eating and talking.
We both got soon tofu, which is a spicy tofu soup. He got his with pork, I got mine with veggies. He also got some BBQ, because he'd been dying for some... weirdly, a lot of Korean BBQ joints in K-town are all-you-can-eat only, and will not allow a lone diner to come in and eat -- they serve to groups of two or more. Since there's nothing much for me to eat at those places, he'd been deprived of Korean BBQ for awhile. We both asked for our soups to be made spicy, and he said his was nice and spicy, whereas mine was mysteriously not spicy. Like, not at all. I went ahead and put some sambal oelek in it at home, which helped. I liked the flavor, but I'm not so keen on soft tofu, and I wished that there were more vegetables in my soup -- it was mostly liquid and tofu. I will likely eat there again, but insist that they put more vegetables in my soup, and ask for them to seriously make it spicy for me. I think that would have made up for the tofu not being my favorite consistency. Either that, or I'll get the tofu salad, which has fried tofu and sounds really good, or the bibimbap minus the egg plus some fried tofu. My fiance liked his soup a lot and said the dweji bulgogi was fantastic and melted in his mouth. He thinks he would probably just get those things again were we to go again.
The price was okay, maybe a bit higher than other Korean restaurants in the area, but they're a very popular place and the interior is a bit more upscale. It took them about 15-20 minutes to prepare our food, get it packed for takeout, and ring us out, so I'd say that their service would likely be very quick, too. The cool thing is that they're open 24/7, so you can sate a craving for Korean food anytime you get the hankering. Also, and this is especially nice for the neighborhood, there is a big parking lot, not a garage, where there are generally open spaces... even at dinner rush! It appears to be handicapped-accessible, so good on them for that.
It seemed that all kinds of diners were here... families, even ones with little kids... couples... Koreans, Korean-Americans, other Asians, Anglos, Hispanics, African-Americans... It seems that this yummy restaurant is much-beloved by everyone in the area! If you're in Koreatown, come find out why that is, and enjoy part of the special experience of our neighborhood!
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