Christina wrote:Wish I could have joined you. Cannot wait to get there, and hear the rest of the details. We usually eat dinner 9-10 pm so keep me posted if you hit it late-night.
Pick a night and toss something up on the events board! If it's towards the later end of that 9-10 window, I can jump in most nights.
Now that I'm not drifting in and out of consciousness, a little more detail. Of course
I just took my camera in for repair yesterday, so blurry cameraphone pics will have to suffice. I'll come back and replace these once I get some better ones.
It's a funny but comfortable place... part Korean village, part disco. Not sure if the latter is a holdover from its previous incarnation. The current owner has been in the place for about 10-11 months, and yeah, it sounds like the menu was completely revamped around the middle of last year. I've attached a PDF of the menu to this post (Note : moved to first post in the thread
), with apologies for the poor quality. The original (photocopied takeaway menu) wasn't much more legible than the scan.
As I believe has been pointed out, the banchan are a real strength. It seems everything is made fresh in-house, and it shows. Great assortment, great flavors, fresh and delicious, and a dozen for four of us.
Another big hit. For reference, you could fit a basketball in this bowl. Really nice flavor, some kick but not so much that the flavor is lost. Delicious seafood, including some really fresh shrimp -- quality headsucking to be had here. And the noodles, which she makes in-house, have a really nice, tender bite. And it's kind of a steal at $12.
I can't say there's anything for me that separates this from any other well-prepared Jap Chae, but when this is the low point, you're having a pretty damn good meal. Don't let the terrible photo lend the wrong impression. This was delicious.
Very restrained in the seasoning, but nicely cooked, lightly crisped just so, juicy and flavorful. She was quite insistent that we eat this with the Jap Chae. She was quite insistent about how we ate a few things, actually (going so far as to pair certain banchan with certain dishes). It was awesome... like a food-obsessed grandma making sure you eat it right.
I enjoyed this an awful lot too, though it tailed off quickly as it cooled. Best to get it while still bubbling. It's a hot and spicy crab stew with a good deal of crab. Somehow I missed out on the crab until I ended up with an abandoned bowl that was cold, so I can't comment on the quality of the crab, but the soup was lovely, light and spicy and briny with crab flavor, both the clean and funky aspects. I'd get this again, but I'm too anxious to try others.
I'm really anxious to get back here. I used to consider it a horrible joke that we didn't have a late-night Korean joint. That we now have one and
that it's really, really good is a double blessing. Check this place out. We need to support it, not just because we need to make sure it sticks around, but because if this is anywhere near the norm, it totally deserves it.