one of the best pots of budae jigae I've ever had
Everybody is right. You have to get the green onion pancake here.
Tucked in a corner of the shopping mall where it's surrounding restaurants boast large flex print ads, this unassuming place offered home-style Korean comfort food at reasonable prices. We just made it within the lunch special time limit of 3 pm, and we enjoyed very much the fine side dishes. I ordered the stone pot bibimbap, and I liked the lightly flavored dish. The vegetables were fresh, and not over salted.
The large, family style bowls of broth filled with myriad items (Army stew is a popular choice) are commonly on tables, while the big savory pancakes (pajun) are excellent.
When we lived in LA, my husband and I would come here whenever we needed a Korean food fix. Perennial favourites: 1. Pa-jeon chive pancake (super rich, super flavourful, perfect chewy-charred consistency) 2. Chili crab casserole (sweet-fleshed fresh-water crab cooked in an aromatic spicy broth) 3. Purple rice (nicely balanced with white rice for an unusually fragrant experience) They also serve classic Korean staples such as bibimbap and bulgogi, but I love the dishes above too much to stray. Decor is simple yet rustic and charming. The quality of calligraphy written right on the wood of the window frames is inordinately high, which suggests an aesthetic connoisseurship in the owner. A huge piece of driftwood in front of a paper screen shields the dining space from the less attractive exteriors of the parking lot. The only feature I find jarring at times is the fluorescent lighting, but when you pop in for a 2 AM snack after a night of driving around the city visiting that enclave of friends on the west side, even they feel right. During most visits, we would see a cute Korean grandmother (possibly the owner) milling about. She always brings a welcoming, homey vibe when she comes around to check if we are comfortable and in need of anything else. The other wait staff is generally friendly as well, if a little scattered, and their English is often limited. We don't miss LA much, but writing this review makes me nostalgic. I've had to learn to make pa-jeon at home, but it's never as good as Chunju Han-il Kwan's...
The Service: Very efficient service. They started taking orders while we were waiting for table. By the time we sat down.... we were ready to eat!! Awesome idea~ Many staffs on duty and they provide excellent service!!! Very authentic Korean food. Mostly local Korean customers. It is a family style restaurant, mostly table for 5 and 2 bigger table for 6. The Food: Love the hot pot with ramen noodle. Perfect to share. I also enjoy their ribs. They marinated with Korean sauce.... super yummy!! Their pancake is super big. Not super doughy. I like it!! The Parking: Plaza parking (valet, small fee)
Seafood sundubu jige, grilled mackerel
I was in K-town and ran across this restaurant on the corner of 6th and Kenmore. The food was traditional Korean cooking and deliciously. Mostly Korean clientele but the ladies speak good English. I believe they serve traditional Korean cooking, such as casserole, noodle and soup. They also have an A rating from the LA health department. Parking could be a problem at night.
Had their military stew for the 1st time, delicious! Perfect food for the cold days, especially with some soju to warm the stomach! Great service, all the waitresses were all smiles and friendly.
Boodae jjigae ("army" stew) is a spicy medly of everything yumm. Also order the kimchi or scallion pancakes