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Woo Lae Oak on La Cienega wasn't that great.....

I wasn't impressed by the food. In my humble opinion, the ambiance is stale (and loud), the food is overpriced, and the servers weren't that helpful. My friend said that the tuna and the eel was good.
But I'd much prefer paying for the food, than paying for the ambiance.

Any other suggestions on Korean ? I've heard BCD Tofu house is awesome.

Our main mistake for choosing Woo Lae Oak is that we thought we should go to the one on Western, only to find out that it's been closed for quite a while. So we thought the food would be the same for the La Cienega version.

We've been to the Korean grill on Western. The one where they use charcoal grills. We've always eaten there, but now we're thinking of trying other places.

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  1. Try Soot Bull Jeep on 8th street. It's a grill but good and reasonable.

    1. Yes Woo Lae Oak is pretty aweful. Agree. Also agree that Soot Bull Jeep is better.

      1. I had a really bad but expensive meal there- I think it is just the name- there are plenty others who are MUCH better

        1. Try Ma dong gooksoo on Western at James J Woods, Sa Rit Gol on Olympic at Serrano, and Yongsusan on Vermont if you are looking for Korean places that are not primarily bulgoki-oriented. Woo Lae Oak sucks.

          1. since it looks like you are looking for a "nicer" korean bbq spot, i would suggest going to chosun in koreatown.

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            1. re: wilafur

              Chosun Galbi has often been recommended as the go-to for Korean BBQ when bringing un-initiated friends who've never had real Korean BBQ before. I'm the sadistic friend that takes them to Soot Bull Jeep without warning them about the smoke.

              1. re: SauceSupreme

                lol. great minds think alike. but i take them to soot bull guirim because i am an AYCE lover.

                1. re: SauceSupreme

                  Ah I love your thinking too but sadly my efforts in this regard failed when I took my mom from Missouri to sbj on an extremely packed Sunday evening... blue smoke filled the whole place and we were teary-eyed from smoky irritation within minutes. Mom complained the whole time and now on subsequent visits to LA has never let me take her to another Korean BBQ joint for fear of a repeat experience.

                  Shoulda gone to Chosun Galbee! http://www.chosungalbee.com/

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              2. Parks BBq on Vermont just north of Olympic is the spot. Its in a strip mall on the Northwest corner of Vermont and Olympic. Very traditional and authentic and recently got good review in LA Times which made me mad because there was a longer wait than usual when I went on Fri night. I've been going here for about 4 years and the quality of their kalbi is top notch. Banchan is diverse and always different based on whats good. The other dishes, galbi tang (short rib soup), jigaes (stews) and neung muyhn (buckwheat noodles) are good.

                The original Woo Lae Oak in Ktown which caters to Koreans is a completely different restaurant than the La Cienega version.

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                1. re: js76wisco

                  I second Parks BBQ.

                  And please do not go to BCD if you want soon tofu. Check out Beverly Soon Tofu or Sokongdong, both on Olympic, west of Vermont, across the street from each other.

                  1. re: MeowMixx

                    I 3rd Park's but if you don't care about ambience, the venerable Corner Place on James Wood and Soot Bull Jeep are always consistently good for a fare or great price.

                    1. re: Tacomato

                      Park's is gerat, but obscenely expensive.

                2. Woo Lae Oak is a disgrace to Korean food. I was there a couple of years ago with some Non- Asian friends. Their food was flavorless and boring. When I think of Korean food I think of flavorful and spice. Woo Lae Oak just doenst' do Korean food justice. I was extremely annoyed when they brought out the side dishes and they had hardly any spice in it. The kimchi tasted like it was freshly cut cabbage with no fermentation at all! It had no flavor at all! Can you believe they had creme brulee there?

                  Any random Korean BBQ place in K town can give you a more authentic Korean Food experience.

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                  1. re: karynx78

                    Heh, if any place in Ktown served creme brulee, they'd still find a way to make it spicy as all hell.

                    1. re: karynx78

                      Your review is great...I seriously will never try this place based on your description of the kimchee. I'd be so pissed off at that!