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heungbune- korean @ geary/fillmore

augustiner Nov 27, 2007 08:49 AM

i stopped by this newish korean restaurant, just opposite the fillmore theater for lunch yesterday. i believe this space was occupied by a thai restaurant before. i got a daeji bulgogi (spicy pork) lunch special to go. while waiting, i smelled and saw a lot of soups being consumed. there were little jars of coarse ground pepper and sea salt on each table, probably for doctoring the flavor of mild soups, like sollongtang. i noticed that each table got a small plate of fresh, raw greens with a dollop of chili sauce. they looked like chrysanthemum greens, but i'm not entirely sure. i thought this was an interesting touch.

my food took quite a while to make, and one of the waitresses noticed my restlessness, and said there would be extra food. she was obviously just joking, because when i opened up my to-go box, i found an enormous mound of rice and what i felt was a pretty skimpy portion of pork. the pork itself was quite fatty, each slice coated thickly in the gochujang marinade and sauce. the sauce was so thick that i couldn't really identify if the pork was pork belly or pork butt or shoulder. probably the latter. it tasted fine, and thankfully wasn't overly sweet.

it came with standard kimchi, and three other panchan: soybrean sprouts, spicy cucumber slices, and boiled dressed greens. i figured spinach until i ate a bite. it may have been korean watercress, i'm not entirely sure. since this was a to go lunch special, i have no idea how much panchan you would normally get here.

so for $6.5, not bad if you eat a LOT of rice. though their english signage says "korean BBQ," none of the tables were outfitted for grilling. as i said, i smelled a lot of soups, so that may be their strength. i'll find out next time. they're open quite late, until midnight on weeknights and 2AM on weekends, so they probably cater to the late night drunk, hungry korean clubbers.

i'd go back, but i doubt that this place will yield any real gems. has anyone else tried it out?

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    junesix Nov 28, 2007 05:57 PM

    I live in this area and I think the dinner is pretty good. They do have grilling via portable canister-fed burners that they set on the table. Until recently, we've just taken to calling it "Korean BBQ" because there's no name on the outside.

    I think Arang around the corner still gets most of the late night business since they have more snacky foods and low beer and soju prices.

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    1. re: junesix
      augustiner Nov 29, 2007 09:47 AM

      what would you recommend for dinner?

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        kresge86 Nov 29, 2007 10:16 AM

        I just tried Arang for dinner for the first time. I had a delicious bi bim bap (served in a clay pot so you get the nice crispy rice crust). My friend ordered the seafood bi bim bap and was in heaven. We also shared a plate of gal bi (beef short ribs) that was quite good. All in all, a nice meal for a nice price.

        1. re: kresge86
          Carrie 218 Nov 29, 2007 04:01 PM

          This is also my neighborhood and I much prefer Arang over the other two in the neighborhood. I ALWAYS go home with left-overs, even when I go in for a cheap lunch. And like Kresge86, love their Bi Bim Bap.

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