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Jan 4, 2001 10:52 PM

Yujean Kang is always empty

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Does anyone know why this wonderful restaurant is always half empty? I know it's a little pricey but the food is uniformly good, and sometimes even original, Chinese. (And it's got a decent bar--important to me!) I'm talking about the branch in West Hollywood on Melrose, not the one in Pasadena which is not geographically desireable for me so I don't know what it's like there. I suppose I shouldn't be complaining. You never need a reservation. But I'm worried it will go out of business.

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  1. I agree completely. Very good food (if a bit overpriced), but you can hear crickets chirping while you're in there. Terrible decor, though.

    3 Replies
    1. re: S.Z.
      Michael Robertson Moore

      I understand Yujean Kang's on Melrose gets a pretty big lunch crowd, so I suppose that's keeping them afloat. Either that or Friday night regular John Frankenheimer.

      Actually, I find YK's prices pretty reasonable. At least I did when I was employed. But their wine list is becoming ridiculously overpriced...

      1. re: Michael Robertson Moore
        Michael Robertson Moore


        Had dinner at Yujean Kang's this evening and just about every table was full.

        1. re: Michael Robertson Moore

          I actually love going to the Old Town Pasadena Yujean Kang's on Friday and Saturday nights, when the wait for everything else (esp. in Old Town) is INSANE, like 2 hours for Cheesecake Factory or 1.5 hours for Mi Piace (which, by the way, is like the worst Italian restaurant ever) because YK's can almost always seat me right away. The food is pretty great all around, and the fresh fish in soy/cilantro I got last Saturday was so awesome, I couldn't believe it. Better than the ponzu catfish at Shiro, I swear.

    2. I live nearby and once pulled into a metered parking spot in front of the building next door. The valet came running over and threatened to have my car towed. Never mind there was no city-posted "valet parking only" sign, as West Hollywood posts in such reserved spots. The manager had no interest in my complaint. Needless to say, I've not eaten there and plan not to. It's bad policy to mistreat your neighbors.