Big dinner at Ohgane (Oakland)
I organized a dinner for 12 at Ohgane the other night. It was particularly fun since a lot of my friends have not eaten much Korean food, so most of the dishes were new to them. We ate:
#4 yuke hwe - raw beef with Korean pears and raw egg
#5 sun dae - pork and (sweet potato?) noodle sausage with chile salt
#1 palace yang nyum gal bi - spicy beef short ribs
#10 dae gee bul go gi - spicy pork
#20 man du kal guk su - noodles and dumplings in light broth
#29 dol sot bi bim bab - rice with meat, vegetables, etc. in hot stoneware bowl
#41 hak ji boke-um - octopus
#51 juk suk sa gol kim chee jun gol - soup / stew cooked at the table with dumplings, tofu, fat noodles, kimchi, etc.
I hadn't tried the sun dae before, it was really good, sort of a Korean counterpart to Cajun boudin. I think the dumplings in #20 and #48 had different fillings, both were great. I wanted to order duk but I couldn't find them on the menu and the server claimed they didn't have any (I could swear I've had them there before).
For double orders of all of the above except the octopus (I ordered two but we only got one), the total before drinks, tax, and tip was a little over $22 a head. We polished off everything except around half of the jungol and a few slices of sun dae.
Next time I'll specify the nicer, quieter front room when reserving. They were going to put us in the back but I got them to move us.
3915 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94611
Awesome! I've gone by there on the 51 bus line a lot of late coming in from Alameda. Heck, I get off the bus at 40th when I ride that way, so that would be a perfect stop for a late lunch (I think Mama's is long-closed by the time I get down that way, somewhere around 1:30).
Tried the lunch buffet today. It's probably not the best option if one hasn't eaten at Ohgane before. There's a wide variety of selections: radish and napa kimchi, potato pancake, fried rice, sausage casserole, ddukbokki, bulgogi, marinated chicken, kimbap, fried fish, a bibimbap station with fried eggs, soondubu and I think a rendition of Jonga House's cold kimchi soup, though not quite as good.
I'm probably forgetting several dishes and they also have watermelon and orange slices for dessert. None of the items were particularly good, my seconds included the fried egg over fried rice and sausage. There were a good number of patrons having the buffet though.