Has anyone tried Sonamu korean bbq ? It's on Wilshire in Ktown but the entrance is not directly on Wilshire...
i work in that building. there are 2 entrances to the restaurant - one from the lobby and one from the side street (kingsley).
i've had lunch there numerous times, and the food is perfectly acceptable, especially the combination doshirak. the service is relatively good, the space is fairly nice, and there's a valet on kingsley. the place is one of the better lunch places in ktown.
unfortunately, i've never had dinner or straight-up bbq at sonamu - i much prefer to unwind and dine at a location away from work.
however, i'll make it a point to check out the dinner menu and report back soon. but since the resto is often deserted during the weeknights, i can't imagine it surpassing the likes of chosun, tahoe, suhrabul, dong il jang, etc.
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well, after procrastinating for over a year, i finally had dinner last night at sonamu. i liked it a lot. first, the service was great - changing the grill pan without having to ask, for example. we ordered the beef combo #1 for 4 people. the saeng galbi was terrific - just a dab of salt at the end was all that was needed. there were 9 types of panchan at first, and when we asked for seconds, they brought out 3 new ones along with our request. so 12 total. the doenjang jigae at the end was killer. not overly salty, a slight sweetness somehow. good balance.
the damage: about $100 for the 4 person bbq combo + $11 for a bottle of soju + $10 for a not-so-good grilled fish (eemyunsoo gui) + tax + tip = $150 or so. a bit more than most places, but well worth it, IMHO. good service, upscale, good flavor. i'll be back.