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Lau Dec 13, 2011 05:28 PM

So I'm coming home next week and I've got a dinner with some friends that's going to be ktown, I'm looking for some Korean recs as I'm not up as up to speed on what's good these days since I don't live in CA anymore

I could go to my normal spots like Park's, Ondal 2 etc, but I wanted to see if anyone had some good recs? I'm up to hear about anything good (bbq, soups whatever)

Anything would be much appreciated!

  1. DrBruin Dec 13, 2011 05:49 PM

    Park's is still popular. Soot Bull Jeep gets some love on the CH boards. I enjoyed the AYCE at Road to Seoul.

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    1. re: DrBruin
      Peripatetic Dec 13, 2011 06:14 PM

      Note that Park's has two spin-offs: Don Dae Gam and LaOn. Don Dae Gam is a pork specialist, and is excellent. LaOn (next door to Don Dae Gam) is an attempt at Korean fusion tapas. I haven't been there, but there here's the thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/798350

      1. re: Peripatetic
        Lau Dec 13, 2011 08:33 PM

        yah i heard about don dae gam (and heard its very good as well), but i hadn't heard about LaOn

        1. re: Lau
          soniabegonia Dec 14, 2011 09:57 AM

          you'd be wise to stay away from LaOn, an overpriced mess.

          1. re: soniabegonia
            Lau Dec 14, 2011 10:14 AM

            ahh yah thanks, LaOn wasn't on my potential list...i don't want fusion stuff really, time is short

            i need like a month to come back, a week is even too short

            1. re: soniabegonia
              Peripatetic Dec 14, 2011 11:00 AM

              I'm actually glad to hear this. I looked in at LaOn last time I was at DDG and it looked excessively presentation-conscious, which, in a Korean restaurant, is a yellow flag for me.

              1. re: soniabegonia
                Clyde Dec 14, 2011 11:12 AM

                really? i do agree it's overpriced but i loved my meal there and have been wanting to go back. we're fish only and there were plenty of great options for us.

                1. re: Clyde
                  soniabegonia Dec 14, 2011 01:57 PM

                  to each his own.. i wrote a review a while back. i found the food bad to worse and the whole dining experience extremely frustrating due to the tiny cooking surface.

                  1. re: soniabegonia
                    baloney Dec 14, 2011 02:32 PM

                    Well they must've changed it because when I went a few months back, we were able to cook all our beef, shrimp, and octopus plus a few veggies all at once.

            2. re: Peripatetic
              ns1 Dec 14, 2011 09:42 AM

              Prefer Parks to DDG by quite a bit.

              1. re: Peripatetic
                ns1 Mar 20, 2012 12:33 PM

                Any new opinions on LaOn?

                Thought their dish @ Dine LA was great and J.Gold just did a writeup on the joint.

            3. Peripatetic Dec 13, 2011 06:07 PM

              Have you been to Seongbukdong? This is my single favorite place in Korea Town. If you go, you'll probably want one of their two signature dishes: galbi jim (braised short ribs) and godeungeo jorim (braised mackerel). Unless you're with a large group or want a lot of leftovers, I wouldn't get both because they're heavy dishes with some similarities. My other favorite dishes there are the haemul pajeon (seafood pancake) and the dolsot bibimbap. They don't have alcohol, but it's in the same strip mall as Dan Sung Sa so you could stop in there first if you wanted a quick beer or soju (and don't mind cigarette smoke).

              Dan Sung SA
              3317 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90020

              Seong Buk Dong
              3303 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90020

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              1. re: Peripatetic
                Lau Dec 13, 2011 06:33 PM

                ah good call, i've been meaning to try seong buk dong for a long time

                is kobawoo house still good? i just remembered that place too

                1. re: Lau
                  Peripatetic Dec 13, 2011 07:18 PM

                  Kobawoo House is on my list of places to try. There was a thread about them earlier this year: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/778903

                  1. re: Peripatetic
                    Lau Dec 13, 2011 07:20 PM

                    yah i used to really like it, but its been years since ive been there...first time i've had in a while to spend alot of time in CA so kind of excited to eat alot of stuff, normally i'm only home for like 3-4 days so not alot of time

                    1. re: Peripatetic
                      Lau Dec 15, 2011 11:58 AM

                      Hey Peripatetic - I'm going to dinner on monday in ktown, do you think that 7 people would be a problem? i know its a pretty small restaurant

                      my dinner party expanded alot

                      1. re: Lau
                        Peripatetic Dec 15, 2011 01:48 PM

                        I've never seen a table of more than 4-5 people, but they seem very nice there, so I would be surprised if they can't put two tables together for you. On the other hand, as you probably know, at some places in K-town you can get rude treatment or be denied service if you don't have any Korean speakers among your party (read some of the one-star Y*lp reviews for Chunju Han-il Kwan). My wife is Korean-born and speaks basic Korean, so we've never had any trouble.

                        1. re: Peripatetic
                          Lau Dec 15, 2011 02:12 PM

                          we won't have any trouble language wise, my gf is fluent and so is everyone else at the table except me (they're all korean)

                          ill have my gf call them to make sure its cool

                          1. re: Lau
                            Peripatetic Dec 15, 2011 07:54 PM

                            Sounds like you're all set. With seven people, you can order both the galbi jim and godeungeo jorim without fear of overdoing it. Enjoy!

                  2. re: Peripatetic
                    Clyde Dec 14, 2011 11:31 AM

                    that mackerel sounds great! may i ask the cost? wondering if it's worth it to go over lunch, but if it's like $20 then i may pass and wait for dinner.

                    1. re: Clyde
                      Peripatetic Dec 14, 2011 12:01 PM

                      If I remember correctly, the braised mackerel is around $16, and the grilled mackerel is around $11.

                      1. re: Peripatetic
                        Clyde Dec 14, 2011 12:24 PM

                        that is very reasonable. can't wait to try it!!!

                    2. re: Peripatetic
                      Lau Jan 16, 2012 01:58 PM

                      hey Peripatetic - thanks for the rec, i ended up going to Seongbukdong, here's my review:

                    3. scottca075 Dec 15, 2011 08:16 PM

                      Have you tried places like the O B Bear, Seoul Soondae House Two and Dansungsa?

                      1. ellaystingray Dec 16, 2011 11:33 AM

                        There are obviously a lot of very knowledgable people on this board in regard to K-Town but I've got two more things to throw your way since you used to live here and clearly aren't a novice.

                        Honey Pig
                        Soowon Galbi

                        Both places have their quirks so fire up the interwebs and see if they sound fun but one thing is constant--the food is terriffic at both places.

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                        1. re: ellaystingray
                          Lau Dec 17, 2011 10:12 AM

                          never been to soowon although i know what it is

                          honey pig is awesome

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                          Butter Fight Jan 17, 2012 06:52 PM

                          I think that Mapo on 6th and Normandie doesn't get enough love around here.
                          The dough flake soup, the braised cod, the soon tofu, the pork and vegetables, I've never had a bad dish there.
                          Also, they have the freshest and tastiest panchan I've ever had.

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                          1. re: Butter Fight
                            Lau Jan 17, 2012 07:44 PM

                            mapo kkak doo gee? (there's a mapo kalbi that is a dak kalbi place, but based on where u said it is this must be the place)

                            1. re: Lau
                              Butter Fight Jan 18, 2012 06:47 PM

                              Yeah that's it.
                              sorry for any confusion. The only part of the sign I can read says "mapo restaurant," so I didn't really even know about the longer name

                              1. re: Butter Fight
                                Lau Jan 18, 2012 07:47 PM

                                yah there is another mapo called mapo galbi which serves dak kalbi (a spicy grilled chicken, which is delicious btw)

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                            Lau Jan 18, 2012 08:14 PM

                            btw i went to koo's ho tteok while I was up at seongbukdong:

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