Sudam Korean Cuisine, Los Altos
Sudam opened in the same space that Spicy Leaves had in the Village Court mall in Los Altos, on the southwest corner of El Camino and San Antonio. They've done a very nice renovation to make the formerly dreary space much more welcoming.
My Korean food experience is limited, but what we had here was promising. The kimchee jigae was a bit less spicy than what I've had elsewhere, but still had good flavor. The vegetable soon doo boo may have been the best I've had. Surprisingly, ordering it medium brought something hotter than my kimchee jigae, and perhaps a touch hotter than my wife would have preferred. Yet she had no problem finishing the whole bowl. They brag about their organic tofu on the menu and web site, and the tofu in both these dishes was indeed delightful. They also claim no MSG and our tasting supported that. Both dishes went great with the Korean OB beer.
I don't know if this is worth going out of your way for if you're near Santa Clara. But for those of us for whom Santa Clara is not so convenient, it's great to have tasty Korean food nearby. We'll be back to explore more of the menu.
I ate there a few weeks ago, for the first time. My reaction is about the same - not bad! - the little dishes are decent, the atmosphere is OK. The Tofu House up in just over the border in PA might have slightly better food, but the atmosphere there is terrible - much better at Sudam.
I got a lunch special, and for $12 I got well and fully stuffed. I agree, worth stop, probably not worth a trip.