Went last night. Very small storefront located in a random plaza in East Hollywood, near Thai Town - a communal table for eight, a small counter against the wall for four, and a bar counter for another four. You place your order at the bar, and they bring the food to you. There are only two of them cooking/serving, but it wasn’t busy at all, and they said that it has been manageable despite a brief recent writeup by the Times recent.
People have asked me how I would describe the food there, and it’s really hard to pinpoint. The names of the dishes and the ingredients used are mostly Korean, but the food isn’t so easily categorized. I was telling people it’s more…Korean/Nordic, while my dining companion called it “Asian SQIRL” (the minimalist homey decor/furnishings kind of adds to this comparison). Really, it’s Korean-influenced, and has those flavor profiles, but the finished product is rather subtle, even with many flavors and textures playing off each other. Also, they do a lot of pickling/fermenting, with a wall of pickled goods on display, as well as make their own kombucha.
Overall, dinner was enjoyable, and it was very interesting - don’t think there’s anything like it in LA. Might be a little too…restrained for me, but I’m intrigued to see how this will progress.
5706 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90038