Aside from a impromptu/mediocre walnut burger from Amanda’s when I didnt have a camera, I haven’t eaten out since the last time I posted about a restaurant. Nor turned on my stove, so I was real excited to come here with my parents for a feast of massive proportions. Verdict: success!
The meal started and ended on dreary notes but the magic was in the middle. Like…a cream puff. I liked this better though.
The price is on the higher side but that usually means they make up for it in the assortment of pickled/cold appetizers/side dishes they give you. Obviously as this never-ending legion of plates suggests, they win the contest. Each one was colorful and unique, perfect for those who like to try a bite of everything. Each one is prepared with so much care. My favorites were the eggplant, green beans, tofu (top center, left to right) and the egg omlette (bottom right) I’m sure all your nutritional bases are covered here. If it was acceptable to come here and order a single bowl of rice and get the banchan, I’d do it every day. Speaking of which, the sticky brown (purple) rice which came with each of these orders was delicious, and packed with various beans and grains.
It’s hard to mess up bibimbap. I slather on the spicy sweet hot sauce and add kim chee and any other pickles, because it’s usually light in flavor. Seasoned or pickled cucumber, daikon, cabbage, and carrots were shredded perfectly and circle the bowl. The appearance is probably half the reason I always get this dish. I loved the three different types of exotic mushrooms and the runny egg’s also a welcome addition of richness. Bibimbap in a hot stone bowl is always the better choice, because you get a delicious crunchy layer of rice at the bottom. I always think the regular will be just as good, but it lacks that extra flavor and texture. But it was a bit warm for a hot bowl today.
My dad told me to order for him so being the giving daughter that I am, I chose the one I always want to get but can never finish. Other than the amazingly seasoned, chewy rice cakes, this had a great variety of vegetables and beef. I like it with spicy sauce, and it also usually comes with hard-boiled eggs, but this was a completely different version which was perfect for my dad who doesn’t like heat. Rice cake for him is like avocado for me so I chose him a winner.
My mom always gets this soup, and always without chili (lame) so I’ve stopped getting it in order to branch out. This was mind-blowingly flavorful though, even without chili. Tons of seafood and the broth was briny, with layers of flavor that evolved as you ate. I didn’t mean to make this soup sound like a mood ring, it was just so impressive. I would actually get this next time over everything else. I love Sura’s tofu – strong enough to stay in perfect cubes but melts in your mouth and so fresh it was probably made that day.
Next time I come here, it’s all about the tofu soup and the savory korean pancake, which we couldn’t fit in this time. One of the best meals I’ve ever had.