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Hae Woon Dae and Taste of Heaven

Al | Jan 19, 2003 12:10 PM

Taking Gary's advice and Paul Tyksins confirming posts, my family went to Hae Woon Dae for dinner. We had a private tatami room which was very nice. Since we had never eaten Korean food before we tried asking our very nice waitress for some advice. While she was helpful, and made a great effort, there was still a communication problem due to our language barrier.

We ordered kalbi, bulgogi, and BBQ chicken and pork to grill. I also wanted a noodle dish for us to share. There seemed to be only one non-soup noodle dish, which the waitress highly recommended, but which didn't have a description on the menu. Noodles stirfried with chicken and vegetables. I made a huge error in not asking what kind of noodles they were, but this was at the end of asking many questions, so I wanted to wrap up our ordering. The noodles turned out to be cellophane noodles, which none of care for, but the portion was huge.

While we enjoyed all of the meats, the kalbi and the chicken were preferred. The scallion pancake was very good. We also received 'soybean' soup and panchan. We liked some of the small dishes better than others, and the only one we didn't care for was the jellied seaweed. My wife's favorite was the kimchee and mine the green onion in a sesame dressing.

It was a very enjoyable meal and evening. Our daugthers really got a kick out of the tatami room, with it's low table.

The only concern was the lack of running water in the womens restroom sink and the mens room sink also non-functioning due to it being backed up to an ounce of overflowing.

We went stopped at a Taste of Heaven on Foster afterwards for some after dinner sweets. We bought a bunch of things to share. A pumpkin crumble, a chocolate sandwich cookie (with a marshmallow buttercream filling), and a bunch of cookies. It was all just ok. I was a little disappointed in the selection, mostly layer cakes or poundcakesn, no pastries. Bittersweet dosen't have anything to worry about. The after dinner pastries I had at Meinl's after the El Llano dinner were much better. It was hard to choose there because everything looked great.

Cheers,
Al

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