Tonight, a Korean friend took me to Hite, a pub in Koreatown (I believe it has a different name in Korean, since Hite is a brand of Korean beer, but Hite is the only word in Western script, both on the outside signage and on the business cards).
The place was jam-packed with Koreans of all ages (there was only one other Caucasian in the whole place, other than myself). The decor is very kitschy (but in a fun way, although I don't believe it was meant to be ironic). Sort of a Korean fantasy of a British pub.
I ordered spicy fish cake soup with seafood- $15.99 (the fish cake soup with only fish cake and no seafood is $13.99). It came in a huge cast iron pot and was enough for 2 people, if not 3. It was also quite good. Sort of like a Korean bouillabaisse - a nice spicy broth, fresh herbs, lots of shellfish, pieces of fish cake, rice cake and slices of chili floating in the broth. The only thing that was a bit off putting was that instead of actual soup bowls, you had to ladle the soup into styrofoam bowls. I didn't quite get that, since the other dishes cames with actual plates, albeit we are not talking fine china here.
My dining companion had stir-fried pork (again a huge dish enough for 2) with kimchee and said it was good. Lots of pork dishes on the menu. Also squid, eel and octopus.
Lots of people were eating fried chicken, which looked delicious. Even though for some reason it is not on the menu (it wasn't on the English menu and my friend did not find it on the Korean menu either), they serve udon, ramen and one other kind of noodle dish.
The place had a nice energy. For those who hate smoke, however, you don't want to eat on the enclosed patio on the side because everyone eating out there was smoking.
The place seems like it would be a fun place to come with a lot of friends to drink (pitchers of beer everywhere), and share dishes. I'm not sure if they take reservations. We ate at the bar because there were no tables open.
3839 Wilshire Blvd. (in minimall, on North side of street, between Wilton and Western, right near the Wiltern)
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