I'll be in LA for a long weekend soon and am looking for a place for four of us to have Korean food that's better/different from the many run-of-the-mill Korean BBQ places in Chicago (although this guy thinks a Chicago Korean restaurant is the best restaurant in the world: http://www.chicagogluttons.com/the-gr...)
The LA restaurant doesn't have to be a BBQ place and cost isn't a factor. It shouldn't be more than a 30-minute drive from Century City (Saturday evening traffic). We'd like plentiful banchan (not just 3-4 choices) but otherwise aren't wedded to any particular dishes.
What I'm hoping may be available in LA - - higher quality or fresher ingredients than I get in Chicago, a focus on fresh seafood (absent in Chicago), or food that you won't find on the average BBQ menu. The restaurant can be a hole-in-the-wall. (Things I eat often in Chicago: bossam, variety of BBQ items, yuk hwe, kimchi jiigae, dolsot bibimbop, casseroles, etc.)
I've read several Korean food threads here, and the discussion seems to focus on going to particular restaurants for particular dishes. As a visitor, I don't have the luxury of trying several and I'm having trouble selecting just one.
So, if you could pick one Korean spot that really shines to take out-of-town guests, where would it be?
And, if you've been to Korean restaurants in Chicago and think that I shouldn't bother in LA (should focus on other cuisines), please let me know. Our trip will also likely include: TBD sushi, Jitlada, Langer's, Father's Office, Fukagawa, and some dim sum and/or XLB spots.
Thanks in advance!
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