A few of us went to Namu last night. I've been there in the past, and have generally liked the food (with the exception of their Korean fried chicken, which I found almost inedible).
Around the table, we ordered a couple burgers, a couple bowls of ramen, some of their mushroom dumplings, a stone pot (bibimbap-like) dish, some brussel sprouts, and a couple desserts.
The burger was liked all around the table. I've had it before, and really enjoyed it (cooked a good bit past my requested doneness, but still very good).
We were excited about the ramen - the menu states only 6 bowls available a night, and we snagged the last 2. In previous trips there, I've always been too late to get a bowl. All in all, it was probably one of the least successful ramen bowls I've had in recent memory. They were out of pork belly, so they substituted with tonkatsu, which was fine. There was a panko-crusted fried egg on top, which was very good. Nothing else in the bowl worked for me. The broth was a bit flat, boring. There were some pickled green beans, which clashed with everything. The kimchee didn't seem to belong. All in all, a pretty disappointing bowl. Anybody else have any reports on it? Not sure if things were just "off" last night . . .
Everything else we had was very good. I'd definitely go back, if just for the burger and appetizers.
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