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Outstanding Meal at Koreana


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Outstanding Meal at Koreana

C. Simon | Jun 5, 2003 04:38 PM

First, a disclosure. I am a relative novice when it comes to Korean food. I have eaten it several times in the past, and almost always enjoy it, but I do have a lot to learn.

Now, the review.

All three dishes at Koreana were so impressive that we had a difficult time choosing our favorite. A good problem to have.

My favorite may have been the charcoal grilled short rib. The depth of flavor was extraordinary. My novice status with Korean food deprives me of the vocabulary necessary to describe it properly. How bout this?: excellent.

Also very good was the octopus, which was served with a bright red sauce that looked much angrier than it turned out to be. It had a nice steady heat to it, but nothing extreme. Diners seeking food that is hotter than hell may be disappointed. The rest of us will delight in the subtle spicing of the sweet sauce and the seared octopus, which had the perfect tenderness to it.

Our seafood scallion pancake was also great. If I were picky, I would say it could have used a tiny bit more seafood. In this case, the seafood seemed to be shrimp, squid, and octopus, but it was difficult to tell because the pieces and amount were so small. Nonetheless, this wasn't about the seafood anyway. The seafood was the supporting cast. The starring role was the toothsome scallion pancake, so full of flavor that it barely needed any assistance from the delicious chili-soy sauce that comes on the side for dipping.

Prices were a bit higher than I expected, but the food was so good that it was worth it. Entrees were generally around $15. Some higher, some lower.

An excellent meal. I look forward to returning.

By the way, we were tempted by the several raw skate dishes on the menu. Anyone tried these?

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