had lunch today, saying goodbye to a friend who thankfully introduced me to a very good korean restaurant in central square before she left. name of the place is Korea Garden Restaurant, 20 pearl st, central sq. (near red line). I have limited experience ordering korean food, so i left the ordering up to my friend--and i was really pleased with the results. we started with some delicious pan-fried dumplings (i think they called them raviolis), and a dish i was unfamiliar with-it involved cylindrical chewy rice cakes in a spicy sauce with mixed vegatables. I had the jap chae with beef, and my friend had their bi bim bap with veggies. it came with sides of tofu in soysauce, shredded pickled turnip and carrot, kimchee, and sprouts. We devoured the jap chae--it was fantastic. tofu was a bit bland, but the other sides were pretty good. I wasn't crazy about her veggie rice bowl, mostly because i prefer the meat variety, but there's definitely potential there. all in all, i think it warrants another visit, since this one was so promising. atmosphere is pretty homey, unassuming, seems like a family-run operation perhaps. reasonable prices, too. One note: I was told to skip the lunch buffet-my friend had it, and was pretty strongly against it.
Also, a Tibetan place called Rangzen is next door. anyone been there? i'm curious...