My partner and I went to Temple after reading Asimov's rave last week, and we were sorely disappointed. To start, upon entering the tiny space, the air was stiflingly warm and reeked of fish: I almost thought I couldn't stay, the odor was so thick. We sat at one of the very small tables for two and received what turned out to be the highlight of the meal: the panchan, especially the radish kimchi, which was cold, crisp, fiery and sweet all at once. We ordered the bulgogi duk bokki, which combines two of my usually favorite dishes, only it was served in this cloyingly sweet sauce unlike any I have ever had on duk bokki, closer I guess to the seasoning of bulgogi, but anyway not a taste that made me want to eat beyond a few bites. Then my partner got the pork bulgogi, and I got - at the waitress' recommendation - a sort of eel bibimbap, or hot stone rice bowl with Japanese-style eel on top. Her bulgogi had a sauce that was incredibly granular, as though they had cooked it incorrectly and it had separated, and my eel dish was a one-note song: way too sweet with nearly indistinguishable flavors or textures.
Finally, the service was polite but not particularly responsive, and it took almost 20 minutes for our entrees to arrive.
We had so been looking forward to this, but thankfully, we have been having such superb meals and service at Mandoo Bar on University and 13th that we now don't feel compelled to travel further. I'm guessing we won't go back unless someone wants to convince me that we were just there on an off night. Any takers?
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