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BLVD - Wilshire and Barrington - Report

Dan | Jan 31, 200606:43 PM

I passed this place for a few weeks (the old Ribs USA, below Asakuma and across from the old Foodies) but never went in. I posted on here but no one knew anything. So I tried it for lunch.

Ambience: Place is very nice. They put $$$ into it. Sleek interior. Plasma screens. Nice eating area and a stainless bar with high tables and chairs.

Menu: Korean themed although they have Caesar salad and serve bread with olive oil. Kind of strange but... Lunch had about 6 lunch specials at $14.95 which consisted of chicken, shrimp, or beef skewers, rice, salad, and a sauce. (Highly recommend the white enoke mushroom sauce!). Also have a few other salads, spring rolls, shrimp on sugar cane, and a few other dishes. NOt a huge menue.

Food: Food was very good. Caesar was just 'okay'. Portion was huge, esp. for $5.95. But it lacked zing or flavor. Dressing was decent. Probably needed more anchovy, garlic, and tang to it.

Skewers were very good, though. Shrimp was crisp and fresh, and decent size in the shell. Chicken was all white meat and cooked perfectly. Tried a few sauces too. Didn't care for the sweet wasabi. Loved the enoke mushroom sauce. Spicy peppper was pretty good. Portions were large. Rice was also tasty and especially good with the sauce mixed through.

Bread was different. one roll had nuts or something in it and was served warm.

Service was friendly although it had a few hitches.

Unfortunately, the place was completely empty. I dont' know how it does for dinner but it won't last long with no one eating lunch there and 5+ help standing around. The outside signage doesn't help. From the drab white exterior you'd never know how nice it was inside and what type of food they have.

Certainly worth a try for lunch in you work or live in the area. They also had a nice looking wine list and plenty of mixed drinks, mojitos, etc.

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