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Boo Cho--a new Korean in S.D.

e.d. | Mar 17, 200209:50 AM

I finally made it to Boo Cho, the new Korean place on Engineer, a block east of Convoy. While the restaurant is off the beaten path, they do have a nice inside space, not as kitchy at Korea House, nor as industrial as Seoul Barbecue. Each table is set up for barbecuing. The menu is not as extensive as either Korea House or Seoul Barbecue, and the lunch specials, while using both sides of a single sheet, are not at especially special prices. In fact, I don't remember seeing anything under about 6 dollars and the raw beef dolsot bibimbap I ordered was $8.50. The five ban chan were varied and of excellent quality--I particularly liked the dried tofu and also the cucumber slices with the little crunchy squares of something in the light brown sweet sauce with sliced jalapenos (Korean afficianados will know sortof what I'm talking about, other folks won't care--I hope). The main dish was well prepared and tasty, though I had to ask for extra hot sauce for it. The shredded raw beef cooked as I stirred it and the veggies and raw egg together in the hot stone pot.
Unfortunately, I was there by myself, so I can't say much more, but the lunch specials did include at least two fish dishes, and the food was certainly good enough for a return visit. In fact, I was surprised to see 4 or 5 tables full of customers (all, I think, Koreans) by the time I left, considering that when I ate at this location's previous Korean restaurant, I usually ate in an otherwise empty place. But at their prices, I don't see how this place will replace Seoul Barbecue or Do Re Mi as a regular lunch spot. I would love to get a report on the place from any other 'hounds who've tried it.

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