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Casserole House (Korean, Oakland)


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Casserole House (Korean, Oakland)

Robert Lauriston | May 5, 2008 09:21 AM

New place where Korean Kitchen used to be, down the block from Sahn Maru. Space has been nicely redecorated, better lighting than most Korean places.

House specialty is “casseroles” (jungol / jeongol / chon’gol), meat, seafood, and/or vegetables stewed in water or broth (like Japanese yosenabe or sukiyaki) in portions for two or more cooked at the table in electric skillets, which the health-conscious owner said was made of surgical steel ("no poison"). The skillets are large so prices are listed as for two people. The kitchen tends to undersalt things, but there's a salt cellar at the table to adjust.

Went for a late lunch yesterday with a friend. Panchan of 9-10 dishes, standouts were a leek salad with sesame dressing and a hot, crisp vegetable pancake (needed salt). I wasn't crazy about the kimchi, which had an unusual floral quality.

We ordered a casserole ($30) with beef (bulgogi), spicy octopus, and dumplings (mandu). After we adjusted it with hot pepper paste (which we had to ask for) and salt it was delicious. We stuffed ourselves and had a fair amount left over.

Service was a little scattered but they only opened May 1. No formal hours posted yet but the owner said she'll be open until 11 or midnight daily. Liquor license due from Sacramento any day.

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