Had dinner at Chego this past Saturday with two friends. Enjoyed it, but there were some notable shortcomings. First, the staff could not have been more friendly or eager to help, from the guy who took orders at the register to the server who not only brought dishes and cleared but repeatedly offered to refill water. First courses were good -- really liked the meatballs, which were crispy on the outside and loose within and served with a tasty, chunky topping, though a small order. Charred asparagus worked. Ordered "oooey-gooey" fries with the spiced sour cream on the side, and these retained their crisp through the large order -- very good. Surprise was the "$12" salad ($7) which came nicely dressed in a tart-sweet dressing and had lots of tasty accoutrements. Grilled romaine was a disappointment, no char on the leaves. Larger bowls were less successful -- the pork belly pieces were dry and chewy rather than fatty and succulent, the prime rib bowl with fried rice tasty but not as meaty as expected.
People seemed happy at the communal tables and they seemed to be doing a good takeout business as well. Just under $50 for three people to eat more than enough a good deal for interesting food. But the major problem was the music, which was loud pop and rap, played at way too high a volume for us to easily converse. A comment as we left received an acknowledgment but a response that management wanted it that way. Makes the two sidewalk tables outside the best in the house.
3300 Overland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90034
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