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Da Rae Oak

lil mikey | Jul 5, 200410:51 PM

Thank you for the recommendation Stan ! ! !

Went for dinner July 5. It goes without saying that Asian places are solid bets on holidays.

As Stan said, the staff is warm and charming. What’s also to be noted is that it’s remarkably clean. The tables, booths and floor are new-looking, and the barbecue fans on the ceiling are spotless.

Three letters: Cod. Try it. It’s the “Chef’s Special” on the menu. It’s the best I’ve had in a restaurant.

I’ve been served this dish many times with a smallish piece of fish in a lot of broth; and I always end up with a lot of bones in my mouth. Unfortunately, I don’t like bones. So I’ve been hesitant to order it. But since it was the “Chef’s Special,” I decided to take a chance.

They use a large enough fish and present it in such a way for you to actually see the backbone and take out the small bones altogether in one quick action. So I got to enjoy the fish and the wonderful broth. I didn’t have to think too much about whether I should bite down or swirl it on my tongue feeling for bones.

But on to the flavor… The fish was characteristically moist and tender. The great part was that I could actually bite into it and enjoy large pieces. The sauce was sweet, but not too sweet. It had a balance of salt to the sweet which made me want to dig into another bite right after I finished the last one.

In the same dish was served some kind of root vegetable which seemed boiled or steamed and saturated with the same tasty broth.

It’s served with rice and all the usual banchan. As a side note, the banchan here, while typical in the *number* of small dishes, was noticeably different from all my usual haunts. The kimchee tasted the same, but most of the other stuff was new. All good, just different.

Da Rae Oak
1106 South Western (South of Olympic)
(323) 733-2474

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