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heungbune- korean @ geary/fillmore


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heungbune- korean @ geary/fillmore

augustiner | Nov 27, 2007 08:49 AM

i stopped by this newish korean restaurant, just opposite the fillmore theater for lunch yesterday. i believe this space was occupied by a thai restaurant before. i got a daeji bulgogi (spicy pork) lunch special to go. while waiting, i smelled and saw a lot of soups being consumed. there were little jars of coarse ground pepper and sea salt on each table, probably for doctoring the flavor of mild soups, like sollongtang. i noticed that each table got a small plate of fresh, raw greens with a dollop of chili sauce. they looked like chrysanthemum greens, but i'm not entirely sure. i thought this was an interesting touch.

my food took quite a while to make, and one of the waitresses noticed my restlessness, and said there would be extra food. she was obviously just joking, because when i opened up my to-go box, i found an enormous mound of rice and what i felt was a pretty skimpy portion of pork. the pork itself was quite fatty, each slice coated thickly in the gochujang marinade and sauce. the sauce was so thick that i couldn't really identify if the pork was pork belly or pork butt or shoulder. probably the latter. it tasted fine, and thankfully wasn't overly sweet.

it came with standard kimchi, and three other panchan: soybrean sprouts, spicy cucumber slices, and boiled dressed greens. i figured spinach until i ate a bite. it may have been korean watercress, i'm not entirely sure. since this was a to go lunch special, i have no idea how much panchan you would normally get here.

so for $6.5, not bad if you eat a LOT of rice. though their english signage says "korean BBQ," none of the tables were outfitted for grilling. as i said, i smelled a lot of soups, so that may be their strength. i'll find out next time. they're open quite late, until midnight on weeknights and 2AM on weekends, so they probably cater to the late night drunk, hungry korean clubbers.

i'd go back, but i doubt that this place will yield any real gems. has anyone else tried it out?

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