the fact that even despite all the press and everything that our party was the only party in the whole restaurant tonight from 8pm on, worries me significantly - not sure how much longer they can stay open with so little business.
and honestly, i don't quite get it - the food here is unusual and delicious - yes, perhaps a tad more expensive, but nothing obscene.
yuk hoe/raw beef - as expected, delicious - loved the contrast of the raw mean with the pear/ginger/garlic
fermented soybean soup - can definitely taste the fermentation in this - very unusual
kimchi pancake - best i've had.
pork belly salad - i think this is a dish they made up - but nonetheless, nothing like generous pieces of pork belly mixed with raw vegetables tossed in gochujang
oxtail with dates and chestnuts - again, very unusual but delicous combination of flavos
bulgogi - perfectly fine, nothign special.
soondobu - not the best, very good.
mackerel - meh.
banchan wasn't as extensive as i'd heard (plus they charge for refills), but still very good.
the only other korean restuarants in the city that are in this league are toyose and yakiniq, in my opinion, and those are both totally differnet from what to hyang is doing.
i really hope we don't lose such a special restaurant, but go soon regardless.