Thanks to RGR's suggestion, my 'Hound pal and I ate here last night. Terrific meal! You could probably make a meal just out of the little bowls they give you before the food arrives! The ambience was pretty utilitarian but fine. We couldn't order BBQ b/c there were only two of us and we wanted to try more things on the menu than just one dish. There's a sushi bar there too and we wondered why, well, I guess I can figure that out... Service was pretty perfunctory. But the tasty eats made up for it! The food came out extraordinarily fast, which was fine b/c we were so hungry, but did make you wonder just how they do it so quickly. I suppose a fair amount of it is pre-cooked and ready to just be flash-fried/heated/sauteed?
one little caveat: i've only eaten Korean a few times, once in Somerville, MA, once at Cho Dang Gol (which i thought was terrific), and at this weird Korean-Sushi place in Princeton, which is OK but pretty tame. But hey, i enjoyed Keum FWIW...
We ordered sauteed squid with vegetables. This came in a hot stone pot and this nicely crisped the rice on the bottom. That tasted awesome but was, IMO, a bit more oily than I'd prefer. However, the squid was tender and the sauce was flavorful and spicy. There were rather few veggies, just a smattering of peppers and onions, but there was a lot of squid, which is better than an overemphasis on veg.
Bibimbop: not the best i've had. pretty uninspired, but did have a nice assortment of veggies. The rice came on the side, which i'd not seen before. i wouldn't order this again here.
Tofu-seafood casserole. This was pretty spicy and hot to the tongue as well. Took forever to cool down, so we just had to eat some of it piping hot. I liked this, even though I'd been wary of the notion of tofu mixed with seafood in this way--the casserole presents the tofu in a pretty smooshed up fashion and I wondered how that would combine with the seafood. Luckily, there wasn't actual fish, rather a few mussels, some very small pieces of octopus, and a couple of shrimp. The octopus created an interesting juxtaposition of textures!
I really want to go back here to try the BBQ and maybe even have the squid again.
(RGR: you should check this spot out!)
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