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"Korean" Restaurant, a review -- long


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"Korean" Restaurant, a review -- long

Clevelander | Jun 11, 2004 10:26 AM

To go to this restaurant, you must break two rules. The first rule is to never go to a restaurant that is open 24 h. Any restaurant open 24 h may be in business because there's not too much competition at 3 am. The second rule is to avoid a restaurant with a generic-sounding name such as "Good food diner" or "Chinese take-out." If they haven't put an effort into a name, they may not have put a lot of effort into their business.

Well break both rules and try Korean Restaurant on Lawrence, a few blocks west of Western. This is what I got for under $10 -- beef bimbimbop served in a clay bowl with radish sprouts mushrooms carrots and rice, broth soup, scallion pancake served with a light sweet (wine?) sauce, and a number of small dishes including carmelized onions, marinated radish, spinach in peanut sauce, greens with sesame, spicy cucumber, a savory starch custard (taro?), and of course kim chee. It was all very fresh. The ambience is a bit odd-- they play western opera and there are a number of pastel prints on the walls. The service was extremely friendly and helpful.

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