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Korean restaurant in the Rotex Hotel

Stan | Jul 15, 200405:03 PM

The Rotex Hotel (3411 W Olympic Blvd near Western, (323) 734-1001) is a hotel for Koreans visiting Los Angeles, and it has an upscale Korean restaurant in its lobby. They have stainless steel chopsticks and things like that. The most interesting thing on the menu is a number of 9- to 19-course lunches and dinners, none of which are translated into English. I wasn't quite that ambitious, though, so I got the spicy cod soup with vegetables. They brought out about eight panchan, which were curious. One, for example, was pumpkin soup. They all had good flavors, but they seemed tame, like they were going for some kind of refinement and not quite getting there. I can easily imagine others liking them. The soup, though, was good, not much different from the spicy cod soup at a number of other places in Koreatown, a couple more ingredients perhaps. In any case the prices are reasonable, and I'll probably go back the next time I want a 19-course untranslated Korean dinner. I did try to get them to translate some things, without much luck. At one point, for example, they tried mightily to translate some ingredient, finally typing it into a hand-held translation machine, which returned its taxonomic name in Latin. Not much use.

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