In the Chinatown neighborhood for food shopping and stopped by LiHua for lunch. Korean with a specialty in soondubu chigae and bibimbap. Sadly, I was their only patron on this Saturday afternoon and I don't quite understand why.
Their lunchboxes are an incredible deal, about 8 choices for $8. I had the Bulgogi lunch box which included a generous portion of bulgogi (marinated rib eye), a couple slices of seafood pajun (pancake), japchae (sauteed rice noodles), rice and salad all prettily presented in a portioned lunchbox. Also served were 3 banchan.
I could probably nitpick that the bulgogi was a little too sweet for my taste and that the kimchi wasn't very good, but whoa, this was a very big, very tasty lunch for a very cheap price.
The room is attractive, service was fine (well, I was the only customer), so why doesn't this place get more business?
I guess the location, which has so many cheap options in the neighborhood including banh mi shops (Yeah, I got a Saigon banh mi to go for my dinner) and cheap Chinese restaurants that a nice place like LiHua might have a hard time. All I can say is that I wish a place like this was open when I worked in the neighborhood; I would have eaten here EVERYDAY! (In midtown, you can only get a lousy stinky deli sandwich for $8.)