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Odaesan Review

Ninja | Jun 2, 200401:58 PM

After trying for several weeks to check out this Korean sashimi place, my SO and I finally got around to it and went this past Saturday. The Lakers game was on so the place was only about 1/2 full, which surprised me given the write up a month ago in the LA Times.

After perusing the menu, we decided on the Odaesan grand tasting menu (paraphrasing here), which included sashimi, sushi, maki, sunomono, salad, tempura, mackerel, crispy salmon, and udon soup.

Knowing full well that often times Korean restaurants tend to offer way too much food for one person to consume, we were sure to not finish any particular dish so that we could at least sample all the courses.

We started off with about six panchan, which included sea squirt (an unusual dish I've only had previously in Korea), octopus salad, Japanese style picked daikon, among other things. The first course, fortunately, was the sashimi, one of the highlights of the meal. It included tuna, salmon, red snapper, and red clam. Then came sushi, which was of obviously lower quality fish than the sashimi. The tuna was not as fresh, although the uni was nice and buttery. Then came a dish of shrimp and octopus sunomono, which was crying for a bit more vinegar. Then came a dragon roll and spicy sashimi salad, which was the best dish of the evening.

We were really getting full by this time, but I managed to save enough room in my stomach to at least take one bite of the rest of the dishes which included 4 pieces of tempura (nice and crispy), braised mackerel with daikon (average), crispy salmon (under seasoned), and udon soup (clean flavor).

All in all, although I would never order the grand tasting menu again, I would definitely go back for the spicy sashimi salad (hwe dup bap), which was one of the best I've had in the city. I think it's between $12-$15 for a large bowl of it on the regular menu. The grand tasting menu cost $40pp.

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