So i read about persimmon and my gf and i decided to go and try it out. Its a new korean restaurant on 10th st bet 1st and A. It's an interesting concept as its a 4 course pre-fixe meal w/ some traditional korean dishes. Conceptually i really wanted to like it
The place itself is kind of a long room with one large communal table and the kitchen is in the back and open to see. The service was horrible, the server was very nice and trying her best and they gave us 2 free dishes (they were giving everyone dishes on the house), but it was seriously like some Gordon Ramsey Nightmare Kitchens type stuff. 3 different times they gave us the food for the people next to us, I constantly had to ask for re-fills of tea and it literally took them 30 mins and 3 times of me asking to get the check. I think part of the problem is some of the chefs come out and give the dishes, so the logistics are all messed up. Also its sort of expensive as it was $40 / person, which was extremely expensive for korean food that isnt grade A type food.
Now, on to the important part the food, overall I thought it was ok, but nothing special, they had some hits and some misses and I also think some of the food was definitely played down for american / western tastes:
- acorn cake salad (given to us for free): tasted like the typical brown gelatinous cake in a soy sauce with chilis and scallions that you get as panchan at alot of korean restaurants, but it tasted a bit fresher and less gelatinous. It's pretty good, but nothing amazing
- fluke sashimi: this was ok, the fluke was fresh and the sauce was a gochujang (korean chili paste) sauce, but i guess we were disappointed as we were expecting this to be like the normal dish where they give u a gochujang and vinegar sauce on the side and this wasn't nearly as good as that
- grilled bass: way too salty, it was served with tofu and the fish was cooked correctly as the skin was nice and crispy and the fish was tender, but the sauce was way overly salty and my gf took one bite and threw in the towel on it
- bo ssam (pork belly): this was excellent, best dish of the night, the pork belly was really nice and tender, the pickled radish slices were delicious and it tasted great with the cabbage. back to the service they forgot to give us the tenjang sauce (every other table had it with the bo ssam)
- yook hwe (steak tartar): this was pretty good, its steak tartar with a quail egg on top and its served on a bed of sliced korean pears and cumcumbers in a sort of vinagrette, it came together pretty well...probably the second best dish of the night
- bulgogi (given to us for free): overcooked and fairly flavorless
- kalbi jjim (short rib stew): the meat in this was excellent and had the fall apart type of tenderness that kalbi jjim should have, the broth was very weak and kind of flavorless the opposite of what kalbi jjim broth should taste like. Also, it really should not even be broth rather it should be much thicker more like a liquidy marinade and b/c it was basically broth it ended up being kind of like a sweet kalbi tang
- kimchi chigae (kimchi stew): this was pretty good, just a standard well made kimchi chigae
they gave us some panchan on the side, none of which were anything special (i could buy the same at han ah reum). the kimchi was sort of disappointing as the place is billed as some type of kimchi specialist as they make their own, it had the right texture and fermentation, but it was way underspiced (part of my overly my westernized comment earlier). I'd take the kimchi at gam me oak any day of the week
all in they definitely have some serious service issues to get through and i think the food has potential but needs to be re-jiggered around as its just decent not something id go out of my way for
pics to come soon...