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This NDG Korean place specializing in fried chicken - but with a ton of other specialties on the menu - deserves its own thread.
Restaurant Coréen Mon Ami landed on Somerled at the corner of Madison late last year. The spot had previously occupied a rotating collection of mediocre to bad pan-Asian or Italian restaurants for over a decade, but I predict this one is going to stick around a while.
The place is packed - mostly with Koreans, always a good sign. The first time we tried to go without a reservation we were apologetically turned away, so we made a reservation for last night.
The waiter was super friendly and since we were obviously not Korean he gently asked if we'd had Korean food before, and explained that the salad and daikon pickles came with the fried chicken as a counterpoint to the chicken.
We got a full soy sauce and garlic chicken which came split into about 10 pieces. (We could finish only two-thirds of it and took the rest home.) Our chicken was juicy, the skin perfectly crunchy, and the sauce just right, not too thin and not too thick.
Some chicken varieties come in half portions, some are offered in boneless varieties; sauces include sweet-and-spicy, green onion, and a super-spicy cheesy sauce that nearly blew a friend's head off one time when he accidentally inhaled a chili pepper.
We also ordered the "cheesy corn" - while delicious, it felt more like a Southern US side dish. It was very good though, and I'd get it again - creamy and hearty.
The menu also includes Korean faves like bimimbap, beef bulgogi, and sushi, along with less common specialties, like fried chicken gizzards, jokbal (pigs' feet), and golbaengi somyeo (spicy freshwater snails with thin noodles).
I think this place is destined to be a keeper. Their only problem seems to be handling the crowds, so be sure to make a reservation before heading out. They also do takeout, but they warned us that it can take a while, so call well in advance.
Restaurant Mon Ami
6290 Somerled Avenue
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