all right, long-time reader, but first time poster. hopefully it will be helpful to some people. sorry in advance if it's hard to read or too long!
last night, me, my g/f and her family went to eat at Tofu-Ya on Sawtelle. We all live a couple of blocks from there, but haven't gone there, so we were pretty excited about finally trying out a Korean place on the westside.
We all ordered soon tofu, along with 2 orders of Galbi. When it was delivered, we all dived in.
Overall, amongst the 7 of us, it wasn't a bad meal at all.
Their side dishes were tasty, although I was hoping for more than 4... =)
The soon tofu was pretty good. A majority of us got the combination, so there were bits of meat and seafood in each one. But you have to be careful about the spiciness. Having gone to K-Town a few times, some of us meekly ordered "Medium" or "Spicy." Man, seemed to have been just water added, because none of us could taste the spiciness in the tofu. But it had a rich taste to it, full of spices and full of red colorfulness!
The galbi wasn't bad...but it didn't seem to have that grilled taste that other places in k-town seem to have. Perhaps an obvious sign was that the onions underneath the meat tasted quite raw, disappointing us, who were hoping for a taste of delicious slightly grilled onions?
While the food was pretty satisfying, the service there seemed to be rather...strange. First, when they gave us rice, they never came to scoop out the rice for us. They just gave us a spoon and...left. And at the end of our meal, they never poured hot water into our stone pots, so that we would have the standard crispy rice & water/nurungji. They just gave us the check...and waited for us to pay.
The food's not bad at all, but the service left a weird experience with me. i'm hoping that it was just a fluke, because i'd love to give the place another chance!