February 7, 2018: The place was bustling when we arrived for our 7:45pm reservations and was packed by 9:00pm. And why not? This is David Chang’s first outlet in Los Angeles. Those who are familiar with Chang know about his Momofuku restaurant empire that started in New York. A week since reservations opened, it‘s become as difficult to get a reservation as n/naka, and the place gets packed much earlier.
Everyone enjoyed the food here. Of the dishes we ordered, there really wasn’t a weak dish. The food was well seasoned and not overly salty. The service here was impeccable and friendly. There was no air of pretentiousness, and the servers and runners were just about at your beck and call.
Bings were pancakes served with protein you can use to make a wrap out of, and each of the selections we ordered were delicious, especially the Egg with Smoked Salmon Roe, and the Spicy Lamb.
Fried Butterball Potatoes are a must have. Savory potatoes tossed with salsa seca and peanuts that give you a nice symphony of textures in your mouth.
If anything our Whole Plate Short Rib was not completely well marinated. You could taste the marinate from half of the slices and not as much with the other half, meaning it was not marinated evenly.
In the end, food with tax and tip came out to be about $82 per person, which was a pleasant surprise to many considering how much food we got. We were more conservative with the portions sizes when sampling each dish, with the exception of the Whole Short Rib. I’d say be prepared to easily spend $100 here, not counting drinks.
Looking forward to returning, once my wallet recuperates.
NOTE: We were advised that only about 5 Whole Plate Short Ribs are smoked per night, so if you want to guarantee yourself one, call in at least 48 hours ahead of your reservation to reserve one.
Valet Parking in the lot across from the restaurant is $10.00. There is ample street parking, and despite how desolate the area appears at night, that seemed to be the choice for most diners.
Most recently, I had friends who dined here last week, and all they could say was that their dining experience was “amazing.” Guess in the weeks after my dinner, they must have worked out whatever little kinks they had. I am so looking forward to my 2nd dinner there… soon!