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14 N. La Cienega Blvd. (Wilshire Blvd.) Send to Phone

Lunch Mon.-Sat., Dinner nightly

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: City dwellers from New York to Hong Kong would easily feel at home in this little temple of gastronomy, exuding urban cool from the stark, maple wood tables and benches to the Zen cocktail list featuring specialties like illumination and soul. The menu hones in on Korean culinary trends, making the most of the interplay between salt, sweet and sour. Standouts include the sashimi salad, kimchi crab cakes and the Arctic Char. Desserts play with flavors, like sweet potato bread pudding with five-spice cream and banana spring rolls, which seem to walk a line between Asia and South America (not surprising since the brother and sister owners, fashion designers Jun and Soyon Kim, were raised in Brazil.) At lunchtime, the lunch box, essentially a Korean version of a bento, offers great value for the money, although flavors lack the complexity of some of the restaurant’s signature dishes.
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