A new place has opened near where I work. I’m glad it’s not another overpriced burger/sandwich type of place. SHIN is a Korean BBQ restaurant with the inevitable “Hollywood ambiance” due to its locations. The Asian-inspired interior was a dramatic contrast from the minimal exterior. I like the brightness and openness of the space. The tables along the walls have BBQ stoves and there’re nice patio seatings outside. There’s also a DJ table in the room which I assume plays loud music at night for the “scene” crowd.
But for lunch it’s a quiet place. Everything cost under $10 on their small lunch menu. This entry shows two different visits.
Banchan. Strange that they didn’t give us these side dishes the first time I went. The kimchi and the tofu were good.
Marinated spencer steak (bulgolgi). Tasty! The thinly sliced meat was very flavorful and tender.
Rice Medley – assorted vegetables sauteed and seasoned topped with a fried egg. Not sure what’s the Korean name for this dish is, but I love this dish very much, it’s got everything: rice, vegetables, shitake mushrooms, bulgogi, masago and fried egg (which usually makes everything taste better).
Shin’s Famous ribs (galbi) – black angus ribs cross-cut marinated in SHIN’s secret sauce. The meat was very tender and I Iove the sauce. The portion was generous too.
I’m impressed with the food overall. The meat quality was great and the flavors were more delicate than a lot of places in K-town. I probably would have never check out this place if it weren’t within the walking radius from where I work since I’m skeptical about Asian restaurants that are located in “trendy” neighbourhoods. I’m glad I did and it’s definitely a nice addition to the area for lunch. However dinner is a different animal. I’m not sure how much more expensive dinner is compare to lunch, but I heard it’s not “cheap” for sure. If you’re going there for dinner please keep that in mind, it is aims for the “scene” type of crowd afterall.
1600 Wilcox Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90008