Sunday, April 25, 2010


I've been eyeing this restaurant for months since I found out that Kogi's chef, Roy Choi, was opening a restaurant he described as Yoshinoya 5.0. He took over this location in a small strip mall on Overland and I begrudgingly waited a few weeks to make sure they'd worked out the kinks before heading in.

Last week I made it to this new spot and I was not disappointed! I expected a long line but when we arrived around 6 there were only a few people in front of us. It's not a place to sit and visit, though. We left promptly to fee up our table as there is only seating for about 30 people in there.

We ordered at the counter and headed back towards the kitchen to help ourselves to drinks from the cooler. When you order you receive a number and food is delivered to your table. We tried the 3PM Meatballs, fries, Prime Rib Rice Bowl and Pork Belly Rice Bowl.

The meatballs were very flavorful, with sesame and green onion, served over a polenta cake. The fries were out of control, topped with lots of cheese and a spicy sour cream. They were messy and delicious. My bowl combined chili-rubbed prime rib, with fried egg, water spinach, creamed horseradish and fried shallots. It wasn't too spicy for me but this place has a reputation for lots of spice. The flavors were great with 4-5 strips of prime rib. The pork belly bowl took the cake, though. My friend ordered it on the mild side but it was bursting with flavor from a 12 time glaze.

The food is heavy, for sure, and would be a great hangover cure. They have no wine/beer but the Korean and Mexican specialties will give you plenty of unique options to accompany one of Chef Choi's delicious concoctions.

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