Mark (mhaithaca) wrote,
Mark
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Lunch

Todd just picked up his new Impreza this morning, and between my wanting to get a ride in the new wheels and the sudden urge for Korean food around lunchtime, he and I decided to head down to the new Korean and Japanese restaurant on the Commons. I'd been completely unaware of "Little Tokyo," which opened about three and a half weeks ago in the spot formerly holding Conkies and Colonial Cafe, among other ill-fated eateries.

This is a promising new restaurant, with five menu pages, offering Korean and Japanese lunch pages and Korean and Japanese dinner pages, plus a sushi page. The food was actually very good, though they badly need to work on better-organized service. I had the yakisoba lunch special, choosing chicken from among the beef, pork, shrimp, tofu, and veggies options; Todd had the bibim bap; and we split an eel roll.

It certainly wasn't a cheap meal; I'm reminded that the lunch specials at Miyake are really affordable by comparison, and I need to get back there soon. At least the special today included miso soup and salad, though the waitress had to be reminded to bring the salad. (Also, the sushi, which we'd asked for as an appetizer, came after our entrees, and she didn't bring the little dishes for soy sauce and wasabi until we'd asked twice.)

This space is long and narrow, which I think makes it especially hard for one waitress to handle the entire room. (There was also a guy in there who seemed to be a bus boy; she was handling all the orders and food.)

At least they're geared toward complete meals, such as the $8 lunch bento box, which includes miso soup, salad, and steamed rice, shrimp and vegetable tempura, california roll, gyoza, and either beef, chicken, pork, or salmon teriyaki, or a beef short rib.

They'll probably do fairly well at lunchtime, when downtown has a reasonable business crowd. I hope they manage to do OK for dinner, too, but that'll depend a lot on how they promote themselves.
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