I headed to Kunjip over the weekend after drinking across the street at IchiUmi’s lounge. I love eating Korean food because there’s always so much variety and the restaurants are always open 24/7. I’ve never been to Kunjip because I usually stay closer to Broadway (my favorites include Seoul Garden and Gahm Ni Oak), but my friend wanted to eat at Kunjip so I followed him. We ordered and a server brought along lots of banchan:
The fish cakes on the lower left hand side are usually my favorites but the ones at Kunjip were very oily and flavorless. Their kimchi also lacked any bite but their radishes and cucumbers were really delicious. I find that I’m always a fan of half of the banchan at Korean places but when I like one of them, I always order more than one plate.
For our late night dinner, we ordered the bibimbap:
The soondubu jigae:
And the kimchi pajeon:
The soondubu jigae was my favorite out of all of them, which was a little surprising because I was really in the mood for rice, but the bibimbap and the pajeon were really flavorless. I wasn’t expecting the pajeon to be really great because the kimchi was really plain but the kimchi used in the pajeon was actually spicier than the kimchi they served when we arrived. The soondubu jigae had lots of tender tofu and bits of shrimp and clams.
I think I’ll stick to my favorites in Koreatown – Kunjip wasn’t terrible but it definitely didn’t hit the spot and I left a little unsatisfied.