May 14, 2009
WOW this is the most difficult place to find, online and in real life. I happened to run across this restaurant while I was shopping at S 1 Mart and noticed there was a Korean restaurant attached to the side of this warehouse looking market. My first impression was that this restaurant was such a cute and Korean-like place with all of the booths made of wood and a karaoke system ready for the night shifts. The food is actually pretty good, I've been to this place twice. If the location wasn't so awkward and hidden I might come here often to eat. The employees here are all somehow related so it brings in a more homey environment when you are eating, pretty much like you are those extra actors in a Korean drama or movie just eating, minding your own business.
Bibimbap is one of my favorite laziest meal ever! I make it at home when I just give up on trying to do anything and pile everything in a bowl some pepper paste, sesame oil and mix it up with my long Korean spoon haha! I love Dolsot Bibimbap (the one in the black bowl) because the rice gets crispy due to how hot the stone bowl is. I also had galbi here some other time and it was very yummy but when is galbi not good?! If so you must be doing something terribly wrong! I also love all their banchan (side dishes served with any Korean meal). There isn't a lot compared to the Korean restaurant down the road Rice but they are very good. One of my favorite side dish from Han Ga Jok would be seasoned sesame leaves. It was the first time I've had it there and I keep thinking of it!!
If you can find it, it is worth the visit because it is such a unique little restaurant.
Pine Tree Karaoke Cafe
7030 W Hillsborough Ave