Korean Feastin'

Seoul food

The second item is a stir-fry of kimchee with fatty pork and scallions. Here the kimchee, warm from the hot oil and the stir-fry, wiggles down the throat like a spicy patty of melting butter. This kimchee jae yook bokkeum (say that three times fast) is actually listed under the side orders, and comes in two sizes, large and small. But along with some rice and the half-dozen panchan (little bowls of pickled veggies) that come with most orders, the small portion is more than enough for one.

I'm guessing the gae jung, or raw blue crab in spicy sauce, is an acquired taste. I liked the actual meat of the crab, but you have to dig your way through too much of that chili paste to get any pleasure out of it. The haemul pa jun (seafood pancake) was surprisingly disheartening, as I've had much better Korean pancakes elsewhere. This one was far too thick with batter, and tasted quite bland.

Sushi meister Paul Kim slices up some tasty nigiri at Takamatsu.
Jackie Mercandetti
Sushi meister Paul Kim slices up some tasty nigiri at Takamatsu.

Location Info

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Restaurant Takamatsu

4214 W. Dunlap Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85051

Category: Restaurant > Japanese

Region: North Phoenix

Details

Pan-fried kimchee and pork: $13.95/$19.95 (small/large)
Kimchee bibim bap: $8.95
Five-piece nigiri sushi: $8.95
Seaweed salad: $4.50

4214 West Dunlap Avenue (near 43rd Avenue and Dunlap) Phoenix, 623-842 -0400. Hours: Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon to 10 p.m.

Still, on the whole, Restaurant Takamatsu has found a new fan in me. Now if only someone will tell me where to slake my craving for game, I'll be one happy restaurant reviewer.

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