Last week, I was craving sushi, but not just normal sushi. I wanted something different. Enter A-Won, a Korean owned Japanese restaurant in Ktown. It also helped that I was working from home that day and it was only a few minutes’ drive away.
Upon entering, I noticed that the restaurant was bigger than I expected. There were semi-private booths, tables, and of course, a sushi bar. Being that I was alone, I chose to sit at the sushi bar where several chefs were busy tending to the start of the lunchtime rush.
One thing you’ll notice at A-Won is that there are lots of big bowls of food going around. These bowls were super-sized chirashi and sashimi salad. After reading somewhere that the sashimi salad was one of A-Won’s specialties, I ordered one for myself.
The waitress promptly brought out three dishes of panchan, a bowl of miso soup and a bowl of rice. The panchan consisted of an eggplant dish, a radish one, and the ubiquitous kimchi. The kimchi wasn’t anything to write home about and neither was the radish, but I really enjoyed the eggplant. It tasted like toasted sesame oil and packed a garlicky punch.
When my sashimi salad came out, I was impressed with the size. It looked large when other people ordered it, but placed in front of me, it was gigantic! The bowl was filled with strips of lettuce, sprouts, seaweed, bonito, and a healthy serving of cubed tuna, salmon, and some white fish. The waitress also brought a bottle of red, sweet gochujang with the salad, so I squirted a bunch over my bowl, mostly on the lettuce and vegetables.
Although there was certainly a great quantity of fish, the quality wasn’t spectacular. The tuna tasted alright, but the white fish was so cold that some pieces were actually icy. The salmon was good, but there were less pieces of that than the other fish. Next time, I may just order the chirashi for a better variety of fish. Or maybe the fish egg bowl.
My first foray into Korean sushi wasn’t as exciting as I had expected, but I’m not going to let that deter me. Maybe I just ordered the wrong thing. A-Won isn’t too expensive and it’s close enough to home that I can see myself venturing there again to try something different from their menu. There were enough diners in there to convince me that something there is worth returning for.
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A-Won Japanese Restaurant
913 1/2 S Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA
(park in the lot or on the street)