This is an unofficial review of Gilmok, a restaurant in Los Angeles, which is known as The Corner Place. I went on vacation last week out west. I arrived late into Los Angeles and once I got off the plane, my friend drove me directly to Koreatown since I was a bit hungry after a long east to west coast flight. Since it was a bit late, he decided to take me to Gilmok, which appeared to be another Koreatown restaurant that didn’t look to remarkable. We walked into the smoky restaurant which of course was a byproduct of kalbi grilling. But that’s not what caught my attention.
After we ordered and chatted, a big bowl of noodles arrived and it was poured into smaller bowls. I didn’t think to much of it because I was really hungry for the kalbi. My friend suggested that I start eating the Dongchimi Guksu (noodles in a cold, pickled radish base soup) because the kalbi was just put onto the grill. So I naturally picked up my chopsticks and scooped up some noodles. I knew right away that the noodles were pure ecstasy. It was simply AWESOME! The first thing I said to my friend was, “These are amazing! Better than any kind of Guksu in New York.” Then I proceeded to say, “How come you’ve never brought me to this place because I’ve come out to LA so many times.” His response was simply, “You always want In & Out.” Doh! C’mon man!
Let me repeat that these noodles were better than anything that I’ve tasted on the east coast. They were so simple yet so savory and I asked my friend what made it so amazing. Rumor has it is that there’s a little bit of Sprite poured in. Just a rumor but hard to tell if there’s really a hint of Sprite. Who cares because it was outstanding! If you’re in Koreatown in Los Angeles, go check out Gilmok and order the noodles and kalbi. You will not be disappointed! Gilmok is located at 2819 James M Wood Blvd, Los Angeles.