This sleek Korean-influenced, tasting-menu spot is a fittingly cherished culinary haven. Suss out its well-hidden location, amidst the shops in downtown Palo Alto, and you’ll be ushered into this impossibly chic supper club-turned-nightly dinner party, with just 16 seats at the communal table. So, get ready to chat up your neighbors—and given this restaurant's prominence on the local VC scene, hear a bit of shop talk as well.
The name is Korean for “from the heart,” and unsurprisingly, family is at the core of this operation. Chefs Michael and Meichih Kim are a married couple, whose hospitality and welcoming demeanor create a social and exuberant contrast against their refined cuisine and wine offerings—starting with such exquisite canapés as soondae (blood sausage) dotted with preserved shrimp, or Kusshi oysters dusted with vibrant kimchi snow.
Korean cuisine aficionados will be astounded by the heights to which this kitchen team can take simple ingredients. Imagine the likes of fresh warm tofu with a savory drizzle of soy sauce, or galbi ssambap starring tender grilled Wagyu wrapped in lettuce and enhanced by soybean paste. A lovely strawberry sorbet makes for a lingering finale.