MICHELIN Guide’s Point Of View
Cavatelli, cantuccini and crudos line the menu, but wait, isn’t this a Korean restaurant? Indeed, the window advertises “fun Korean fare.” However, Chef/owner Jennifer Kim honed her skills in Italian kitchens, so expect a cultural collision. It’s a delightful surprise, one that welcomes a steady stream of area dwellers who arrive hungry for bright, bold and creative flavors—as seen in the Cacciucco-inspired tofu stew. Bay scallop crudo with a house-made XO sauce is another prime example of this Italian-Korean mashup. Then, pan-fried rice cakes with a lamb ragù hint at gnocchi, while Pelicana chicken is delicately fried and coated with a sweet and sticky red pepper glaze. Despite Kim's sky-high creativity, the prices remain pleasantly down-to-earth.