Jonathan Gold is the Pulitzer Prize-winning food writer for the LA Times.
Baroo is the brainchild of chef/owner Kwang Uh and his partner, Matthew Kim. By combining traditional Korean ingredients and practices with those of French, Italian, Spanish and modernist techniques learned while training in kitchens throughout Europe that included a stage at Noma, Chef Kwang crafts an experimental menu completely his own. Drawing inspiration from a variety of unusual ingredients prepared in every which way, there’s a lot to discover here.
What to order: Try the Noorook, the Kimchi Fried Rice and the Baroo Faux Ragu (yes, it does have meat in it).
Location: 5706 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90038 | (323) 819-4344
Tip: There’s no sign overhead, but Baroo is located in a strip mall on the southwest corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and Wilton Avenue, just to the right of the 7-11.
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