[MA-SOC] NATURAL TOFU Review [WAS: Re: Proposed Restaurants,PLEASE VOTE!]

Woo Jae Park wpark at elliottmgmt.com
Mon Aug 8 09:44:56 EDT 2005

Glad you enjoyed it, Jill. Service in your average K-Town is mediocre and not that helpful if you are new to Korean. Overall though, it's a good place for quick bite to eat. I think there was an article on Korean food and the "new" restaurants managed by second generation Koreans that are bucking the usual brusque and less attentive (in favor of volume) service that the restaurants in K-town offer.

Here is the link to the article from yesterday's NYTimes, entitled "Kimchi Chic":


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Hi Angela, et al --
Well, guess what, I ate (solo) at NATURAL TOFU after the meeting, and it  was 
*incredible* and *cheap*!!
For starters, not everything has tofu -- the tofu casseroles are just a  
subset of their dishes, which also happen to include BBQ of all kinds.
Since I'm not a red-meat-eater, I personally ordered a vegetarian tofu  
casserole, specifying "medium spicy" (they give you a choice, ranging from "very  
spicy" to "no spice".  I didn't know what I was in for!  First, a  bowl of rice 
and eight large side dishes were placed at the table....  including kimchi, 
sesame oil flavored broccoli, marinated rice cakes, sweet  black beans, wheat 
gluten, spiced bean sprouts, spiced octopus (their idea of  "vegetarian" is 
apparently flexible, but I do eat seafood), and an egg.   Then the casserole 
itself, rich and bubbling-hot, in a ceramic tureen.  The  waiter .... who BTW was 
otaku! .... asked if I wanted egg in that, I agreed, and  he broke the egg 
into the casserole and showed me how to stir it in.   Everything was *delicious*, 
and there was so much food I could hardly finish  it.
The price?  A big *$8.95* for the feast, plus $2 for a can of  soda.  The 
total tab came to about $11 and change, plus tip.  Now  that's what I call a 
For future reference, tomodachi-tachi, please try the place.... you will  
love it, and so will your wallet!
Your resident foodie and Burukkurin buddy,
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In a message dated 8/7/2005 8:55:52 A.M. Eastern Standard Time,  
saihitei at earthlink.net writes:

I don't  know how many people are going to see this before the meeting, but 
I'm going  to vote against both choices.

Korean's not really my thing.  I  like Korean Barbeque occasionally (just 
went last month with Juju & her  family).  But neither place does BBQ.

I'm also not a fan of  tofu.  I understand that there are other options.  But 
if their  specialty is tofu, I don't count on the other options being all 
that great.  

Plus, both places are out of the price range most of us are willing to  
accept.  Remember after the May meeting, I suggested a place with entrees  in the 
$10-15 range and *everyone* complained?  And then we ended up  going to the 
Italian place with similar prices...  A restaurant with an  average price of $15 
or $25 isn't going to go over well either. At least, it  doesn't go over well 
for me.

Of course, if it's just me that objects, I  can always skip the post-meeting  


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