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Chego - CLOSED

Map & Directions 3300 Overland Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90034
  • Korean
  • Sun, Tue-Sat 5:30pm-11:30pm
  • MasterCard, Visa
  • Takeout, Vegetarian Friendly
  • Dinner, Late Night, Snack Food
  • No Alcohol
  • Reservations Not Accepted
  • Parking Lot Available, Street Parking


LA Weekly's Description

Roy Choi may be the Led Zeppelin of street food: the father of a truck-based restaurant industry; the chef who draws huge numbers of people to deserted parking lots; the architect of a new, popular cuisine. He was the only Los Angeles chef to be named one of Food + Wine's best new chefs this year, and at food-industry events, CEOs of multinational corporations hang on him like custom Loro Piana worsted.

So what is Choi's second act? Rice bowls! And not the skanky, stringy underseasoned rice bowls you may remember from hundreds of now-dead Yoshinoya restaurants, but multifaceted, soulful things, utterly un-Korean in concept but Korean to their core, things like ultrafunky kimchi bowls tossed with buttered rice; chile-rubbed prime rib rice bowls with horseradish, and a rice bowl highlighted by a slab of pork belly that has been burnished as lovingly with Korean chile paste as a '64 Impala show car has been rubbed with lacquer. At Chego, you can start with charred asparagus, fluffy Korean meatballs or a "$12 salad'' if you like, but the only dessert is a deconstructed Rocky Road sundae with caramel, brownies and marshmallow fluff.

The restaurant proper is a tiny place in an obscure Westside mini-mall, personalized with small collections of books and toys - it looks like the kind of hidden Tokyo jazz bar that can take three sets of cabbies to find.

Member Reviews

  • ChannelC wrote a review for Chego
    on 02/28/13

    Chego is a very trendy Asian Fusion place, a bit small, with two long tables and seating against the wall. Came on a Friday night and the lines were pretty long. But! The food comes fast.

    If you've had Kogi before, the expectations for taste on this menu is not disappointing at all. The rice bowls.. the ooey gooey fries..the meatballs. Everything is packed full flavor and heavy... More >>

  • fhoang wrote a review for Chego
    on 02/28/13

    Not bad at all. I'm a big fan of the Kogi truck so I was excited to try Chego. Really hip and contemporary take on Korean food and everything is packed with a fusion of flavors here. Though it was a long wait when I went, I really enjoyed the Ooey Goey Fries and those MEATBALLS. They were really good. Not a lot of seating, but don't be shy, find a spot with all the communal seating!

  • annieyuan21 wrote a review for Chego
    on 02/28/13

    Once again, Chef Roy has managed to radically redefine trendy Korean food.

    I'm not a fan of Korean food -- no matter how many Korean restaurants I go to, the only things I can stomach are Korean BBQ and Kyochon. While I didn't love the food at Chego, I also didn't hate it, and considering the strong Korean flavours in it, I'd say that's a big accomplishment.

    Chego is hidden in... More >>

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