Los Angeles, CA 90006
- MasterCard, Visa, American Express
- Dinner, Late Night
- Not Necessary, Accepted
- Street, Valet
LA Weekly's Description
Masan, on a dark stretch of Olympic in the heart of Koreatown, is one of the oldest Korean restaurants in Los Angeles, a center for seafood and Hite beer since the 1970s. At the restaurant, agujjim is a seething bowl of monkfish, bean sprouts and as much chile as you can stand, sparked with a handful of chopped scallions and probably hiding a few sea squirts, peculiar invertebrates that look like scale-model replicas of moons from a planets-of-the-solar-system kit and explode into rich, iodine-tinged liquid when you chomp them between your teeth. After a bowl of the agujjim, a few plates of basic kimchi and a small bottle or two of soju, you will probably glance around the dining room, and you will probably notice the bank of bubbling live tanks, a display closer to Marineland than to the timid aquaria that hide the back of fancy Cantonese restaurants. And if you are in that kind of mood, and have a working credit card, the treasures of the sea start to appear on your table one by one, raw prawns perhaps, with their still-quite-lively heads glaring at you from the plate where they have been placed as garnish; farmed abalone fresh enough to squirm when you bite into it; sea urchin, spines still wiggling, whose nutty orange roe you scoop out of its shell; or a kind of pale conch with flesh dark and bitter as liver. See full review.
Tips from foursquare
Order the live octopus and watch it squirm as you dip it in the sauce. Chew thoroughly so it doesn't choke you!
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For photographs, view Anne Fishbein's slideshow "Live Octopus, Shrimp and Urchins: Masan Restaurant's Writhing Seafood." Korean restaurants, at least... More on Masan »