Don Ishiyaki is one of my favorite casual dining spots in the city. Great food at a good price and they have kimchi, so that brings me back to my days in Koreatown (LA). The star of the menu is the Ishiyaki which is means “cook on hot rock”. I started out with a house salad which has mixed greens, carrots, cucumber, and fried wantons. The dressing is a classic ginger dressing. One of the few casual spots that chooses to serve mixed greens instead of iceberg. Kudos for that.
For my entree I usually go with the Bibimbap with brown rice. Bibimbap is steak, kimchi, green onion, bean sprouts and raw egg on top (you can’t see it in the photo because i got excited and forgot to take a picture). It comes out in this hot rock bowl and you can push the egg to the side to start cooking it. I mix it in a little. The rice at the bottom continues cooking and gets this great crunch to it. They also bring out some sauces and the spicy asian is a must. The entrees are also served with a bowl of miso soup on the side.
Lina got the Veggie Ishiyaki and that is just as good. Comes with tofu, bean sprouts, carrots, mushrooms, spinach, onion and zucchini. She also got hers with brown rice to keep it on the healthy side.
This place is great for a casual lunch, low key dinner or group dinner before a night on the town. Did I mention the vibe is killer. The lights are dim and I think I heard some Hot Chip while I was there.