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Momofuku Ssam Bar
Posted by ThomasOrorke on 08/20/2007
I thought the Berkshire Pork Rice Bowl was incredible. The Pork itself was much better than anything that I've had back home in Bama. The Flour Pancake Ssam with Beef Brisket and Roast Onions was off the charts. I put this place in my top ten in the city...and I eat out all the time.
Posted by over priced on 08/19/2007
the food is okay but NOT definitely worth the price. there are so many options in the city and this one has received way too much hype. dont get me wrong, the food is okay, just not all its cracked out to be, especially considering the price.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/13/2007
Went here on Saturday night with my partner. Arrived around 6:45pm to avoid a wait, was seated immediately at the bar. The service was a bit pokey but the food made up for it. Started with the Steamed pork buns and assorted pickle appetizer. The buns were great! But who doesn't like yummy pork fat. The pickle appetizer was a good counterbalance to the fat. Most pickles - fennal, cucumber, and asian pear - were good. A couple - watermelon in particular - not as strong. Next up, we got the lemongrass pork sausage and momofuku ssam. Pork sausage ssam was excellent. The pork flavorful and nicely paired with carrot and dikon pickle. The Momofuku ssam was a bit monotextural. Good flavors but all together just too mushy in texture. Would be better to deconstruct the whole thing and let people assemble it to their preference. The whole meal came out to $60 including tip for two people. Not bad at all. Would go again just for the steamed buns alone. By the time we left - a little after 8pm, there was a huge line outside. Definately hit the place before 7pm. Not sure I'd have been so happy if I'd had to wait.
Posted by Anonymous on 06/21/2007
I don't even eat pork, and I had a fantastic meal here. I shared the spicy squid salad (great flavor) and then had the hangar steak ssam. someone else i was with had the mussels which were also great. I did feel a bit rushed by the waiters which always irks me, but overall it was a great experience and the ambiance is very casual but also clean and chic. Get there early to avoid a wait (we got there at 630pm on a weekday and had no problem).
Posted by koreanfoodlover on 06/19/2007
This food may work for you, but it didn’t for me. I have fairly adventurous palate and enjoy fusion cuisine, but the Momofuku chefs could have well been actors playing the part-- I mean I could throw random items from my refrigerator and it would have been more exciting and edible than what I had there. The Santa Barbara uni dish with the tofu foam was nauseating - i think they forget to tell you that not only do you have uni and tofu foam, you also have tapioca pearls marinated in apple juice and sea salt with the essence of anise. I love uni, I tried to scape the overpowering sea salt and dumped the gross tapioca to the wayside and I still couldn't eat it. The Warm Veal Head Terrine is deep fried fat—why did they deep fry it? The steamed buns with pork belly—a hot dog would have been more thrilling. And we had something like trout almondine, which I have no idea how that fits into the menu. Maybe Momofuku should stay with what they do best – noodles.
Posted by Anonymous on 05/17/2007
Of course, there will be many people that don't understand the cuisine--as shown by many of the other reviews. Obviously though, there are many who do "get it", since the place is contiually packed. The food is fun, straightforward, yet intruiging and most important: very tasty. My favorite dish is the steamed buns with pork belly. Absolute heaven.
Posted by Wilfrid on 04/27/2007
There may have been some smoked ham on the previous reviewer's platter, but Momofuku serves primarily country hams. Country hams are preserved using a salt brine, and they are always salty. You may not like a salty country ham, but that's how country hams are supposed to be. This is a very good little restaurant, and the lines for dinner every night are more foodies than tourists.