Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Rate-A-Restaurant #319: Chego
Location: 727 N Broadway Unit 117 (Chinatown)
Type of restaurant: Asian Fusion
We stipulated: We happened to be near Chinatown for dinner, and had a jones for Kogi Taco man Roy Choi's first sit-down, brick and mortar restaurant.
They stipulated: "Taking a short break from the streets to chill and cheer from the sidelines, this happy, humble little LA-in-a-rice bowl restaurant full win and the color orange set out to reinvigorate the rice bowl. Slow roasted prime rib with creamed horseradish? Check. Sticky-sweet slabs of Berkshire pork belly over hot rice and fried egg? Done. A jukebox of feelings and L.A. youth piped in through the speakers? It’s been Chego Man approved."
What we ordered: Kimchi Spam Bowl (w/ butter-fried kimchi, Spam, scrambled eggs and baby bok choy w/ a touch of toasted sesame, $8); Sour Cream Hen House (marinated grilled chicken rice bowl w/ fried egg, Chinese broccoli, sour cream sambal, Thai basil, toasted sesame and red jalapeño, $9); Chubby Pork Belly (kochujang-lacquered Kurobuta rice bowl w/ fried egg, pickled radishes, water spinach, Chinese broccoli, cotija and peanuts, $9); Ooey Gooey Fries (beer-battered, w/ sour cream sambal, monterey jack and cheddar cheese, cotija, chillies, cilantro and pickled garlic, $6)
High point: I liked the spice to the bowls, and the inventiveness of the various offerings.
Low point: A limited number of seats (mostly outdoor), which means you may be waiting for others to leave. Also: If there was Spam in our Spam bowl, we sure couldn't find it. The meat is chopped a little too thin, perhaps (that, or they forgot to put Spam in our dish).
Overall impression: I liked Chego, but there may be such a thing as too much of a good thing. The bowls are so loaded with a variety of things that it's hard to eat.
Will we return: Perhaps, but I might want to try Roy Choi's new spot in Koreatown instead.