One night. Three restaurants. 20+ strangers.
What an interesting night Dishcrawl LA in Koreatown turned out to be last Wednesday. On a Dishcrawl you visit multiple restaurants, sampling the menu as you go. The most unexpected part of the evening? We didn’t actually have any Korean food. As explained by our Dishcrawl “ambassador,” most restaurants in the area didn’t understand the concept or had no incentive to participate. (Events like this draw foodies, instagrammers and bloggers, and established or even more traditional restaurants just don’t need the publicity.)
That being said, I still had a great time and met some interesting people. Here are some photographs from the night!
One of the restaurants we visited was Caffe Concerto. Beautiful macarons and pastries in brightly lit displays greeted us as soon as we walked in.
I loved how the lights in the ceiling echoed the colorful macarons.
Upstairs was a dimly-lit, cozy dining area. We sampled a variety of small bites that included ceviche, fried rice, spaghetti and a rich cream of mushroom soup.
We ended our night at EscaLA. The atmosphere was hip, and the food here was my favorite. With the colorful graffitied walls and funky open space, it was clear it catered to a young crowd. We were served a corn on the cob slathered in a creamy sauce, pork belly and an empanada. It was a well thought-out plate that did not disappoint.
As we feasted on a strawberry shortcake-esque dessert topped with a berry foam, shots of Milagro were passed around.
While I still wish we had traditional Korean food, it ended up being a pretty good deal. It was a lot of food for $45 and offered a good sampling of the non-Korean food available in K-Town.
I also enjoyed meeting other foodies and food bloggers. If anything, events like this foster a sense of community and it’s always fun to meet the diverse group of people that attend. It’ll be interesting to see what other areas Dishcrawl LA tackles next.