Last week I grabbed dinner with my fam at the Hell's Kitchen Korean restaurant Bann. Bann is the sister restauarant to the more popular Soho Korean hot spot Woo Lae Oak.
I've been to Bann a bunch of times and have always enjoyed my meals here. It's a large space with a great Asian decor and vibe. Surprisingly, I've never seen Bann crowded, maybe because I've gone before the rush, but, it is definitely worth a trip if you are looking for satisfying gourmet Korean cuisine.
Our first appetizer was Dungeness crab and leek rolled in spinach crepes with a light mustard sauce ($14). This dish was representative of most of the dishes at Bann; beautiful to look at and delicious! The presentation really adds to the dishes at Bann, each dish is almost like a work of art.
We also got an appetizer of Jap Chae ($12), stir fried glass noodles with assorted vegetables. This is a popular Korean dish and Bann's did not disappoint. It was great.
Our third appetizer was minced sea scallops and Korean pine mushrooms baked in a shrimp mousse ($13). Again, the presentation was beautiful and I enjoyed the combination of the scallops and the shrimp mousse.
A special scallop entree with three plump and juicy scallops, in a orange sauce, was unique, beautiful, and very enjoyable.
A fish dish of red snapper in rice paper braised in a spicy black bean sauce with soy beans, Ginkgo, and bamboo shoots, was again, unique, and quite wonderful.
We also tried a made to order tofu dish with black sesames and a chili sauce, which was different, but you really need to be a lover of tofu to enjoy the dish.
Our Pear Crumble ($8) for dessert was the perfect finale for a satisfying and beautiful meal. It came with spiced asian pear topped with buttery crumble and vanilla ice cream. It was simple, yet great.