Everyone’s familiar with Roy Choi, founder of the Kogi food trucks. A little over a year ago, he opened up a restaurant, Chego which got mixed reviews from the food blogger scene. I held off on visiting this place because I wasn’t very impressed with the Kogi truck and the so-so reaction didn’t make me want to go out of my way to eat here. However, a few weekends ago, I was in the vicinity with Kristen of Rock My Palate for Chef Dan Moody’s Dessert Happy Hour at Scoops Westside. She decided to eat here for dinner prior to the dessert event (not a pop-up!) so I tagged along.
We started off with the 3pm Meatballs ($4) which didn’t impress. The texture of the 3 meatballs felt grainy.
Kristen ordered the Buttered Kimchi Chow ($9) while I opted for the Tiny’s Prime Rib Rice Plate ($7). The Kimchi Chow was definitely the winner between the two for me. It reminded me of kimchi jigae over rice, very much like what I would eat at home. I loved the spiciness of it and the addition of pickled ggaennip (perilla leaves) gave it a nice tang. The prime rib rice plate came with 3 pieces of rib meat and despite having creamed horseradish and a serrano paste, wasn’t that spicy. I found it had a little too much water spinach for me as well.
Both dishes were heavy and fairly large; we found ourselves full and packing half the bowls as leftovers. I had heard some people say that they felt Chego was overpriced but considering I had two meals from one bowl, I don’t agree.
Overall, Chego was a better food experience than my last encounter with Roy Choi a la Kogi. I’d go back for another helping of the Kimchi Chow bowl.
3 NOMs for Chego
3300 Overland Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90034