Weeks before, as my friends and I were planning our big UFC pay per view viewing Bad Blood weekend, we also wanted to meet for lunch. Rick, our unofficial foodie, offered up Koji BBQ Korean Taco trucks sit down restaurant called A-Frame. Sounded like a great idea and we had lunch there this past Sunday.
Expectations were high, because Koji taco trucks are very popular, and founder Roy Choi has won Bon Appetit and Best New Chef awards. I would be foolish to make enemies of the countless Koji taco truck fans, so let’s just say I was disappointed with my lunch.
Westside Plate Lunch
Loco Moco style – hearty stew over rice, with fried eggs, hamburger patty, and hot sauce
Having grown up on Hawaii, I’ve had more than my fair share of Loco Moco plate lunches. Basically it is a combination of a hamburger patty, fried egg, served with brown gravy over rice. I can’t remember the last time I had one, but my nostalgic cravings got the best of me. Although it looks visually appealing, the hot sauce was the only flavor of the meal. It seems the spicy flavor was used to mask the fact that the hamburger patty and fried egg had no flavor whatsoever.
house country sausage, eggs, cheddar, hot sauce and whole grain mustard on toasted Hawaiian bread
Next up was the country café sandwich which was recommended by our waiter. It included a sausage and fried eggs on toasted bread. It looked nice from my view, but my friend took a bite and deadpanned, “I could have made this myself!” Enough said.
Cracklin Beer Can Chicken
kimchi, century egg, salsa roja and salsa verde
Our resident foodie Rick nodded along as he ate his lunch. He is very descriptive with his food and likes to channel Anthony Bourdain. But when he is near speechless with a “Hmm It’s okay” then “Houston, we have a problem.”
The four of us looked at each other blank faced. Out of courtesy to Rick, we all held our tongue and nodded, “Meah, it’s ok.” The service was great as our waiter was attentive and friendly. The Golden Monkey Tripel we drank was smooth and hit the spot. I reminded our group three times, “At least this lunch brought us together to catch up.” Our waiter did say they would be rebooting their menu soon. I wish them good luck as I was not satisfied with their current offerings. Was expectations too high? Are we not the target demographic? Perhaps. Although the atmosphere was nice and cozy, sadly, I won’t be coming back for seconds.
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