Trying on Ahjoomah’s Apron

By Zachary Wright, Copy Editor

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Entrees plus side dishes. Photo by Zachary Wright.

Located just steps from the Cermak-Chinatown stop on the Red Line, Ahjoomah’s Apron is one of the questionable places to stop for dinner. Ahjoomah’s may owe Korean food enthusiasts an apology or two for falling short for options. However, for those new to trying Korean food, Ahjoomah’s Apron might be the right fit.

Korean cuisine has a long history, truly starting with the prehistoric culture of the Peninsula. This is reflected by many dishes containing meat, rice and vegetables, which also makes up pretty much every selection on the menu. The menu is pretty slim, offering basic dishes like bugolgi or jopchae. While they’re a staple in Korean cuisine, it isn’t really eye-popping as the other selections you may be able to get in other popular Korean restaurants around the city. Now, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The food is delicious, and each dish is specially and beautifully crafted.

Ahjoomah’s Apron does also offer Korean juices, some sodas and some alcohol imported from South Korea. For the most part, nothing really sticks out from the drink menu. It is a pretty slim, limited menu so if you’re looking for a little bonus that adds to the experience, then you won’t find it at Ahjoomah’s.

The service is part of the biggest downfalls of the restaurant. At first, the wait staff is attentive but seems to drop down after you get your order. The waiters tend to just walk around, not giving attention to any table. Perhaps it’s a cultural thing or maybe just a bad habit taught by others.

All in all, Ahjoomah’s Apron is good. Consider it the 100 level, intro course into Korean food. The prices are fairly priced and you get a lot for how much you’re paying for.

4 out of 5 torches.

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