Hansol Noodle, a branch of a Korean restaurant group founded back in 1985, opened its doors in the old MaDang 621 space just last week in Koreatown along Western Ave. The restaurant, known for its naengmyun, chewy buckwheat noodles served in an icy broth, and kalbi is certainly a welcome addition to Koreatown, especially given the long lines that plague other naegmyun specialists like Yu Chun in the hot summer months.
Relatively unchanged from MaDang, the interior sports soaring ceilings and contemporary Korean décor for a relatively upscale ambiance. Unlike the notoriously mediocre Korean barbecue joint before it, however, Hansol is expected to be a big hit with those looking for a cool meal on a hot day. Early reviews are positive about the selection of quality banchan, albeit small, and hot beef broth that come with every naengmyun order.
With long opening weekend lines and temperatures continuing to rise, be prepared to wait for those icy noodles. You'll probably be glad you did.
621 S Western Ave Ste 100
Los Angeles, CA 90005