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The Fresh Is a New School Korean Seafood Spot in the Heart of Ktown

Lots of fresh, live seafood.

Matthew Kang is the Lead Editor of Eater LA. He has covered dining, restaurants, food culture, and nightlife in Los Angeles since 2008. He's the host of K-Town, a YouTube series covering Korean food in America, and has been featured in Netflix's Street Food show.

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Korean restaurants generally aren't the kind to go out of their way to have special decor, but The Fresh, a new modern seafood restaurant tucked away in a strip mall along 6th street, has tried the break the mold. Opened for about a month in Koreatown, The Fresh offers a blend of classic Korean seafood along with a more innovative approach.

For lunch, one could opt for a sashimi set that starts at $18 and goes up to a six course deluxe meal for $38. A slew of live seafood helms the first part of the menu, with live abalone, conch, scallops, and sea urchin to go along with freshly shucked oysters (Koreans love their obscure shellfish). Finally, some grilled meats like pork, chicken, and beef short ribs, all with requisite Korean marinades.

The Fresh is an updated take on Korean-style seafood, most of which is presented raw and unadorned, though sauces do come on the side. Hours run 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., with dinner service running 5:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. The listed closure time comes via Yelp, so it might be suspect at this point.

The Fresh
3450 W 6th Street
Los Angeles, CA 0020