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Moolko Converts Former Dae Bok in Westlake Into Even Fishier Korean Seafood Haunt

Plus shabu shabu.

Moolko, Westlake
Moolko, Westlake
Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

The Westlake renaissance continues with the recent arrival of Moolko, an even more seafood-focused Korean spot on James M. Wood Boulevard. The place is more or less just a switcheroo from the previous spot at the same location — that would be Dae Bok — though the relative newcomer does have an even stronger focus on all things from the sea, plus some shabu shabu and bossam options.

Moolko sits beyond the typical eastern edge of Koreatown, running lunch through dinner hours. They’ve got some pretty strong lunch specials (most sub-$15, running 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays) that include lots of monkfish but also grilled seafood, heartier stone pots, and a variety of soups. Beer and wine is also on offer.

Moolko currently runs 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily inside the former Dae Bok space on James M. Wood, just east of Alvarado. With the recent arrival of Crawford’s to the north, plans for Frequency Coffee to make a strong statement in the area, and all the construction happening right around the park, it sure would seem as though Westlake is in for some big changes in the near future.

2010 James M. Wood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA


, Los Angeles, CA (213) 386-6660