Baroo and Cassia have been named two of the twenty-one best new restaurants in the country according to Eater restaurant editor Bill Addison. The critic's year-long eating tour across America found only one New York restaurant, Wildair, worthy of the acclaim. Addison writes of Barroo:
Baroo, a 16-seat enigma in a shabby strip mall two blocks from the Hollywood Forever cemetery, has been called a health food restaurant, a fermentation laboratory, and a nerve center for the next evolutions of both Korean and Californian cuisines. But no description (not even my own) quite manages captures the truly sublime experience of eating Kwang Uh's mesmerizing dishes. [...] This is food that leaves you feeling nourished in both literal and metaphorical ways.
And of Cassia:
Cassia comes at you like a blockbuster. [...] Bring friends to share splendors like the majestic pot au feu that ripples with pho spices; lamb breast tingling from Sichuan peppercorn, cumin, and sambal; and laksa, the Malaysian seafood noodle soup whose soothing coconut milk richness is thrillingly undone by rousing curry spice and shrimp paste.
Cassia has become a staple addition to Eater LA's Essential 38, with Baroo recently reopening after an extended hiatus.