Culver City: Moko Now Open

ginger pear collins

Moko in Culver City is now open. It replaces the former Gyenari. The theme has moved from upscale Korean BBQ to Korean smaller plates. Owner Will Shin brought in Chef Gary Robbins to come up with a new menu. I didn’t try any of the food during last week’s open house social hour except for a small piece of grilled beef which was definitely tender. Instead, I enjoyed some soju punch.

soju punch

I did taste the Ginger Pear Collins (vodka, ginger pear extract, lemon, soda) but it was a bit too bitter for me. I liked the lighter cantaloupe-tasting punch more. I’d be interested in trying their whiskey cocktails. The Amore Manhattan (Old Overholt and maraschino) sounded interesting.

There’s been some controversy regarding a non-Korean chef in a restaurant serving  Korean cuisine. Until I get to try more of the food, I can’t say how I feel about it. Here are some blogs:

Thumbs Up:

Eating LA

Trippy Food

Thumbs Down:

Rock My Palate

Thumbs Middle:

The Catty Critic

Moko – 9540 Culver Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232 – (310) 838-3131