Please be mindful of Pleasure Palate's Attendance and 3-Strikes Policies when you RSVP for this event. We will split up into 2 tables of 8, and each table will receive 2 orders of the large combinations of mixed sashimi and more!
My friend Daniel made this suggestion for Gay Foodies over a year ago:
"Ever since I saw Anthony Bourdain chewing on still-dying octopus tentacles on the Outer Boroughs episode, I felt that there must be a place in Koreatown that serves what he's eating. Then I came across a new post on Deep End Dining: http://www.deependdining.com/2010/03/korean-sushi-where-wild-things-are.html." To learn more about Korean live seafood dining, you should go to the above link and read the blog posting. This is truly the freshest seafood you will ever consume as it will be brought from aquarium tanks to the kitchen and then out to the table.
For me, I first learned about Korean live seafood dining from watching an episode of the "Amazing Race" on CBS, where the challenge was for one member of the pair/team to consume an entire dish of baby octopus sashimi. And, of course, even though there were chopped up, they still moved about on the plate.
I finally hosted a dinner here on Labor Day, and it was amazing: the amount and variety of seafood (uni, oysters, sea squirts, abalone, hamachi, tuna, white tuna, salmon, cuttlefish and lobster), as was the service. After seeing the pictures on my Facebook page, some of my Pleasure Palate friends insisted that I host an event here as well, and voila! After speaking with the owners' son, we will be treated to an even greater variety of live seafood, including octopus and sea cucumber, which were not available during the Gay Foodies' event.
Although we may sample some exotic live seafood such as the octopus and abalone, we will try to focus mainly on traditional sashimi. Since the sashimi platters here are rather expensive, to offset the cost, we will be dining "Family Style."The food bill will be split evenly amongst all attendees. Attendees will be responsible for paying for their own beverages. Please note that flexibility is an important part of family-style dining, and if you want to take a chance on attending, you have to be amenable to what the group will order. You don't have to eat everything that is ordered, but everyone pays equally, whether you eat everything or not. The goal for family-style dining is to allow for the entire group to sample as wide a variety of dishes as possible. If one or more attendees choose to order on their own, that limits the group's choices, which defeats the purpose of what Family-Style Dining is all about. If this definition of Family-Style Dining doesn't feel comfortable, this may not be the right type of event for you.
Yelp Reviewers give Hwal A Kwang Jang an average of 4.0 Stars out of 5.0, from 19 reviews. You can read those reviews here: http://www.yelp.com/biz/hwal-a-kwang-jang-los-angeles
The sashimi platters range from $50 (Combo A) to $200 (Combo D), depending on the amount and the variety. We will be ordering at least 3 of the Combo Ds as well as the live seafood a la care items to feast on. They also have a small, but good selection of sake (cold and hot) for sale. However, the sake and any other beverage will be billed separately, and only to those who order it. At this time, I would presume the average cost per person can very well be around $75 to $100, depending on how many members attend this event, what we order, plus any beverages, tax and gratuity. Please bring at least $150 in CASH to settle your portion of the bill.
Please arrive about 5 to 10 minutes before our 5:00pm reservation so that you can grab a space in the small parking lot (the restaurant is located at the end of a strip mall). Otherwise, you may have to find street parking. As always, I will send all attendees my cell phone number the morning of the event so that you can call or text me if you arrive before I do, or are running late, or are lost.