Outside of the Christmas On The Square Netflix premiere back in November, there have been very few dates I’ve considered important recently. The opening of Shiku in Grand Central Market is one of them. The new Korean spot comes from the team behind Baroo and Baroo Canteen, two of The Infatuation’s favorite restaurants to open (and close) in LA over the last half-decade. After one meal at Shiku, I’m confident Chef Kwang Uh's fermentation skills have only continued to improve over the years. Right now, the tight menu focuses mainly on dosirak boxes featuring proteins like galbi and perfectly-marinated maekjuk chicken, but no meal here is complete without raiding the daily banchan case. From the spicy musaengchae to the refreshing mu namal (braised radish with perilla dressing), these are among the most complex banchan I’ve ever eaten in LA - or anywhere in the world for that matter. Lines and wait times are pretty high at the moment, so just stay patient and daydream about the incredible meal that awaits you.
Where we've featured it
Whether you’re looking for takeout, delivery, indoor, or outdoor dining, the Hit List is here to help you find a great new spot to support.
More spots in Downtown LASee more
Maccheroni Republic is a true neighborhood Italian restaurant in Downtown with solid pasta, a friendly staff, and a fantastic front patio.
McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams
McConnell’s is an excellent choice for ice cream in Grand Central Market.
Nightshade is an upscale Arts District restaurant that’s trying a little too hard to be like everybody else.
More Korean spotsSee more
People are at Jinsol Gukbap in Koreatown for one thing: gukbap - a clear pork-broth soup.
Sun Nong Dan
This spot on 6th Street is open 24 hours, and is always packed with groups huddled over one of our favorite dishes in Koreatown - their galbi jjim.
Suggested by our writers
Sticky Rice is a stall inside Grand Central Market and home to the best panang curry in the city.
Filter and browse restaurants near you
Text us for personalized recommendationsLearn more