I was talking with a co-worker, who is Korean, about her impression of The Scallion. I have been there several times, enjoy the quality of the food (not greasy or fried like the other Asian, mostly Americanized-Chinese, restaurants in town), and always observed that there is mostly an Asian clientele.
Apparently, she has been there, was not impressed with the food and thinks she can cook better. Regarding the food not being very good, this isn’t the first time I have heard this from an Asian person. I even read a review on Yelp stating the same thing.
And regarding the Asian clientele at The Scallion, they are apparently 95% Chinese. My co-worker says that the Chinese are currently infatuated with all things Korean. In the past, Korea was infatuated with Japanese culture, and played catch up; now Korea and Japan are similarly Westernized. China has a bad history with Japan. However, China has had relatively good relations with Korea, and is now playing catch up with Korea.
I’m not sure how these thoughts would be received by other Koreans, but I am interested in having heard my colleague’s perspective on the matter.
Now the question is, do I go to lunch at The Scallion or Vesuvius?