It’s now been about six years since I spent a year teaching English in Korea and my love for Korean cuisine has yet to fade. I will admit that these days it does seem as though my stomach doesn’t have the stamina it once did. Subsequently, I only eat Korean food when I know I’m going to be going home immediately afterwards and putting on sweatpants. However when the urge strikes, Ye Chon is one of the few places that immediately springs to mind.
Cost – $$
Service – B+
The service is incredibly efficient and even somewhat friendly, which isn’t always a guarantee at Korean restaurants.
Food – A-
Call me crazy but I think Ye Chon is better than Woo Lae Oak (although not as good as Han Sung Oak). It is pretty consistently packed with Koreans at all times of the day so that should provide a pretty decent indication of the overall quality of the food.
Decor – B
It is somewhat spartan although there is something very authentic and comforting about the fake wood paneling and openness of the space.
Feel – A-
There is something I really like about Ye Chon, a certain ebullience pervades the restaurant at all times of the day. You’ll find all sorts at the Ye Chon: younger couples on dates, families, people about to go clubbing. I probably wouldn’t recommend the venue for anything but dinner on a weekday or late night on a weekend but if you’re craving Korean food it is definitely worth the trip.
Ye Chon is located on 4121 Hummer Road in Annandale, Virginia.
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November 10, 2008 – Yechon (Eating All the Day) – i love korean food. granted, being korean puts me in a place to have had lots of good korean food, made the way mom makes it (and yes, my mom is a fabulous korean gourmet! she also does things organically and is often apt to experiment with asian fusion dishes. i could go on forever about my mom ^_^). also, having spent many of my life’s years in so.cal, and then in seoul (i miss eating in korea!! so so so good~), i’ve been spoiled with being able to get good korean food out of the home as well. of course, everyone’s preference is going to be different. Full article…
November 8, 2008 – Yechon (Lunching in the DMV) – My friends and I stopped by Yechon in Annandale, VA for some late night Korean food since its one of the few 24 hour restaurants in the Northern VA area. The closest metro stop would be East Falls Church on the Orange line. Full article…