The busy — very busy — of us from SM Entertainment have a brand new venture up and operating this week within the Koreatown space, and it entails bulgogi puff pies and japchae fried dumplings, amongst different issues. The leisure megalith is maybe greatest identified for its large footprint within the Okay-Pop world, having introduced teams like SuperM, Crimson Velvet, and EXO to the world’s stage, and now they’re transferring into the Los Angeles meals supply scene.
This week, SM Leisure launched an online-only model of their well-liked restaurant and membership compound SMT. The corporate already operates (once more, very busy) areas of SMT in Seoul, Korea and in Tokyo, and has long planned to convey the same two-story compound to the center of Koreatown in Los Angeles, simply east of Western throughout from the now-closed Here’s Looking at You. However with the coronavirus nonetheless preserving issues largely locked down regionally, and with lengthy delays and prolonged lead instances within the development world, for now the corporate is beginning with takeout.
The brand new SMT menu, which launched on Wednesday, is supposed to be a barely upscale however nonetheless very approachable first peek into what SMT will finally be in Los Angeles. There are egg and bulgogi bowls, fried rice balls with totally different fillings, gable hen wings, and extra, with pickup and supply obtainable from DoorDash and GrubHub to begin. The menu is new for Los Angeles and overseen by the identical SMT kitchen employees that will probably be on-hand to cook dinner on the restaurant and dwell occasion venue as soon as such issues are allowed.
That area continues to be coming collectively, with reps telling Eater that issues seemingly received’t open up for not less than a short time, till the SMT staff feels comfy letting of us inside to dine, drink, and sing karaoke upstairs in particular person non-public rooms. There’ll nonetheless be a stage downstairs as nicely, with rotating acts and sit-down dinner service, plus bar entry. For now, the closest one can come to all that, although, is a few Okay-Pop-infused Koreatown takeout.