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Blink And You Might Walk Right Past One Of The Best New Restaurants In The Country

There’s a restaurant on Santa Monica Boulevard, in Los Angeles, CA, that has a single table and no signs out front to signal it’s not an abandoned property. Unknown to most of the people passing by it, this location is actually a James Beard Award semifinalist for the Best New Restaurant In America.

According to Uproxx, Baroo experiments in fermentation cuisine influenced by Korean, Italian, and vegan cooking.

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In total, the restaurant only has TWO employees: head chef Kwang Uh and his business parter/college friend/sous chef Matthew Kim.

Baroo offers dishes like the Noorook, seemingly out of a space opera, as this creation is made with fermented purple grains and topped with pickled onions and a cheese dusting. Ben Esch of Uproxx compares the texture of it to that of risotto.

Shockingly, the prices are said to cost less than a dining experience at the Cheesecake Factory. The Noorook itself, though high-end in aesthetics, only costs $12.

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If you’re ever in the area, and feel just a bit adventurous, keep an eye out for Baroo. The restaurant’s aesthetically stunning menu and bold flavors shine through its unembellished doors, hiding in plain sight.

Photos: DOYLE ESCH | UPROXX

By Peter Pham

Pete's favorite foods include pizza, tacos and pretty much any kind of breakfast. He'll usually snap a photo or two while his food cools down.

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