Best by far was the jorangi rice cake soup, a deep, rich oxtail broth loaded with tender pillows of figure-eight-shaped rice flour cakes--absolutely savory and comforting. Gosoo gutjuri, a cilantro salad in spicy dressing, provided a striking juxtaposition, the bright, fresh, green flavor of the herb contrasting beautifully with the dressing's dried red chilis. We also loved Kaesong moo jjim, a flavorful slow braise of unctuous pork, beef, and chicken in soy and garlic, served with rice. A vegetarian version with large chunks of tofu and vegetables, however, was boring, the sauce lacking flavor and body. Both meat and mushroom pyunsoo, traditional square dumplings, were also disappointing, the encasing dough mostly uncooked, the meat filling unremarkable, though the mushroom one was nicely tangy. Prices for all the dishes were reasonable, and although our waitress knew nothing about the unusual food she was serving, she was friendly and pleasant.
Since last year, San Street has also shown up Tuesday nights at The Bar at 327 Braun Court, which hosts a hybrid of the pop-up concept, one with a fairly regular schedule. Cafe Memmi, another Zingerman's offshoot featuring Tunisian food, stars on Thursdays. And for the last few months, Central Provisions, a duo in search of a regular gig, has provided food on Wednesday nights. Besides the space, the bar, of course, provides excellent cocktails and helps with service. Be warned that, especially during the school year, the crowd can overwhelm the cozy, intimate place, and the music level, which starts out loud, grows even louder as the evening wears on and the clientele gets younger. Also, the food is served on the second floor, with no handicap accessibility.