Zoomak Asian Bistro

7309 Orangethorpe Ave.
Buena Park, CA 90621
714-351-0389
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  • Open daily, 5 p.m.-2 a.m.
  • Dinner, Late Night
Zoomak Asian Bistro is a Korean restaurant in Buena Park. The Asian Bistro part of the name is misleading, included so non-Koreans are assured this place--located in a barren strip mall in an industrial part of Buena Park--makes some kind of food. But the Hangul characters for the word Zoomak tells a Korean everything he or she needs to know. Zoomak is the Korean term for a tavern. If that doesn't mean anything to you yet, just consider it the Korean version of a Japanese izakaya, an establishment where alcohol and anju, food that goes well with alcohol, is served. Just like a proper izakaya, Zoomak opens at 5 p.m. and closes at 2 a.m. Actually, the place doesn't come alive until about 9 p.m., when most of the customers start arriving and each of its dark wood booths are crammed with groups of young Koreans, none of whom look older than 35. It's around then that Zoomak turns on the laser lights, and the volume for the Korean music videos projected onto a large screen is dialed up to dance club levels. Throughout the night and under its glow, a kitchen crew tends to stoves on which enormous stockpots simmer and all manner of Korean pancakes sizzle on a griddle.

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