My wife and I used to frequent Bamboo Grove (and prior to that Noho's) at least once a month. We went for lunch today for the first time with our 3-year-old expecting to reaquaint ourselves with a favorite. We arrived right as they were opening and were greeted by a very pleasant waitress who was great. From the activity in the kitchen in appeared that the cooks were busy prepping for a large catering job and the smells of grilled chicking entering the dining room were awsome. After ordering our past favorites (korean chicken and teriyaki chicken) we waited for a bit for lunch. Once our order finally arrived, the waitress apologized for the wait and we dug in. I was disappointed from the very first bite as the chicken was rubbery to the point that it was tough to chew. I would say that it was overcooked, but that would be an understatement, and it almost appeared that it was precooked (maybe even the night before) and then reheated with the sauce and onions, ending up with bite size pieces of white meat that were impossible to down without the aid of plenty of water and extra teriyaki. My wife complained of the same thing, and when I tried a bite of her korean chicken, the sauce tasted the same as my teriyaki. I hoped that the macaroni salad (all-time best!) would in some part redeem the meal, but even that recipe had changed and it was a let down. From the start it seemed that the importance was placed on preparing for the catering job rather than the customers in the restaurant.\r
The only redeeming things about this experiance (thus the 2 stars) were that my daughter loved the Shoyu Franks and rice, and that the waitress was very nice and attentive, so much so that I didn't want to complain to her about the meal. I can only hope that things will turn around, but doubt that we will be back anytime soon to see.\r
Pros: Friendly service, My daughter loved the hot dog and rice!
Cons: The grownup food