Set in a low-rise industrial area north of Chinatown, majordomo is in a bit of a strange location for New York Chef David Chang's first foray into Los Angeles. Yet the semi-industrial vibe is very popular today, along with the expansion of restaurants into non-traditional neighborhoods for dining, so... why not?
Loud and bustling, and distinctly Korean-American fusion with strong forays into straight up Korean and straight up American dishes. Jumeokbap, the fried potatoes with chili and peanuts, the pistachio dessert, not to mention most of the liquors served all lead to a very Korean or Korean-fusion feel. Then things swing all the way to the American side with whole prime rib (nom). In-between was the pork plate with three kinds of pork, including both roasted, glazed, and a sausage...
The attention given to the group was impressive, including introductions of majordomo's restaurant manager (Christine Larroucau, who supervised the whole event), chief sommelier (Richard Hargreave), and sous chef (apologies, I did not get his name!).
The pre-meal buffet was a bit disorganized, but once the meal got rolling it was great. Most dishes were solid but overall, execution was excellent. Prime rib was very tasty, especially from a place you wouldn't expect to focus on beef, but had a large chunk of fat that, well, didn't look very pretty when served. And just to reinforce, the huge not-lasagna lasagna was ridiculous.
After some uneven experiences at other locations (Momofuku Noodle Bar's various locations in particular), I wasn't sure what to expect from majordomo. In this case, job well done. Finally, special thanks to Katie B. at Yelp for setting up the event!