Blue Stones Korean in Santa Clara
Blue Stones Korean restaurant took over the spot which housed several failed restaurants – both Korean and Indian – in recent years and seemed to be lasting longer than the other ones. The large signs outside has the Chinese characters for Soon Tofu dish. A Korean sign also declares that the Naengmyun season has started.
It has picked a good spot for a full-service Korean restaurant. Along the Santa Clara Soontofu row, there are many restaurants specializing in Soontofu or Kalbi, but not many which has the full range of Korean items from Soontofu to Kalbi, from the Jigae (stewed pots) to Dokkuk (rice cakes), and the standard Bibimbop and Yook Gae Jang.
We tried the Dol-sot Bibimbop (mixed veggie over rice in hot stone pot) and the Mool Naengmyun (cold vermicelli noodle in soup). The naengmyun was not very good. The noodle was kind of weak and did not have a good texture. The soup was also pretty bland.
The Bibimbop was a little better. It had the yellow bean sprouts, spinach, carrots, ginseng strips, mushroom, beef, and the egg over easy on top. However, the hot sauce was not very good – watery and not spicy at all. The amount of oil used to grease the stone pot was minimal, which is good. It also came with a small bowl of miso soup.
Overall, the Bibimbop was good enough to go back for, however, the price is very high at $10.95. There are many other Korean places charging several dollars less for the same dish. So I don’t think we’ll be going back to this place – there are many other good Korean restaurants in the area with better food and cheaper prices.
3530 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA