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Song Pa replaces Totoro in Mountain View

Uploaded: Feb 16, 2016
One Korean restaurant out, and another moves in: Longtime downtown Mountain View eatery Totoro was replaced last week by Song Pa Korean Cuisine.

Family-run Totoro, which served traditional Korean food from a tiny space at 241 Villa St. since 2002, recently closed.

One of Totoro's bento special's was bulgogi, marinated beef with house sauce served with tempura, noodles, rice, kimchi, soup and other vegetables. Photo by Michelle Le.

A family that owned a Korean restaurant in Pleasanton called Song Pa took over the space and opened a second restaurant of the same name, owner Anna Won said Tuesday. She said she owns Song Pa with her brother and mother. The family sold the Pleasanton restaurant before moving to the Mountain View area, she said.

Song Pa's menu is similar to Totoro's, with dishes like bibimbap, kimchi fried rice, japchae and bulgogi. There’s also an entire vegetarian section on the menu.

Song Pa is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day of the week except Sunday


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Posted by Keith, a resident of Castro City,
on Feb 16, 2016 at 10:13 pm

I loved Totoro. The owners were such nice people and the food was excellent. I will miss this place and hope the new restaurant is reasonably priced and not pretentious.

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Posted by Reader, a resident of another community,
on Feb 17, 2016 at 7:02 am


I have walked by this restaurant under the new ownership and I assure you that the decor could not be described as pretentious.

If you click on the hyperlink labeled "menu" in Elena's post, you can see the prices and judge for yourself.

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Posted by Max Hauser, a resident of Mountain View,
on Feb 17, 2016 at 10:01 am

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Good food in my experiences with the new place. Friends who knew Totoro praised Song Pa's versions of familiar dishes, and Song Pa seems to get plenty of customers. Also the space was lightly remodeled and the furnishings updated.

I think Totoro regulars will be pleased. Song Pa seems like Totoro's hand-picked successor, and in regular contact with the Kim family that operated Totoro, so there are connections.

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Posted by resident, a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown,
on Feb 17, 2016 at 10:53 am

The menu sounds like pretty generic Americanized Korean food. How does the quality compare to the Korean restaurants in Sunnyvale and Santa Clara?

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Posted by Max Hauser, a resident of Mountain View,
on Feb 17, 2016 at 11:40 am

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Reader: Try it, and judge for yourself! Song Pa's menu so far (due for expansion later, they said) features some of the most _popular_ Korean dishes found in the Bay Area, so they will be found in many such restaurants; its kitchen appears to be run by Korean immigrants (as with Totoro). My own point of comparison is Totoro -- a gem of a local restaurant with its warm owners, and very popular; on that measure, Song Pa has looked and cooked well. The famous cluster of eight or so Korean restaurants around the 95051 Zip code (Santa Clara near Sunnyvale) is a world unto itself, and if someone is choosing to drive some distance already for Korean food, I might suggest going there; whereas I have the impression that Totoro's customer base tended to live or work nearby.

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Posted by Max Hauser, a resident of Mountain View,
on Feb 17, 2016 at 5:32 pm

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Correction: My previous comment was addressed not to Reader but to "resident, a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown."

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Posted by Anonymous, a resident of East Palo Alto,
on Feb 17, 2016 at 10:25 pm

Would visit if there were a gluten-free menu. Likely the soy sauces/bibimbap sauce contain gluten. Would be perfect if they had potato noodles too. Sizzling Stone in Milpitas has my favorite dolsot bibimbap around here thus far.

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Posted by Reader, a resident of another community,
on Feb 18, 2016 at 10:38 am

@Anonymous (from East Palo Alto).

There is a good chance that some of their dishes are gluten free, but you will have to ask them directly. In the same way, there are likely some vegetarian/vegan dishes, but aren't called out specifically as that category.

A lot of ethnic restaurants have dishes that fit those categories, but may not be directly marketed that way.

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Posted by Lauren, a resident of Los Altos Hills,
on Feb 20, 2016 at 5:26 pm

Absolutely delicious spicy pork, pickled veggies, potatoes, and superb tea! My sister had long recommended Totoro's and a friend and I decided to try it and were informed it had just closed, but found it was reopened as Song Pa. Huge servings, so we got doggy bags and enjoyed dinners for a couple of more nights! Nice and quiet so we could carry on a good conversation.

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