This was one of those times where you take a chance on a place you've never seen nor heard of and it pans out. We tried this one simply because we had been out all day and happened to somehow end up making one last stop in Woodhill, then realize we were actually kind of hungry. I'm no snob, but Woodhill is not typically the first area that springs to mind when someone mentions eating great food.
While Koreana is certainly not going to win any awards for decor, it was packed - and packed by people speaking native Korean tongue. There was also a small group of people who seem to be regulars, based on the friendly banter with the manager(/owner?) and waitstaff. When I witness either of these two things I feel more secure in my choice, and seeing both at Koreana was great. I don't think I would take unadventurous loved ones to Koreana (this was discussed at our dinner table while enjoying our food), but it's a nice little out of the way spot with good food. I love that these exist all over Lexington.
I can't speak in depth about Korean food and I have little frame of reference. That said, the food was delicious. I had the Hae Mul Pa Jeon - Korean pancakes with vegetables or a meat of your choice. They were wonderful. I also tried the Nak Ji Bok Eum - fried octopus and vegetables - ordered by someone I was dining with, and it was even better than what I ordered!
We were also served the obligatory soup and salad, perfect little portions that nearly always fill me up and cause me to eat only half my entree. Though I've had better at other similar restaurants, I was quite pleased with the soup and salad at Koreana.
Overall, a nice place I may not "frequent" but my first visit will not be my last. Taking a chance on a place I've never heard of paid off this time!
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