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“Can't keep it a secret anymore...” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Mokomandy

20789 Great Falls Plz, Unit 176, Sterling, VA 20165-2496
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Ranked #1 of 199 Restaurants in Sterling
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Asian, Korean, Cajun & Creole, Spanish
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Algonkian Parkway
Transit: Great Falls Plaza - Loudoun County Commuter Bus
Description: Modern. Korean. Cajun.
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22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Can't keep it a secret anymore...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

Its small, unassuming, next to a Dunkin Donuts and Subway, amazingly wonderful restaurant with incredible food in Sterling Va. Other writers have said that its a small place and sometimes it is cramped but its in Sterling, Va not in DC where just trying to drive into and out of in all the traffic requires patience and determination not to mention trying to find a parking space and at the end of it all not being too stressed that you can't enjoy the food which is really the reason you come to this restaurant - the food is unique and flavorful and doesn't fit into the mold of your better known expensive food chains that give you the basics no matter what location you are in - this food is Cajun Korean and the combinations are truly wonderful - the kale chips rock as does the pot roast sliders and kimchi pancakes but then you have the beef beloggi and the shrimp and grits and steak frites which makes you want to come back again and again - so make a reservation and remember that it is a small place but take a breathe and realize that you don't have to be a 'warrior' heading into battle trying to manueuver your way around the Belt Way traffic, all you have to do is drive right up and enjoy

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
Thank ParisUnv
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Herndon, Virginia
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Cramped, pretentious, but tastey”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

warning: don't sit anywhere near the door as there is no barrier when the door opens to the cold winds. food was flavorful, but small portions. Server was pretentious when we inquired further explanation on one of the dishes, like we were putting him off. $75 with no alcohol for 2 people seemed excessive. Maybe we got them on an off night?

  • Visited March 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
Thank Lana S
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Cedarburg, WI
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Korean-Cajun fusion in casual, fine dining atmosphere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

We had a great experience at Mokomandy on a weeknight as 3 adults, 2 children and a baby. Don't be fooled by the shopping center neighbors that are fast food chains. This is a unique, culinary experience. The menu has items that are in groups of small, medium, and large servings. Under small, the deviled eggs and platter of 3 Korean potroast sliders were perfect for children to share. (There is an interesting kids' menu, but we opted for items on the regular one.) Under medium, the fish of the day (mine was tile fish) was wonderfully prepared with a sweet potato-pecan-mushroom hash that was truly divine. Shrimp Etoufee was a treat, owing to the cajun tradition. Under large, the chap che (beef-mushroom-noodle dish) and the poutine (fries with sausage & gravy) were grandiose enough to share a portion with others.

As if all this wasn't enough, we finished off the meal with a small french press carafe of coffee to share, and several items from the dessert menu that were cajun-inspired. The rum bread pudding topped with a banana caramel ice cream was a stand-out as was the pineapple upside down cake with a cherry cream mousse. Beignets are also on the dessert menu but we did not try them.

The beer, wine and drink list is extensive. The beer list is so lengthy, but it helps to know that it is arranged from light to dark, top to bottom. We brought our own entertainment accessories for the kids, but an even greater hit were the bendable squiggle sticks that were given to the children by the wait staff.

It was a pricey evening, but sooo enjoyable. Make sure you make reservations. The wait staff even called us after we returned home to alert us to one of our possessions left behind.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
Thank Mary C
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14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Yet another Excellent Review”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

If you are anywhere close to this place, just go. Expensive and worth every penny.

This was our second visit. Wrath Chardonnay was our wine of choice.

We had 3 of their small plate starters. Mixed Fries, Jalapeno Hush-Puppies and Korean Cucumber Salad. All awesome, but the hush-puppies got better later.

For our main we had the Kobe Carpaccio and the Medium Modern Korean Scallops. The carpaccio just melts in your mouth. Topped with a semi-sweet glaze and a few pink peppercorns, it is a VERY nice dish.

The scallops....where to start....They are first off, cooked perfectly. They are topped with an herb-orange foam and they sit on top of a very lightly fried slice of sweet potato that is then glazed with a sesame/honey mix. Under the sweet potatoes is this HEAVENLY mayo and pea puree. This combination is maybe the best single bite of food I have ever had. I am now making these at home for special meals. And I said the hush-puppies got better? Take them, and dip into the mayo from the scallops and you have yet another perfect little bite!

The combo of the three starters plus the small and medium main is likely not enough if you are very hungry but fit us fine that evening.

With tip, this put us a little over $110. Like I said expensive, but I would do it all over again tomorrow. Reservations are MUST. Don't bother trying to show up and get seated. MAYBE at the bar, but you are better off getting a res.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
Thank jimmyray_19
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Reston, Virginia
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265 reviews
223 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
“Exotic... in a great way”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

The fusion of cajun and Korean is truly unique. You won't find this blend anywhere else in the DC area, that is for sure. Even their specialty cocktails are a treat. Don't be fooled by the shopping center facade, the restaurant is energetic, modern and sleek. They offer many smaller tapas style dishes so it is a great place to share with friends or family. The one piece of advice is that you have to be adventerous with some of their dishes as they can be quite innovative and novel. The one down side (or is it a good side) is that the location is basically in great falls which is a nightmare to get to on a weeknight bc of the commuters that live in Loudon County.

  • Visited May 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
Thank LessWork M
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