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“Korean/Cajun fusion in an intimate fashion” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Mokomandy

Mokomandy
20789 Great Falls Plz, Unit 176, Sterling, VA 20165-2496
571-313-0505
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Ranked #1 of 205 Restaurants in Sterling
Cuisines: Cajun & Creole, Korean
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Algonkian Parkway
Transit: Great Falls Plaza - Loudoun County Commuter Bus
Description: Modern. Korean. Cajun.
Potomac Falls, Virginia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Korean/Cajun fusion in an intimate fashion”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

Mokomandy is located in the spot that was vacated by Hooked at Great Falls Plaza when Hooked moved to their larger location. We were very sad to see Hooked move to their new location but our tears were turned to cheers when Mokomandy opened (note: the new Hooked is not what it used to be so beware but that is another review). Having lived near Annandale for almost 17 years, we really missed not being able to go down the block to a good Korean restaurant. Although Mokomandy is a fusion restaurant, the Korean flavors we have grown to love are very much present. Add to that a Cajun influence and you can get spicy offerings that are sure to please.

Moko dishes are meant to be shared. They have different plate sizes so depending on your group you can try a few or as many as you like. My favorite dish is their house-made noodles. The dish is unique and quite spicy. Moko modifies their menu periodically depending on the popularity of certain dishes (and maybe seasonal) so you can always find something new and exciting to try. Moko has limited seating and can be a bit on the expensive side if you get multiple dishes but it is worth the higher price. For an intimate evening instead of “going out to eat”, make reservations to have a true “dining experience”. Two forks up!

  • Visited April 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
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41 restaurant reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Creative menu hampered by small space”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013 via mobile

The Mokomandy fusion of Korean and New Orleans cuisine yields a varied and delicious result. The Korean potroast sliders and Wild Boar Bowl were excellent and something to be experienced. The Fried Oysters were too heavily battered but not a bad choice. The physical space of the restaurant is limiting for a place as popular as this.

Before you leave Mokomandy try the French press coffee and a desert of your choice to finish an excellent evening.

Visited August 2013
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maryland
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51 restaurant reviews
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58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
“Great food, great service !!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

Believe the hype - this place is great!

Food - delicious and creative. We shared the fried oysters, deviled eggs, seared tuna, pot roast sliders ( sooooo yummy ) , shrimp & grits, scallops and fish special. Believe it or not, all were fantastic. The Korean dishes were definitely not traditional Korean fare ( I am Korean as are my 3 dining companion friends ) but really tasty nonetheless.

Service - excellent. Our table for 4 was not quite ready when we arrived, they comped us each a drink while we waited ( not more than 10 minutes ). The white sangria was delish. Jason was our server and he was outstanding. This was our first visit and he was spot on with all of his recommendations. He was attentive and fun.

Ambience - strip mall location notwithstanding, the inside decor is airy and modern despite the fact that it is a small restaurant.

Cannot wait to return.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Top-Notch Service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

My family and I stayed in Sterling, VA for a night from NYC. We visited Mokomandy after reading the wonderful reviews. The restaurant is quite contemporary and fashionable, with comfortable aluminum chairs and lots of mirrors. The menu has a solid mix of Korean and Cajun foods. You can order small plates, medium plates or large plates-- great for mixing and matching.

I've never had such outstanding and caring service before in an upscale restaurant. The waiter made a mistake with my order. When we (casually) mentioned the mistake, he immediately told the head chef/owner, who came out to apologize for the mistake, and immediately rectified the situation.

It was amazing because we very casually mentioned the mistake (I was too busy eating the other delicious entrees to really be bothered), yet the staff has a proactive policy to rectify any problems. The owner made us feel welcome and at home. I think this is the mark of a wonderful restaurant, and highly recommend it to any one in the area.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Sterling, Virginia, United States
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“Simply a total sensory delight”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

Lived in Sterling for 16 years and I have finally found a restaurant that rivals places I have been to around the globe. It is a very small space hidden in a rather non descript strip mall in Sterling, Va. The restaurant is beautifully designed in contemporary fashion with large comfortable chairs. It feels clean and inviting. Our server was very efficient and friendly. This restaurant has only been here for 3 years but the word is absolutely out and you will need a reservation. I love great food but I really appreciate food presentation. The menu is only one page long and I appreciate that they are not trying to create so many dishes that they lose their unique style. The food was light and you could taste the freshness. We even had room for desert which never happens! I will recommend this restaurant highly to anyone who appreciates fine food, beautiful presentation and affordable prices!!

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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