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Reviewed January 31, 2020

The restaurant is small but has a cozy feel to it instead of claustrophobic. The food is good and authentic, and well worth the menu prices that are listed. Busy even on a week night, but for a very good reason. Service seems to be...centered around the idea of taking your time with the meal instead of rushing through your food, but that isn't always a bad thing. Definitely worth a look.More

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed January 9, 2019 via mobile

Be Bim Bop, Kaki Mondu and Bulgogi were excellent. Can’t go wrong here. The kimchi was great with about 10 sides provided with the meal. The hot, spicy paste was just like in Korea.

Date of visit: January 2019
Reviewed May 4, 2018

Went for lunch with some co-workers and had an amazing meal. One of our group was an English teacher for some time in Korea and had recommended the restaurant. I am so glad she did because the food was extremely authentic and quite delicious. The...meals came with some great shared items for the table which got refilled as they ran out. The super friendly woman who waited on was really helpful and took great care of us. I would highly recommend this place!More

Date of visit: May 2018
Reviewed April 1, 2018 via mobile

Food was tasty. Prices are in line with other Korean restaurants ~$37 for dinner for two after tip and tax without having any drinks. Service is average - you have to be aware that typical service in a Korean restaurant is to call the server...over to you when something is needed. This place serves authentic food if you need to get you fix of kimchi, but nothing spectacular about service or price. Guess I'll have to eat at the other Korean restaurants in town so I can properly rank them - it's a tough life ;-)More

Date of visit: March 2018
Reviewed March 11, 2018

I've eaten at two Korean restaurants in the Nashville area, and this one was very good. The staff was very attentive for a busy Saturday at lunch. We had the bimimbap in the heated bowl, and it was excellent. I thought the restaurant and ladies...restroom was clean unlike another reviewer. Maybe they cleaned up the place since their visit. The area of town is a internationally mixed area with several other international groceries, shops and restaurants.More

Date of visit: February 2018
Reviewed March 6, 2018 via mobile

The food was excellent. As good as I’ve ever had. No joke. I could eat here every day. I’m a Korean food snob. I seek it out wherever I travel and usually go alone as my family is not as addicted. Trust me, you will...not be disappointed. Enjoy!More

Date of visit: March 2018
Reviewed March 3, 2018 via mobile

I had good Korean style BBQ and kimch. This restaurant has nice kimch. I had a marinated beef dish and it has lots of vegetables as well. The volume was great! I enjoyed a lot.

Date of visit: March 2018
Reviewed October 20, 2017

What a sad, nasty little dump. My girlfriend and I have eaten at hundreds of restaurants all over the world and this is the FIRST place we've ever WALKED OUT of. It was the lone bad experience that contaminated an otherwise superb total eclipse 2017...journey to TN and KY. We are Korean food and culture enthusiasts and try to sample the offerings in every place we travel to, but the rude, dour women who run this dump were starkly intolerable. They do not seem to like, uh, "outsiders" and are not afraid to show it. Upon entering, I noticed dirty corners and carpet. The table at which we were seated by an astoundingly sour wench devoid of the slightest courtesy was sticky and nasty. I glanced at the poor fellow seated across from us as he chewed and tugged at what was apparently the toughest piece of galbi in history, muttering something like "THIS is what I get for almost $20???" The more I looked at it, the less it looked like galbi. The more I smelled it, the less it smelled like galbi. Now, I'm not a biologist, but it didn't even seem like it came from a cow. I'm willing to give 51% odds that it was a mammal of some sort, I guess, but it looked and smelled distinctly unbovine to me. The less said about the restrooms, the better. I shudder merely thinking about them and I've spend time in several third world nations, not to mention Oklahoma and Tennessee. We sat there for 32 minutes while acting very friendly and were not acknowledged in any way after being seated. No menus, no water, no nothing. Eye contact with the owner was made several times, but she ignored us for no discernible reason. The waitress walked by us 5 times with zero acknowledgment. After 20 minutes, we decided to eat elsewhere but sat another 12 minutes in amazement just as a social experiment. Still ignored, we walked out and enjoyed a great meal and fine service at Thai Papaya a short distance away. If you like terrible service and the challenge of trying to figure out what kind of meat is stuck to that little bone, this is the place for you.More

Date of visit: August 2017
Reviewed October 19, 2017 via mobile

I lived in Korea for 2 years and the minute that kimchi touched my lips it’s like I went back to my favorite little hole in the wall in Seoul! I ate the spicy Squid stir fry and really enjoyed it. My friend ate the...seafood tofu soup and it was good also! The food tasted exactly as it would in Korea. The sides are served just like they would be in Korea. The prices are reasonable for Korean food in America. The cute little Korean ladies serving us were funny and helpful!More

Date of visit: October 2017
Reviewed August 23, 2017

My family (no young kids) came to Nashville to see the eclipse. We chose this restaurant the night before the eclipse because we like Korean food and it was close to our hotel. The food was delicious. The setting was fairly utilitarian, which was fine...by us. Our only quibble was that the restaurant was very understaffed that night, clearly not expecting the convergence of families in town to drop off college students and families in town to see the eclipse; the couple at the next table said that they'd never seen the place so packed on a Sunday night before. The staff was trying their absolute best to contend with the volume, but it was simply not possible. The food was great, and I expect that they'll be more prepared if a total eclipse brings another horde of diners in the future. If I'm ever back in Nashville, I'll want to visit again!More

Date of visit: August 2017
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