The restaurant appears modest from the outside but the interior is appropriately and well decorated. The first thing I noticed was how friendly and polite the servers were. They rushed over to us right away to greet us and then hurried to clean up a table to seat us. They were very adorably "Korean".
Since there were only two of us, we only ordered the dolsot bibimbap (mixed vegetables, beef, fried egg and rice in a hot stone bowl) and the jap chae (stir fried clear noodles with pork and assorted vegetables). In fact, I had trouble finding the jap chae on the menu and a very friendly server came by and showed me where it was. Koreana's menu has all the traditional Korean cuisine items such as bulgogi, spicy soup, hot pot, noodles, and the table BBQ as well as several Chinese dishes.
The restaurant was moderately full on a weeknight and our food didn't take long to arrive. Our first dish, the jap chae, came along with the banchan. One look at the jap chae and we knew we wouldn't be able to finish. It was a large plate and the dish was heaping full with noodles. The jap chae was delicious and cooked perfectly. The noodles had a tad too much sauce but that's just my personal preference. The banchan was also good and we polished off the banchan dishes rather quickly.
Next came the dolsot bibimbap. It was very tasty but I find with most bibimbap, it's only good if you add hot sauce to it. So as usual, I added a healthy dose of the Korean hot sauce to my bibimbap and it was a definite winner. We devoured this dish between the two of us on the first try.
Our meal concluded with complimentary sihkye (traditional sweet Korean rice beverage) for dessert. I've had this dessert at other Korean restaurants and you can never go wrong with sweet water. This was no exception.
I had a really good visit to Koreana and enjoyed their good service, good food and good atmosphere. I will definitely be back to try some of their other dishes to see how well they fare.
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