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“Average at Best”

Mama's House Restaurant
Ranked #444 of 2,453 Restaurants in Indianapolis
Cuisines: Korean
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Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed December 3, 2012

Service:
Yes part of the fun of Korean BBQ is to cook the meat yourself, it's part of the experience but usually (referring to NYC/ New Jersey Korean restaurants) attendants are expected to come around and make sure you aren't burning the living hell out of your meats and cutting them up for you and making sure they change the grill plate every so often.... At Mama's House even though the place was virtually empty these things were not done.

Cleanliness:
Its okay.. i think the dimness of the restaurant makes it seem a little "dirty" but that's just me

Food:
The marinade was weak and the Galbi & Bulgolgi virtually had no flavor to it what so ever. The Japchae was water which I've never seen before.... there were however an abundance of side dishes and their egg drop soup was not like the MSG filled kind you would get from a Chinese take out and I must say those were quite tasty.
You get to cook your meats on a charcoal grill vs a gas grill..therefore you don't exactly come out smelling disgusting

All in all considering its one of the only places in the Indianapolis areas that serves Korean BBQ... its a decent place.. but if you're coming from a city with an abundance of Korean BBQ joints... I'd suggest looking to eat elsewhere

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Thank Patricia L
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Reviewed June 25, 2012

Have eaten here several times since learning about the location and have definite plans to return. The strip mall location and ambiance contribute nothing but a reinforcement to the authenticity and value of this long standing restaurant. The staff is charmingly well-intentioned and the food is wildly fascinating. I recently had a lunch special of sautéed squid with rice and condiments for $5.99. Everything is drenched in Korean red pepper. Very tasty and intriguing.

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Thank Anniebonnie
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Reviewed April 23, 2012

I read the reviews on Tripadvisor (both good and bad), and decided to give it a try. First thing I noticed was that cooking Bolgolgi (sp?) at the table was done with REAL charcoal, and not just a domed hot plate----THIS IS A PLUS!!! The staff is "engrish" challanged, but "more food" was conveyed through the appropriate hand gestures.
Fun place. Worth a trip.

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Reviewed January 23, 2012

My wife and I have dined here at least a dozen times over the past decade. Nothing really changes here. The dining room is one of those places where you could convince yourself that it's 1992. It is not particularly high on atmosphere. But the Korean food is very good and the service reasonable, regardless of whether you choose the grill tables or a regular one. The side dishes served with the barbeque dishes are always of good quality and vary from time to time. The meat for barbeque has varied in its quality, but is consistently good. The soups are also quite good. Service is usually attentive. We've taken our children there multiple times (usually early) and they accomodate them well. There is usually at least one other family with young children there. Prices are generally reasonable for the quantity and quality of food, but it is not a cheap meal for a family. We've recommended it to many and will continue to frequent.

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1  Thank jef-ind
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Reviewed June 28, 2010

I love Korean bbq and Mama's delivers a good experience. I've had Korean bbq in DC, NYC and LA. Most places have gas grills built into the table tops, but at Mama's they use live coals. The crazy thing is they carry out a pail full of flaming lump charcoal! They carry this through the restaurant to your table and start a fire in the middle of your table! I love it! The servers usually start the grilling process and you sort of take over the grilling (and eating) as the meat is cooked to your liking. It's best to let the meat cook long enough to get a tiny bit of char on the edges, caramelizing the sugar in the marinade really builds up the flavor. The kalbi (korean beef short ribs) are very good if you like a rich well marbled albeit chewy cut. They also have boolgogi for those of you who like beef to be more tender and a touch leaner. The best is the spicy pork boolgogi or daeji gui, the spicy marinade is the best, for reals. When you order the bbq dinner an assortment of side dishes known as ban chan are also presented plus lettuce, scallion salad and ssam jang for wrapping the grilled meats. All kinds of housemade pickles (kimchi, radish kimchi, sesame spinach, seasoned mung bean sprouts, pickled garlic scapes, seasoned greens, sauteed squash, etc.) are traditional accompaniments to any Korean meal.
I always order the Hae Mul Pa Jon, or seafood pancake. It's a savory pancake with green onions, zucchini, and a mix of shrimp, calamari, and mussels. Mix your own dipping sauce with the soy sauce, splash of vinegar, and red pepper flakes, but it's good plain, too. It is large, so be sure to have people to share it with you as an appetizer. Actually, it always ends up coming out with the meal so we never actually get to eat it as an appetizer, but as ban chan.
Another good entree is the dolsot bibimbap. Rice, veggies, meat, and an egg in a smoking hot stone bowl. The heat from the bowl cooks the raw egg as you mix everything all up. Add some of the red sauce that is served on the side to add a little heat and more flavor. It is so delicious! One of my favorite meals.

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Thank cookiemoms
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