We were hungry coming to the restaurant. We were told it was 45 mins. wait time at 8pm, on a Saturday. It was ok because the menu had so many choices so my friend went ahead and used the time to browse thru. It didn't take that long a wait to get seated tho. Unfortunately, we waited about 10 more mins before a waiter noticed us when we were already seated. Restaurant was not full & looked a bit understaffed, but we would have appreciated if someone had the initiative to stop by our table and asked what we wanted to drink for the time being. Servers just paced back and forth. I actually had to wave my hand to get noticed. So yeah, wait time did turn out to be 45 mins.
POSITIVE THOUGHTS: Restaurant was easy to find. Atmosphere was inviting and you don't leave smelling too stinky from the grilling that goes on inside. They have good exhaust. The servers and wait staff seem friendly. At least when we were given our orders, a server finally got the chance to stop by and check on us a few minutes after being served.
My dol sot bibimbap seemed to be lacking in taste. It's good that they control portions for salt in their food and leave it to a customer to season it, but somehow, I feel there's something lacking. I just put in more gochujang (that red sauce) so I don't get too disappointed. I know one can prefer to put in shredded beef or thinly sliced beef strips but the beef in my food seemed more like a small lump of canned corned beef. I seriously had to really dig through my food. Well, I had to anyway since that's how the food is eaten. The veggies were plentiful at least. I've been to many Korean restaurants here in the US and in Asia so I can't say I don't know much about Korean food. My friend got herself the beef bone soup and wasn't too ecstatic about it either. Their jap chae (vermicelli with veggies) was done right, at least to my palate. It was tasty, veggies were not overcooked and the noodles wasn't soggy. I know there's much more in the menu but I purposely got the "safe" choices and usually just go a little bit adventurous when I come back at an establishment-- that is, when I get impressed on the "traditional" fare that I experience the first time. Needless to say, I am torn between coming back and giving them a second chance, or I'll just stick to the old hole-in-the-wall type Korean resto Peppero where I usually go to. Everyone was giving excellent reviews, but it's either I'm too picky with food & service, or I'm really just missing out on something and someone needs to let me know what it is.
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