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“Not for vegetarians” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Korea Garden & Restaurant

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Korea Garden & Restaurant
Ranked #29 of 52 Restaurants in Blue Bell
Cuisines: Asian, Korean
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Norristown, Pennsylvania
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47 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
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“Not for vegetarians”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 26, 2013

This is actually a Korean and Japanese Restaurant, although the Japanese menu options are fewer, and almost none are vegan, or even vegetarian. My veggie roll was so-so. My dining partner ordered a noodle dish; when it arrived, it had a large piece of gray (seriously) beef on top of it. Our server didn't speak much English, so she called someone over who spoke better English; she understood, but her decision was to simply remove the beef. A better restaurant, or at least one that understood that vegetarians don't even want meat touching their food, would have sent it back to the kitchen.

Also, if you don't like the sight if raw meat, don't go. The brazier tables next to us had large piles of raw meat on them.

Visited January 2013
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Ambler
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“attentive, personalized service...our waitress could not do enough for us”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 13, 2012

Quiet Korean restaurant with great personalized service. Our waitress answered all of our questions regarding the dishes, made suggestions for us, returned often to make sure we had everything we needed to enjoy the meal.

  • Visited March 2012
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Collegeville, Pennsylvania
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25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
“Good food and different experience..”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 14, 2009

We tried this restaurant Feb 2009 to try a different place than the normal strip mall restaurant in the 'burbs. Its not a large place but probably don't really need a reservation unless you have large party (was just two of us). We went with the Korean BBQ plate where you get a bunch of meat on a plate to cook plus lots of sides to eat with the meat. There is a burner in the middle of the table that they turn on.

The servers are nice but somewhat limited English so you can't chat too much with them but they can answer simple questions and take your order. Would definately come back here again when we want non-American style restaurant. You do sort of have a smell after you leave cause you are so close to the burner cooking the meat but otherwise its fine.

    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Philadelphia
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75 restaurant reviews
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“Tasty Korean Barbecue, Service Not so Great”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 19, 2008

In search of a new and different food experience, we tried out Korea Garden, a Korean/Japanese combo restaurant in the Philadelphia suburb of Blue Bell, PA. Our party of 8 included 4 adults and 4 teens. We had never tried Korean barbecue before, but knew that it involved cooking meat on a grill in your table. This sounded like fun, and it turned out to be an enjoyable and tasty experience, despite some issues with service.

We started with appetizers of Haemul Pajeon (seafood and scallion pancake, $12.95) and Mandoo Kui (pan fried dumplings, 11 for $9.95). The pancake was very tasty, and was cut into portions so we could share it all the way around. The plate of dumplings, similar to Chinese dumplings, disappeared in seconds. Some people also ordered sushi, which was only so-so.

Next we ordered several items on the barbecue menu based on our server's recommendations, including Bulgo Kui (marinated sliced rib eye, $17.95), which was probably the best of the selections. We also ordered Seafood Kui, at $22.95, which came with a selection of shrimp, lobster tail, mussels, and squid. Each portion of barbecue serves 2 people.

Here comes the fun part. The server lit the circular gas grill inset into our table, and cooked the food on the grill for us. Note, this is not like a hibachi experience, there are no theatrics, but it is nice to see and smell the food cooking in front of you. Our server demonstrated how to eat the meat by placing it on a half piece of lettuce, adding some soy bean paste, garlic and sliced radish, and wrapping it into a bundle. Small tasty vegetable side dishes (banchan) come with the meal, including Kim Chi, the fiery cabbage dish that is typically Korean. Fortunately, pitchers of water on our table were handy to quench the heat! All in all, we really enjoyed this food and would return again to repeat the barbecue experience, and try some other items we missed out on like Bibimbap (?) which looked interesting.

Some negatives here: the service in this restaurant is kind of slow and the staff do not speak English well. Our experience did not start well as we were seated and then ignored for ten minutes. We finally got the attention of our server who took our drink order, but got everything mixed up bring a Kirin instead of a Heineken, and a Coors instead of a Corona. On the plus side, our server was helpful in explaining (in somewhat broken English) the various types of Korean food on the menu and gave us helpful recommendations

Prices are moderate, and wine and beer (including Korean and Japanese brands) are available.

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