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“Great food and a show for under $25 per person.”
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Ah-Lang Restaurant
Cuisines: Asian, Korean
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Kauai, Hawaii
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57 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Great food and a show for under $25 per person.”
Reviewed August 14, 2012

We had a blast! The Angry Korean Lady was actually very nice, even though she did decide to close about 1/2 hour after we sat down and got a bit upset when people insisted on coming in despite the closed sign. She said she was tired of cooking. We were amused, but we knew to expect this. The food was excellent. BYOB. Your best bet is to get there right when she opens and write your order and give it to her ASAP. It's first come, first cooked and served. If you walk into a full restaurant you could wait a long time.

Follow the posted rules, and you'll be fine.

  • Visited August 2012
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Thank pzp
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English first
Honolulu, Hawaii
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“this place is out of question”
Reviewed August 2, 2012

Me and my friend can't believe our experience there. Yes, the lady had such a nasty attitude. I asked the lady simple question about food nicely. She started to screaming to us for no reason and got nasty more and more and told us to leave. She said "No food for you!" What's up with that? What kind of restaurant is that? We left right away and will never go back there. Food might be good there. But the lady's attitude is out of question before we check the quality of food. I can't believe nobody ever filed complain about this place.

Visited August 2012
1 Thank ellefcinc
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22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Don't Miss This Korean Dining Adventure!”
Reviewed May 6, 2011

After reading a review in "Honolulu" Magazine, we were very interested in trying the food here. The review spoke highly of the food and of the quirky ambiance at the restaurant, which were both screaming, "go here!" [Sorry this review is so long, but this is not your average restaurant of any kind!]

If you like authentic Korean food, this place is a must. If you're unfamiliar with Korean food, read reviews first and go with some recommendations. We ordered the following: meat jun, thinly sliced seasoned beef sauteed lightly in egg -- so delicious and delicate, it literally melts in your mouth; fried specialty wings that were marinated, topped with finely cut vegetables and so tasty, it was hard to eat just one; bulgogi, Korean de riguer meat dish, sauteed, marinated beef sliced in thin pieces that had the hints of garlic, green onion, soyu, ginger; kimchee jun, which is like a kimchee pancake (how can I describe this unusual taste of kimchee -- spicy, pickled cabbage combined with an eggy pancake that had flavors that all complemented each other?) without the heaviness of flour (mostly egg); beef soon dobu, or soft tofu soup, which had a rich, flavorful broth, huge chunks of tofu, sliced beef, and vegetables; steamed mandoo, or delicate hand-made dumplings with finely chopped vegetables and meat that we were instructed to cut open in the middle and spoon some sauce over (more about that later!). Not all dishes came with rice, so we ordered extra rice so everyone had their own bowl of rice, The servings were huge and we ate "family style" so everyone was able to try everything. The food is made to order -- that is, once the owner gets to your order, she makes everything for your table. Everything was cooked perfectly, so that each dish and its own flavors, unique and mouth-watering, were unmistakable. Trust me.

Okay, now the quirks, which were more daunting than the actual experience. The "rumors" about the "angry Korean lady" are like the news of Mark Twain's death -- greatly exaggerated. Okay, not greatly, but exaggerated to be sure. Once you walk into the small restaurant and find one of the 6 tables suitable for your group, you will find a list of instructions that you MUST follow -- or be yelled at by the owner! The owner is cook, server, dish washer -- you get the idea. She works alone and does everything. Hence, the rules. You need to legibly write the dishes you want on the pad of paper at the table, followed by the price (which includes tax), including the level of "spicy" that you want from 1-8. (We chose 6 and it was fine!) Once you've decided your order, someone needs to walk to the kitchen and hand your order to the owner, preferably with an opened bottle of beer. This ensures a more cheerful outcome. (It is BYOB, but she will charge you a "corkage" fee if you bring beer or wine and do not offer her some.) If you want water, you need to get it from the refrigerator in the back (beware of not closing the door or doing it correctly!), or you can grab a soft drink from the cooler in the restaurant -- just be sure to add it to your bill.

The reputation of the Angry Korean Lady is that if you don't follow her directions, any of them, you will be greeted by a fierce yell and scolding -- which was true. Move the tables? NO! Unless you move them in a certain direction. Lean on the table? NO! If you break the glass top, you have to pay for it. Get water from the refrigerator? NO! Unless you do it correctly. One customer was so nervous that when he took his beer with his order to the kitchen, he was frantically asking if anyone had an bottle opener lest he get scolded for bringing a beer that she couldn't drink. All was well when someone gently pointed out that it was a twist-off bottle cap!

This is all to say that it was truly an adventure and a good one at that. The food was so rich with texture and flavor and the quirky ambiance made it an enjoyable and memorable experience. Her hours say she closes at nine, or whenever she felt like it, and while we were there, she locked the door before 8 p.m., saying she was "done" for the night. Several groups came after the door was locked, puzzled that she was closed when they thought she closed at 9, but obviously, they had not been there before or they would have understood.

The only con was that we were the last group to get our order in, thus the last group to get our food -- and we waited a long time. There were 5 tables ahead of us. And not that it wasn't worth the wait -- it was, but we were starved and had waited over an hour for our dinner. A word to the wise: make up your mind as quickly as you can and if the restaurant is full, be sure you are not the last table to get your order in.

Don't miss this Korean adventure -- it's fun, it's very reasonably priced, and the food is authentic and excellent. And, having a meal with the Angry Korean Lady will be an experience you will remember fondly and want to return to again and again. But, remember, don't forget to bring beer or wine (and not Yellowtail or Michelob light!), please.

  • Visited April 2011
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3 Thank rhodes19
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