Driving around Modesto, I noticed a flyer posted on a random telephone pole advertising Korean food. I was looking for a new place to try for lunch, so Korean sounded good, and I thought I would give the place a shot. The restaurant is called 'Korean Kitchen' located on the corner of Coffee Road at Floyd, it is a somewhat don-descript place located in a strip mall.
On the inside, the place is somewhat plain but clean.
When I arrived, I was somewhat surprised because the owner does not appear Korean, later he told me his wife and co-owner is Korean, and she does the cooking.
The menu was pretty standard, I decided on the grilled marinated chicken breast lunch special for $7. The food came out promptly and everything looked tasty.
The grilled chicken was plump, juicy, and delicious, it was nicely carmelized and tasted of the korean marinade and spices.
The lunch came with some yummy side dishes including 3 types of kimchi, marinated sprouts/broccoli, anchovies, rice, and salad. The cabbage Kimchi was awesome, it tasted super fresh, and had the perfect balance of cold, crunchy, bitter and spicy/sweet, and the marinated broccoli was also very good. The owner mentioned the kimchi was homemade.
Kudos to his wife.
Based off of my lunch, I give the place a 4/5.
I returned a different day, but this time for dinner, and I ordered the beef shortribs.
The short ribs had potential, but were poorly cooked because they were somewhat burnt,and tasted slightly bitter and uneven; but the meal was saved by the awesome sides dishes that I previously mentioned.
The place seemed pretty dead both times, which is unfortunate because the food is pretty good, and I definitely will go back.
As far as I know, it is the only Korean restaurant between Modesto and Merced.
Overall I give the place 3.5/5, it would have been 4, if it werent for the burnt short ribs.
If you go, I recommend experimenting with the menu, since every item may not be a winner, but I think the side dishes are worth the visit alone.
2400 Coffee Rd
Modesto, CA 95355
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