After reading many posts suggesting Seoul Garden as a top-rated Korean restaurant, I finally took the plunge and had dinner Saturday evening, 3/15/08.
To begin with, it was a dissappointment to find that there is now a new menu and they no longer serve the 30 dish special jeung ski. Nevertheless, we were still excited to try the several other dishes that have been suggested on this board at various times.
There was an extreme language challenge right from the start with only 1 person who spoke (sort-of) English on the staff that night. We had many questions about the various dishes, but in the end, had to just take a wild guess.
We were encouraged to see that besides us Anglos, everyone else in the restaurant appeared to be Asian and getting along quite well with the menu.
After a considerable amount of frustration, we decided on the BBQ beef (Bulgogi?) that I have enjoyed in many other Korean restaurants. We added a side order of fish soup hot pot, hot sake and the "special rice". The waitress came over with the charcoal and set up the BBQ for us and shortly after the Bulgogi arrived. After waiting about 10 minutes for our drinks to arrive, and after cutting the beef into strips, we put the beef on the BBQ grill surface.
It was immediately apparant that we had acted too soon as the meat just sat there doing nothing. We drank our hot sake (barely warm, served in a tea pot) in hopes that the fish soup would arrive while we waited for the grill to get up to temperature.
No such luck. We waited, waited, and finally after another 15 minutes had gone by we put some meat on the grill just to get it started. The meat took forever to get cooking! We asked the waitress to turn up the fan underneath the grill and boost the temperature, but she could not understand us, so we progressed ever so slowly.
When the meat finally did cook (somewhat), out of shear hunger, we wrapped it in the lettuce leaves (soggy wet) and began to eat. The flavor was absoutely horrible. Liver tasting, too rare for this style cuisine and tough. The soup was requested twice and finally arrived at the table lukewarm, with an extremely fishy smell and taste.
I have eaten Korean food quite a few times and never had anything as bad as this. (My favorite site is Hugn Jab Rib Bar, San Antonio).
For a meal that came to $80 (with generous tip), this was one of the worst meals I have ever experienced. I cannot in any way reccommend this restaurant to anyone.
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