This has been puzzling me. I'm relatively new to the area(6th month now), but have eaten at Koreana twice, once last year while visiting, and once this month. I forgot how bad their food was and fell for it again. When I sat down, I was wondering why I had such a bad impression of the place, great decor(espeically for a korean place) and when the side dishes came and looked so delicious. One bite and the disillusionment was over. I remembered. I tried "galbi", "naying myun", "soon doo bu", all were really horrible. HOW DO THEY manage good reviews after good reviews such horrible foods?!?
I did notice lack of good authentic Korean places here.
Buk-Kyung II (I like the one in Allston, cleaner, newer)
is great, but has a very limited menu, and it's more of a snack type korean foods anyway.
I found Wu-chon VERY americanized, not enough side dishes, what is served is streamlined, not fully seasoned like authentic Korean foods are.
Cho cho's folks are friendly, but terribly slow(Ate in once and was serviced by a absent minded young waitress who took way too long even after we pointed to the kitchen to tell her that our foods seem ready.
2nd time, tried to do take-out and was told "ready in 20 minutes", but when I showed up to pick up, "five more minutes", which turned into another half an hour of waiting(This was outrageous, what was the point of a calling in a take-out?) They too are americanized(galbi is as sugared as can be), but have a great lemony salad dressing that I liked, and don't overprice for dinner.
MT Hometown(MT BBQ spot in allston) has been so inconsistent. My first visit while they were still setting up was great, this elderly grandmother person cooking and serving, giving us a real home feel. Even gave us "soong noon bop" after meal. I heard they were hiring a chef. On our next visit their menu had changed and food was just ok. Their menu was streamlined and had changed again for our third time there and the food was bad-- too sweet and greasy.
I picked up a Korean directory and noticed there are other korean places in surrounding towns further out from boston and cambridge. Anyone know of one that is consistently good and authentic that might be worth the drive?