1608 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA | Directions 1910339.950556 -75.167823
Monday To Friday From 11:00 AM To 08:30 PM Saturday From 11:30 AM To 07:30 PM
Neighborhoods: Center City, Center City West
Mediocre and a poor lunch spot – First off, let me say aside from my opinion of the food or the value, Giwa is not a good idea for a lunch break unless you can step out of work for well over an hour. I had to wait over 20 minutes for my food. On top of that it was served at a temperature similar to molten lava, and no matter how much stirring or time to sit, there was no way I was eating and making it back to the office without repeatedly burning my tongue. Now let me say I love Korean food and I like Giwa's menu in premise. But my dish was sadly lacking in flavor. It was supposed to be spicy and although they have their own hot sauce available for purchase, the only fire came from an abundance of red pepper flakes- a lazy tactic that adds no flavor. The seasoning in general was poor and the tofu and beef were bland as a result. And at $11, which one of the cheaper options on the menu, I except much better. Giwa would not be bad if it was more reasonably priced. But at the prices they're charging I can't give them anything better than one star. The few positives are that they give you plenty of food for your money and their kimchi is actually quite good. But if I'm going to pay this kind of money I'll be going to Miga next time.
Fresh, Delicious & Healthy – I get food here often and it never disappoints. The signature Bibimbop is a bowl of fresh vegetables that you can have with either chicken, beef, pork or tofu in a spicy red sauce. It is fresh and delicious and comes with rice and side dishes of the day which have included kim-chee, cucumber, carrot and sweet soy beans. Pay the extra $1 for the whole-grain rice. It is nutty and good for your health. Both the kim-chee pancake and the seafood pancake are succulent and are served with a soy dipping sauce. Spicy kim-chee stew is nice and hot with lots of flavor. I have tried mostly all dishes with the exception of Soft tofu & pork stew but that will be next. I have even picked it up and had it with guests. You can eat-in as well. There are always available seats. I LOVE it!
Not bad! – My friend took me here and I was so thankful because I didn't know that there was another Korean restaurant in center city. We ordered ddukbokki and dol-sot bibimbap. Both dishes are were pretty good. The place is a bit small and they don't have much on the menu. However, the food was decent and I plan to get my Korean food there as long as I work in the city.
Great casual dining spot – Best summed up by my Korean friend who says its great but not really authentic.
While takeout business is brisk the smallish eat-in area is clean, casual, and surrounds the open and immaculately clean kitchen. The food, and we've had everything on the menu, is by and large great and enjoyed by Koreans, Chinese, Americans, and the occasional Italian.
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