Durham >Food & Dining > Vit Goal Tofu Restaurant
2107 Allendown Dr Ste 101, Durham, NC | Directions 2771335.899124 -78.895313
Mon. - Sun. 11am - 10pm
Prejudice Owner – I have eaten at Vit Goal Tofu Restaurant many times with a group of Black, Caucasian, East Indian and Filipino friends . When we go, there are usually 5-8 members of us eating and we are a polite and professional group. Although we really enjoy Korean food and the really nice Korean woman that owns the place, we however, do not like dealing with her very rude and prejudice Korean husband. He doesn't seem to mind taking the orders of my Caucasian friends, but is rude, impatient and purposely throws the menus and incorrectly places the others for my Black and Asian friends. It has gotten so bad that whenever, we go to dine there, his wife usually asks him to leave the restaurant or take the orders of other customers whom are usually Korean college students, Korean families or Caucasian patrons. It really is a shame because the food is good and his wife is really pleasant and nice to customers, but we have decided that we will no longer dine at this establishment because of his behavior.
Discriminating Owner – All I can say is WOW!! The male owner of this restaurant is a straight DOUCHE!!! I called in to ask when the lunch special was over, he was very rude and said lunch was over at 4. I would only eat there for lunch because dinner is overpriced and I wanted to avoid the male owner. Well, I get there at 3 and he tells me there is only take out and no lunch special. I noticed a couple dining in and had just gotten their food. Apparently, he is too good for my business. I always try to come in when his wife is working. But I guess I was unlucky today. I can't believe this guy. If you want mediocre Korean food and a douchebag staring at you all the time while eating, Well if he decides you can you dine in then I say Vit Goal is your place. Never again will I go there. I advise going to Min-Ga or Chosun-ok
Food not bad. The portions are pretty small. $13 for tofu soup is overpriced for this area. I can understand that price if it was located in Manhattan, but its in a little strip mall with an asian grocery store next to it. They give you a little small bowl of rice and unlike chinese restaurants, if you ask for more rice they will charge you $2 per additional small portion. And please don't order anything what has meat in it as it will set you back $25 for galbi (short ribs) for 6 pieces.
Now there is cho sun ok and Inter korea within a block of this place so I will be frequenting there from now on. The owner just lets his poor wife work all the time and the bus boy/dish washer (no offense to him) in a tee shirt and jeans come and serve your food. If I'm going to pay upwards of $20 for a single meal, I expect someone in clean attire to serve the food. The owner will give you a dirty look if you give him a tip less than what HE believes he deserves. I personally don't tip the owner as much as I do an employee because I feel that the owner is making money on the food, but employees make most of their money from tips. I get a sneaky feeling that the employees do not get to keep the tips so I always give them cash when the owner is not looking:)
Food decent, Rude services! – I have eaten at this restaurant for several times now and half of the time when the lady owner was there, we were always welcome and greeted with a smile. However, the other half of the time, the korean man runs it. I have to say, I have never met such a rude and disrespectful person before in my life. We came in, no greetings, pointed us to table in the corner and then threw the menu on the table and looked away. Came back and ask us what we want with a rude attitude. When we ask him questions, he seem irritated and answer us like were are dumb. I am sorry to give such a bad review, but this restaurant has potential--I hate for it to go down. They have just lost my support....in summary--food decent to good-small portions but rude services
The best tofu soups in town – My wife and I love this place and it's a shame to see so many negative reviews about the service. The food is authentic Korean, not "Americanized" for Western tastes. If you come here, get the tofu soup and BBQ beef combo. Watch out when you tell them you want your soup spicy! I grew up in a largely Korean populated town in New Jersey and was suprised to find a place like this exists in this area. As for the service, it is what it is. I go there in the evenings and have never had a problem waiting.
Very pricey for the small portion size – The Korean barbecue had a good flavor, but the portion size was very small. Received lots of grissly bones with skimpy pieces of meat attached to it. Some bones had no meat at all while other bones had knotty pieces of fat attached. Underneath the bones was a pile of raw onions, which made the plate look more generous than it was. Spent $18 on the meal and left the restaurant hungry.
Good food... Inflated Prices – Great food, though like others have said, the authenticity is questionable. Stil, if you like Asian food, you will like this place. The lunch bento boxes has a bunch of varieties. However, the price is on the expensive side for lunch (yes, even for RTP), and portions are too small for a guy to fill up. Some items from their regular menu can get really expensive (like their Korean BBQ) for the amount you get.
It does have a very impressive environment though. The outside looks like a normal Asian take-out place, but the inside is furnished like cozy small dining room with Korean influences (wooden decors, Korean dolls and paintings, korean newspapers as window treatment).
I don't really have a problem with Service the few times I went there. However, I've only been there during the non-busy hours during the day.
So, avoid it if you're looking for authentic food or cheap eats. But do go for the yummy asian food and the environment.
unimpressed – I went to Vit Goal tonight and was so annoyed by the experience that I came straight to the computer to write a review. My friend and I came about an hour before closing time. There was only one other table in the whole restaurant. I completely agree with the other reviews here - the waiter/owner guy is completely rude and inattentive. He took forever to come take our order and didn't even bother to come check on us after that. The busser brought out the meal and that was that. He didn't bother to check on how the food was or drink refills.
We ordered an appetizer, soup and a meat dish. I come from a Korean family, lived in Korea and was raised on Korean food - it was ok - nothing special. The "meat" dish had very very little meat in it. Maybe five pieces. The rest was a massive amount of vegetables. It almost seemed like they didn't have enough meat so it was disguised to look like a full plate. For a $13 dollar dish that is unacceptable. All the other dishes tasted the same.
We waited for about 15 minutes for someone to come pick up our plates and give us the bill. No one did. At this point we were the only people in the joint. So we had to walk up to the register to pay. The waiter/owner was too busy closing out his register for the night to notice we were done.
In conclusion, don't waste your money. You'll feel gypped. Go to Chosun Ok in Durham, Korean Garden in Cary or Seoul Garden in Raleigh.
HORRIBLE SERVICE... – My friends and I went to Vit Goal for dinner.
We were praying when the food came and the manager just started putting down plates, shifting our cups and silverware around and saying "excuse me excuse me". He couldn't wait 1 minute until we finished praying?!?? I understand that he may not be Christian, but that's just extremely disrespectful.
Then, after dinner, he refused to split the check because it would be "too bothersome". That's ridiculous- ANY restaurant would split the check for FOUR people. He was just really rude and I'm never going there again.
The food was pretty good, but the manager's attitude really spoiled the evening.
Too small portion for the price – I have lived in Seoul, Korea for a year. Would I recommend this place to others? I am not sure. I am a woman and not a big eater. I went there with 2 friends; we all ordered lunch boxes. One of my friend ordered the same thinly sliced beef box, and I thought the kitchen put one portion into two! It was that small. The dish was too sweet and not great taste at all. Their service was slow even though there were only two other customers. They misplaced my friend's order so we had to wait even longer. If I pay for $10 (including tax and tip) for this, I would go to other restaurants; it is not worth it.
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