154 Prospect St, Cambridge, MA | Directions 0213942.369034 -71.101237
Neighborhoods: Area IV
OK Korean, Unacceptable Sushi – We were happy with our korean dishes - the standard Kimchee chige and Chapjae (noodle stir fry). However, the sushi was not at all fresh - I couldn't even stomach it. And, the pieces were all shaped funny like they were leftover random slices, not prime cuts, which was irritating. However, unlike the former review, we had a very pleasant and attentive waitress so we didn't tell her how bad the sushi was. I've always been skeptical of places serving both Korean & sushi - whether one staff can do both well, and Koreana proved that they should just stick to basic Korean fare.
Medicore food, Horrible service – I am korean, so I know what i'm talking about. I don't know what restaurant everyone else went to but Koreana is definitely not the best in Boston. The food here is typically Americanized, portions are small, and the side dishes rarely fresh. There is no way you can even pretend that its like mom makes. Its also very expensive even for korean food. The only good things they do here are kimchee tchigae and sushi. And i only reccommend that if you're going to call ahead for take out. The service at the restaurant is HORRIBLE no matter what time of day you go, weekend or weekday. They are elitest or something. Whenever i go with a mixed group we see our waitress only to take our order and bring us our check. I've been there many times with a mixed group of friends only to be snubbed the entire evening. The last time i went was the last straw, it wasn't a busy night there were 4 servers and 4 or 5 people in the restaurant total. Me and my friends were ignored pretty much the whole meal where the 2 korean guys right next to us had 2 different servers checking on them every couple minutes. Needless to say the whole experience was garbage. I will never go to Koreana again and everyone save yourself the trouble and don't even try it. If you want good korean go to Buk Kyoung in Union Square Somerville. Not the Allston branch. The Somerville one. This is the best food quality and price around.
Unique dining experience – There is always a large crowd waiting outside to eat at Koreana so I had to find out for myself what the fuss was about. It was my first time dining there and was nervous about lack of familiarity w/ the food and possible language barrier between the waiter and my party. Our waitress was very helpful, and fluent in English. She recommended the BBQ style meals which we absolutely loved. My partner ordered #43 and I ordered #39, dont recall the name but essentially it was beef marinated in Korean sauce and cut up into bite size portions. The idea was to grill the meat in the built in grill on our table. It was a fun dining experience and my meal was incredibly tasty! There were at least 7 different sides that came with the meal, definitely more than enough food for two. At the end of the meal we were served complimentary cold soup which consisted of cinnamon and ginger flavors. I plan on going back with another group of friends, it was a unique dining experience.
A Hidden Jewel! – I've been here several times now and tried a different dish every time. Yesterday, my friend and I had the lunch specials which were absolutely fantastic. I had bulgogi and my freind went for galbi. Both were wonderful and we were blown away - mm, just so yummy and what an excellent value for $8-9!. I love their delicious japchae (Korean-style chopsui), crispy buchim (pancakes) and excellent sushi/sashimi too. Service was prompt and attentive and the place has a comfortable, chic ambience. Price isn't dirt cheap but is average compared to other Asian restaurants in the area. All in all, an excellent value and worth the wait even.
Very good Korean – Had the Korean BBQ and the bimbimbap here and I found both very good. The BBQ is a good deal, with lots of accompanying traditional side dishes. I liked their spicy kimchee a lot. They have OB beer here, which is fun to have with your meal. Service was also above average, as it was prompt and the waitress helped out with the BBQ.
Comtemporary Korean – I passed by for a quick lunch on a Saturday. It's really a very stylish restaurant. It's quite spacious with big dark wood table. Each table has barbecue stove. It also has a sushi bar. The menu has a lot of Korean and Japanese items. The price was average, most entrees are between $12 and $20. Food was authentic, but I am not crazy about the green tea in a tea bag. The service was good. At the end, they gave me a complementary dessert drink. It was a good experience, and I will go back.
cook your own food – I've been to various Korean BBQ places in Boston and the re-vamped Koreana is by far the best among them. They give you a lot of meat, all deliciously marinated and you can cook it however you like it. What I like the most is the complimentary dessert (sweet rice soup) that comes after the meal, it really freshens you up! The ambience is very easy, nice jazzy movie and dim light, oh, and NOT smokey at all!
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