Portland >Food & Dining > Sorabol
7901 SE Powell Blvd Ste D, Portland, OR | Directions 9720645.497910 -122.581356
Neighborhoods: Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Program, South Tabor
Bad Service & Disappointed – We bought a certificate on restaurant dot com and we went to this place on the same night. When we got there, the server said they're not longer accepting the certificate from restaurant dot com because they've been having issues w/ restaurant dot com. That's not a good excuse. If they had issues w/ restaurant dot com, they could've told restaurant dot com to remove the offer. I'm not the only one w/ this problem. There are a few people that wrote reviews on yelp have the same problem with the certificate. They could've honored the certificate anyway and we had a party of 10. We just left the restaurant since they didn't honor the certificate. The servers were careless if we stayed or not. Very disappointed and it was my 1st time there, but also the last time. Very bad service and no wonder that place was empty! Didn't want to rate it 1 star because it's not even worth a star, but I had to select a star.
Very bad service – The food was good, but the service was very disappointing. We asked for extra side dishes of kim chee, but the waitress was hesitant about the request, until we said that we would pay for it and are not expecting it for free. Then, she said, "okay." She never smiled, nor did she come by our table during the meal. While serving us and other customers, she was on her CELL PHONE, setting it aside while speaking to us. It was absolutely unbelievable! Out of all my experiences dining out, I HAVE NEVER RECEIVED SUCH SERVICE!
Friendly Staff, great food! – This place has the very BEST cucumber salad. It is one of my most favorite Korean dishes. The staff is friendly, and the "sushi and misc items" that go through the restaurant on a conveyor is a treat in its self! Great Korean food on the East side!
Fabulous service and Delicious Food – Everytime I go I'm always impressed by the service and food. The owners/staff are very friendly and welcoming. They've done a lot of remodeling as well. Their food is consistently wonderfully prepared. I've been going here for a number of years and will continue to do so as well. I love bringing friends to this place because no one has ever come away unsatisfied!
Best Sushi & Fantasic Service – We have been to many different restaurants in the Portland Area and this has been the freshest sushi yet. The service is excellent especially when we were there last as they were short-staffed but the ones left were actually running around to the tables to deliver the food or help the customers. We have been here many times (at least 6 in the past 2 months) and the food quality and service have both been consistently good. We have not had all the menu items but of the ones we have had, they have been very good! I wish more Restaurants in Portland took after this one.
Well deserved praise for a wonderful Korean restaurant – Having lived on the economy in Korea we have the benefit of direct experience with the foods Korean's eat every day. Sorabol serves exactly the same dishes we ate on the streets of Seoul in an expansive and comfortable space. For the uninitiated, Korean food is incredibly diverse, robust, adventurous and, for lack of a better word, pure. Despite the abundance of American fast food, and TGI Friday?s-styled ?restaurants? in urban Korea, and the integration of Japanese cuisine into the fabric of Korean life, Korean food is remarkably and distinctly Korean. It draws upon itself, and is little influenced by outside cultures unless one dials back thousands of years. Sorabol?s offerings are authentic, and reflect a minimalist sampling of all that Korean cuisine has to offer. They have not dumbed-down the food to suite the bland American palate, so unlike the typical Mexican, Thai, Japanese, Chinese restaurants have in order to draw in the locals. Order Dwen-chong Chigai, a hearty stew which is as common a dish as one will find in Korea, and you will be tasting Korean food as it is in Korea. Bi-Bim-Bop, and particularly the excellent Tol-sot Bi-Bim-Bop at Sorobol, were dishes we survived on during our first weeks in Korea as we assimilated. Sorabol?s sushi bar offers typical Japanese imports, common in Korea, but try the Korean pan-chan, small dishes of traditionally served with the main course. Kim-chee, picked lotus root, marinated mushrooms, and a broad array of other temptations should not be missed. Wash it all down with Bori-cha, a tea made with roasted barley, served cold in summer, hot in winter, or a Hite beer, a very light Korean pilsner. Take time to chat with the staff, and seek their help in making selections. After a couple of visits, and some very pleasant conversations with the owners and staff, we were treated like regulars and welcomed upon walking through the doors. Certainly Sorabol is our favorite Asian eatery.
One of my fav places in Portland – Wow I'm surprised at the bad reviews I read. I have always found the service prompt, friendly, and polite. The food is really tasty, I recommend the kimchi jigae or kimchi bockum for those that like spicy food and the bulgogi for those that like mild but tasty beef, I found the portions plenty filling and I always seem to bring home leftovers. It also has a good atmosphere, kinda cool modern casual unlike the rather stiff feeling of more traditional korean places. I'm still getting used to the mix of sushi with korean food, but the stuff I got off the sushi belt is good and has plenty of options. I think this is a good place for people new to sushi, since I didn't see too much raw fish and their are lots of other alternatives. Yup, I like this place lots!!!
Great Korean Food! Good Sushi! – I decided to give Sorabol Fusion Restraunt a shot. I've always eaten down at the Beaverton Korean restaurants. So today my girlfriend, my brother, and I decided to go in for lunch today. They got great daily lunch specials during lunch hours. For example, every Mondays it'd be 50% off Korean stews... Tuesdays 50% off Korean soup... and etc. Not only that, the waiter was extremely friendly and service was great.
We ordered BiBimBop, Mackerel BBQ, Hot & Spicy Pork BBQ, along with Soft Tofu Kimchi Stew! We had one hell of a delicious lunch... Very reasonable prices!
Definitely a must go to place for Korean food!
I am definitely coming back here again!!
Not a same old typical Korean Restaurant – I tried this place again for my family gethering for the new year. And I don't understand why some reviews are so bad. We ordered one of thier set menu for 4 people, while the food was being prepared we picked up few sushi plates from the rotating belt, there were so many different kinds of fish, rolls, and other Korean stuffs, and for us the plates were interesting to look at, and good enough for the price they charge. There are tons of plates for under $2. And just by looking at the moving plates made us to lose the bordom of the wating for the main menu. and again, the main menu was not the top of all of the Korean Restaurants, but it was tasty enough for us. Also, the menu came with some 9 different little side dishes. The server was friendly but her accent was very hard to understand; however, she responded very nicely to my requests, such as refilling the side dishes, and such. At the last, green tea ice creams which were included the set meal gave us a nice cool feeling after eating the hot and spicy Korean BBQs.
In overall , the restaurant is not a traditional authentic Korean restaurant, but with a little loud Korean and Japanese pop music, tons of tvs with music videos on all the time, more likely for the trendy younger generations who cares not only the food, but also the surroundings of different auras. We spent a little over $70, and all of my 6 party members including the kids were satisfied with the restaurant with the reason.
Food okay, services *thumbs down* – I've been to this place twice, before and after their remodeling. Before the remodeling, it was really packed and the place didn't look that nice. It often gets quite "warm" because of all the grill setting off. The food was okay. They aren't great, but you can eat them without gagging. After the remodeling, the places became more spacious and tidy. The food remains the same. They now have a "sushi bar", which serves "sushi all day long" (old). I've only tried their Korean BBQ and Rice dishes. They do not provide side dishes with their Korean BBQ. You have to grab them from the sushi rotating belt, and yes, they do charge you for them. I tried their Eel Rice Bowl and Spicy Squid/Calamari Rice Bowl, and they are absolutely not the best that I've had. Like I previously said, their food is nothing special. If you wonder about the sushi, I don't have much experience with that because they look absolutely disgusting and OLD. They seem to rotate on the belt all day! Their services is...I don't know the right word. They don't check on how you're doing and you really need to ask them if you want anything; after they took your order and after they brought out the food, that's it. I guess there's a reason why they're often so slow...
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