Yesterday found us heading out on a hay run which lead to J and I checking out a new to us restaurant off of Woodruff Road in Greenville. We have been long time fans of the Korean BBQ on Woodruff (the one in the same building as the Red Robin gas station…weird? yes!) but had seen that another Korean restaurant had popped up a little further down the way and decided to swing in to check it out.
It is a tiny restaurant so large parties or families with lots of kids will have some difficulty seating together but for just the two of us it was very quaint and cozy. There are pictures of menu items on the walls and the menu was well illustrated with pictures and both English and Korean titles.
We started with fried dumplings.
They were good, not spectacular, but tasty. The dipping sauce was exceptionally good and accentuated the standard pork filling nicely.
J ordered the Bulgogi at a level 9 spiciness.
This was very tasty and fairly spicy but was more like any Asian stir-fry. It was a large portion and heavy on the beef so well worth the price, just not the flavor we had been anticipating.
I ordered the Duk Boki.
Duk boki is kind of like a stir fried or maybe braised spicy rice cake. This was very spicy and was ok. I felt the rice cakes were a little mushy so there wasn’t the chewy texture that I am more familiar with and the spicy flavor was a little one dimensional, but otherwise it was good and the portion was ginormous!
I felt that the side dishes were a little lacking. There were three kimchi type vegetables and 2 bean sprout type things but there wasn’t a sweet or sour balance to the flavors.
Everything was just HOT and SPICY or somewhat bland. The kimchi was very good. VERY good, so next time I would probably get something that focused on the kimchi.
All in all I found it to be a fair restaurant. Not exactly where I would go for my Korean fix, but not a bad restaurant. You get a lot of food for the price and J and I left full and sated. The staff was very friendly and we enjoyed talking to them so I can definitely see us going back there but just ordering different items.
Kimchee Korean Restaurant is located at 1939 Woodruff Rd, Greenville, SC 29607