Restaurant Review: Woori Jib Korean Restaurant
Published: Thursday, February 3, 2011 - 4:27pm
Woori Jib is a little-known restaurant on campus that serves authentic Korean fare. Located on 710 South 6th Street, it is a small, casual place normally filled with college students munching on things such as Bulgogi - a dish that consists mostly of barbecued beef.
On Saturday, January 29, the weather seemed to warm up a bit. I decided it was a good time to go out to lunch, but I felt like going somewhere different than the usual Jimmy Johns or Cravings. Instead I found Woori Jib on restaraunt review site Yelp .
Woori Jib has a pretty vast menu that contains 43 different dishes. From grilled mackerel to stir fries, this restaurant seems to have it all. One of the most talked about dishes at this restaurant is the Bulgogi. Although I decided not to try the Bulgogi, I went ahead and ordered the Chicken Bokum, which basically turned out to be a chicken stir-fry. It was a bit spicy, but I liked it - the spice that is, not the actual chicken. Frankly, the chicken tasted as if it had been taken from the freezer and thrown in the microwave.
Unless I'm sitting down and eating for an hour, the atmosphere of a restaurant doesn't matter too much to me. Take Cravings for example. It's on the small side, but I go there at least once a week because the food is good. The atmosphere of Woori Jib is not the best. It is a little cramped, and no one there is very social. The staff kept things short and sweet.
Although the staff was not the friendliest, I do have to give them credit for the speediness of their service. Once I ordered, it took them less than 5 minutes for my food to arrive (although 5 minutes is a long time if you are served nasty chicken.)
Woori Jib has reasonably priced food, but the food is not high quality. The average dish cost around $7. This is appalling to say the least, because the quantity of food was very low, and the quality was poor as well.
Overall, this restaurant would not be my first choice for lunch. It is fairly far from Uni (about the distance to Starbucks), the quality of food is mediocre, the quantity of food is insufficient, and the service leaves more to be desired. I concede that it could have been what I ordered that was bad, and perhaps the rest of the considerable menu was better. The reviews on Yelp seem to be a bit more generous compared to mine. In short, if you do decide to go there, don't order the Chicken Bokum; and if you're interested in Korean food, I would much more highly recommend A-ri-rang.