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Jan 6, 2007 07:13 PM

New Soeul, Columbia, SC - calling Cpt Wafer

Phone disconnected. Did they go out of business?

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  1. Alas, New Seoul is no more. The sign in the window proclaims a Japanese teriyaki restaurant to be in the offing. I was in a deep funk for several weeks over this turn of events. However, I did enjoy a very passable pork bul goki (sp?) at O-Bok earlier this evening. They also served a dozen very good pan chan on the side. So, for now, O-Bok is my go-to for Korean in Columbia. It's just down Decker, toward I-77, on the other side of the street.

    1. Thanks for the info. We ended up at Saky on Ft. Jackson Blvd. Pretty good, but doesn't quite measure up to the meals we had when Saki owned it. I've been to O-Bak before and enjoyed it as well as The Orient, which is now closed.

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      1. re: SweetPea

        I always heard Saki (the original owner) was very good but I never made it there. We usually go to Inakaya, in St. Andrews, close to Display Center. It's just more convenient for us, I guess. There's a Korean place (Midori, sounds Japanese) on Percival Rd. near the intersection with Forest Dr. that I've been meaning to try. Looks a bit like a dive but my inner chowhound says take a chance.

        1. re: Cpt Wafer

          Yes, Inakaya is our usual place for sushi. We are on that side of town too, but would drive for it if we weren't. We were actually headed for Julia's, a German place on Ft. Jackson Blvd. near Labrasca's (for a first time visit) when we detoured to Saky. I know what you mean about Percival Rd. Everything on that road looks like a dive. That's where I discovered the original Egg Roll Station about 15 years ago. Only take-out with a cement table and bench. Feed that inner hound and let us hear about Midori!

          1. re: SweetPea

            >Feed that inner hound and let us hear about Midori!

            I was hoping maybe you'd go and let me know. Just kiddin'. I'll let ya know.

            1. re: Cpt Wafer

              Hey, I'm in line for that Lamb's Breath thing on Hampton St. You gotta take it for Midori!

              1. re: SweetPea

                LOL.... Lamb's "Breath". It was open (Hampton St.) the other day when I drove by I think.

                1. re: SweetPea

                  hahaha...good one. Wanna trade? I went to Pierre's when they had that location on Hampton. Pretty good fried shrimp po'boy. Good fried turkey wings, too.

              2. re: SweetPea

                Anybody tried Julia's? I've been meaning to try it but always forget. I've heard it's one of the same people who used to own the Gasthaus restaurant that was on that side road off of Decker... They had odd opening hours (basically being closed whenever they damn well didn't feel like opening) but when I went it was pretty good for German food (I'm not a big fan but every few years it's ok!), and was pretty authentic - it reminded me of many of the small town gasthauses I ate in in Switzerland and Southern Germany.

                1. re: deibu

                  There's a German place in Prosperity - Elle's Gasthaus? that is good. I'm like you - once in a while. Made the detour to Saky easy .

                  1. re: deibu

                    Make sure you bring cash to Julia's, I didn't have a very positive experience there, but I am a total novice when it comes to German food, so I wouldn't necessarily take my word for it.

                    1. re: ghoti7four

                      Cash huh... well that's good to know in advance. Care to share your experience? Friends want to go there and I said I'd treat. Uh-oh.

                      1. re: SweetPea

                        My experience:
                        It was like walking into somebody's living room, a strangers house, and sitting down in the middle of a dinner party, the room--which is a tiny and bizzarely decorated space like grandma's kitchen nook--came to a screeching halt. We were shoved into a corner table that had spill-over decorative wreaths scattered on it, and then we waited, and waited, and waited--probably 15 to 20 minutes, until finally our drink orders were taken--this is in a restaurant with maybe 10 tables. Then another 10 minutes for food orders, and we were being stared down by everyone except the proprietess/waitress the whole time. Its been awhile so I can't remember exactly what I ordered, but I know it was some sort of rolled stuffed beef with spatzle. The spatzle was acceptable, chewy and interesting (this is the part of German cuisine I don't know much about), but the beef was dried out like fiber board. I was with three other people, all of whom ordered some version of wiener schnitzel, which was exactly what I imagine its supposed to be like, which is "fried meat", and it was relatively good (especially with cheese sauce), but I didn't really get the attraction (again, likely because I don't have any background in German food). That said, I consider myself an aggressively adventurous eater, and it just didn't get me there. There was also a beet salad that I could have made myself with greens and a jar of beets. I imagine if you've got a background with this type of food the nostalgia for it would make it enjoyable.

                        However, thats the food which was just ok, back to the service. The meal had taken forever, and not in that relaxing night out kind of way, we were only somewhat satisfied, and it was time to pay the check. We all put our credit cards on the table, and it was like we had personally derailed the train. Everything stopped, we were given disgusted looks and told that Julia's is cash only--that would be fine with me, if it was posted anywhere, I looked pretty carefully on the way out to and back from the ATM machine (since of course no one brought cash) and didn't see any notice anywhere. The two girls we left at the restaurant were not very impressed with having been kept as hostages/collateral, and the way the "cash only" comment was flung in our faces like it was our fault left a pretty bad taste in my mouth.

                        Anyway, I hesitated to get into all of that because, 1. I just found this site, and I don't want to start off hating on people who work hard to keep a restaurant going, and 2. Everybody has off nights, and given that Julia's is a small mom and pop type place, I'm sure smaller variables can throw the service off on any given night than at a restaurant with more staff.

                        However, I did decide not to go back, unless I heard something truly "great" about the place later--maybe someone has something good to say?

                        1. re: ghoti7four

                          I had a similar experience at Gasthaus so it's probably the same thing just a different name and different building. Same decor, same Pace picante sauce commercial reaction when we walked in. Good chow though and luckily my date (a German dude) knew it was cash only so we were prepared. The desserts were excellent. I'd say the food is worth one trip just to see if it's your thing.

              3. re: SweetPea

                O-bok is great, but for what its worth, I think Sin-to-Bul-re on Decker is the best Korean I have had in Columbia. Their fishcake (homemade) is great! The first time I went, our waitress recommended the boneless ribs as their house specialty. They were great! Marinated in delicious sauce and grilled to perfection. Their hand made dumplings are another house specialty not to be missed.

                The strip mall Sin-to-Bul-re is located in also houses Hancook Korean restaurant, which I didn't find to be as impressive.