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Korean near Ardmore?

As much as I love Sangkee, I've got to expand my Asian eating horizons in and around Ardmore. Any Korean recommendations? Indian? (and don't say Khajuraho, please, or your reputation is shot with me). Japanese beyond the always wonderful Samurai in Rosemont?

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  1. I don't know about any Korean near Ardmore but there is a very nice Vietnamese restaurant in Bryn Mawr next to the movie theater.

    1. Hello fellow Ardmoreite! I too love SangKee. I have treid many of the other Asian restaurants in the area, but none quite live up to Sang Kee. I have yet to find a Korean restaurant in the area. There are some good Thai restaurants (Thai Pepper in Ardmore, and Silk Cuisine in Bryn Mawr). I also really like the newish Vietnamese in Brynmawr (next to Subway). I have yet to be dissapointed by them, except for yesterday when I wanted to go for lunch and they weren't open.

      1. Is there still that tiny Japanese grocery store and lunch counter in Narberth? It's like behind the main row of stores, across a parking lot. Thank you.

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        1. There is a Korean/Japanese place in Conshohocken called Stonewell. It's on Ridge Pike between Chemical and Butler. I haven't been there in a long time, but it was good when I was last there.

          1. I really wish I knew what everyone's finding so fabulous about Sang Kee. We've been three times and each time the food was perfectly acceptable but in no way anything special or anything to get excited about. I thought the potstickers were mediocre, the soups bland, and the salt and pepper squid underseasoned.

            I'm curious about the Khajuraho hate, as it's almost universally considered the best Indian in the area.

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            1. re: ladydisdain

              I agree with you about Sang Kee being mediocre. However, I think that it's really one of the better "ethnic" restaurants on the main-line. I think the food out there tends to be sort of boring--it's really boring steak and potatoes and fusion up the wazoo... So I think because it's different without being in Chinatown--people think it's great.

              I also think that Khajuraho is fantastic. I used to live around there and then I moved out into the city and while there are more choices, I have not found another Indian restaurant's food to be as flavorful as the food there. I think a lot of people think the food there is greasy but I wonder if that type of cuisine is meant to be a bit oily.

              1. re: lawslaw

                Have you tried Tiffin yet? I was a big Khajuraho fan when I lived in Media, but I've noticed a decline in quality there in the past year or so. Tiffin is fantastic, I think it may be better than Khajuraho ever was. It's on Girard Ave. near 7th.

                1. re: lawslaw

                  I think that there are just a small handful of items on the sangkee menu which are really well done, and if you happen to go there and "order correctly" you will love it. I have had some really bad meals - the seafood curry bake, the minced chicken in lettuce cups, the scallops in xo sauce - all things I tried and thought - ick. But a handful of soups, the peking duck, and the thai curry flounder are what keep us coming back

              2. There are number of decent Korean restaurants, althought not directly in Ardmore.

                There is Korea Garden off of 202 Dekalb in Blue Bell. (There is also a Korean market off of Dekalb - Township Line Road)

                There is another one (I can't remember the name off the top of my head) on 2nd and Grance in North Philly. There's a bunch in North Philly....

                Another one on the right side of Rt 3, when you're driving from Ardmore into Upper Darby (also a Korean market near the terminal).

                Lastly, a new Korean restaurant opened in center city called Miran on 21st and Chestnut (On chestnut).

                Also, Tiffan is amazing and the best Indian for your money in Philadelphia area, IMHO.

                1. I wish there were something even closer, but I have to second the recommendation for the Korean Restaurant on Rt. 3 in Upper Darby. It's called Nagwon Garden and it's really good. The chunky wooden chairs (probably bought from some 1970's family restaurant) are uncomfortable, but that's okay! For Thai I like Siamese Princess in Ardmore. I think the prices are better than Thai Pepper, and it's delicious! It's gotten better and better over the past few years. For Indian, we've enjoyed the South Indian food at Jewel of India on Lancaster Ave. (also in Ardmore). Just be aware that to take-out there can be really slow.

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                  1. re: femke

                    Thanks for these recommendations. I'm continually surprised by how much further afield one has to go to find ethnic food here in Phila compared to Boston, where I spent the last 25 years. I'm off to Upper Darby...

                  2. I love Sangkee too. Of course Yang Ming is in a class of its own albeit expensive. Wish I knew of a good Korean place.

                    As for Khajuraho, I agree with you it isn't a particularly good Indian restaurant (I'm Indian, believe me, I know!). It's passable, but none of the dishes hit the "right" note...EVER. Tiffin is terrific, and we've had great luck with Karma Cafe. Palace at the Ben has a gorgeous atmosphere and pretty good food. Cafe Spice is OK if you want Indian fusion. The Indian places around Penn are OK for a weekend buffet. I thought the other Indian place in Ardmore (Jewel of India) was truly horrible. There was a so-so place in Manayunk but I think it closed. There's a Pakistani-Indian place near KOP (Desi Village) where the food is consistently OK, although not great.