Koja Grille on opening day!
I was visiting Philly for the day last Friday and ate at Koja Grille by (or on?) Temple University. Fantastic. I live in downtown Manhattan and, up here, inexpensive and great quality foods have become my life. After eating at Koja, I WISH there were something of that caliber up here in the city. Hot and fresh, made ready to order Korean food at a bargain cost? That's unheard of. I was able to try three things: the job chae, the wide rice noodles with hot sauce and beef, and these ramen noodles tossed with a peppery sauce and chicken. I loved all three, but the last was scrumptiously good.
Anyway, despite the hecticness of opening day, the staff was super courteous (and they wear these adorable T-shirts with korean phrases spelled out phonetically on the back). The layout of the interior is nice and very clean, and there are these cute cards on each of the tables that talk about the health benefits of various ingredients. Honestly, for such an inexpensive meal, I was impressed with how much of an effort was made in terms of quality all around.
The only downside is that, yes, the portions are very generous, so one order may last two meals. Someone get me a violin.
This place was fantastic and I wish Koja were up in NYC to satisfy my daily Korean food craving!