Which Korean Restaurant in the E. Valley?
The East Valley, by my count, now has at least six Korean-type restaurants. We will be in Chandler tomorrow night, and have a hankering for some kimchee and bulgoki. While we would prefer something a little nicer than formica tabletops, food is more important. Which one should we choose?
Takamatsu does a great job, but I think their kalbi is much better than their bool kogi (as with most places I've been to).
Hodori also does a tasty kalbi, but I believe they have the type of decor you're trying to avoid.
1949 W Ray Rd # 32, Chandler, AZ
1116 S Dobson Rd, Mesa, AZ
Hodori used to be my favorite but I don't know why it keeps changing ownership and personnel over and over. I was last there months ago. The food was as good as ever, but they made me wait so long!
I've never been to the Takamatsu in Chandler, but the Tucson branch is excellent.
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Chodang Tofu & BBQ Just north of downtown Chandler on Arizona Avenue is excellent. The bulkogi is served sizzling hot, and the little appetizers that start the meal are delicious and varied. The interior has a modern, clean, spare look that feels Korean. It also has lunch specials, which is nice since I work in the area and now eat there quite often. My wife likes the tofu soups and never says no to a visit.
Just tried Hodori a couple of weeks ago, and was disappointed. The bulkogi was lukewarm and grayish (it seemed more stewed than grilled) and the little appetizer plates unexciting except for the kimchee.
Chodang Tofu & BBQ
1501 N Arizona Ave, Chandler, AZ