The cool air from the air conditioner greeted me as I walked through the door. The inviting smell of roast beef, savory garlic, and fermented cabbage made my stomach rumble as my friends and I took our seats.
One side of the restaurant consisted of traditional Korean style seating; short tables where you have to sit on the floor, with your legs folded and shoes off. The opposite side was western with modern tables and chairs.
On the table were two jars of water to be poured and shared among friends and family. This is common in Korean restaurants and a tradition in Korean culture. The atmosphere was inviting, too. They were playing Korean pop in the background and the tables were full of friends and families.
The menu had an array of grilled pork and beef, mixed rice with assorted vegetables, and piping hot oxtail soups. I chose the grilled pork belly ($16.95) which is served with a side of rice, lettuce, and bean paste. After we placed our orders, the waitress came over and gave us banchan - side dishes. Banchan included kimchi, which is fermented cabbage, tofu, radish, and other spicy dishes.
The food came relatively fast, with the bibimbap coming out first. Bibimbap is a dish of rice, vegetables, beef or chicken, and a sunny side up egg. It is meant to be mixed around so that every bite contains all the ingredients.
The fresh and aromatic smell of sliced cucumber and sesame oil wafted in the air. There were two options, dolsot bibimbap ($12.95) which comes out on a hot stone or plain bibimbap ($11.95) which is served cold. The normal bibimbap was refreshing. I recommend eating it on a hot day.
The pork belly did not have a lot of flavor but when dipped into the bean paste, it was savory and salty. The beef ($15.95) however, stole the show. It was nice and charred on the outside and had a sweet and savory flavor. It reminded me of com suong, a Vietnamese pork chop and rice dish.
Overall, I would rate the restaurant a 7.5/10. The menu was limited, but the food was good. The price was alright (Korean restaurants are pretty expensive), but the service was not the best as the waiters did not pay much attention to us.
Seoul SoulongTang | 1245 Commonwealth Ave, Allston, MA 02134.
Sunday - Wednesday 11AM - 10:30PM
Thursday - Saturday 11AM - 11PM