You may think Korean food is not for you, that it’s not an Asian cuisine you’re comfortable with and that fermented vegetables belong in the compost. But you’d be wrong -- at least if you make sure Seoul House in Warner Robins is the first place you try it.
It’s not a pretty place and it’s not in a polished part of town, but parking is plentiful usually and the personal service is genuine. Miss Kim served us when we came for an early dinner until a younger server came in to help out and Miss Kim went to the kitchen to cook it all. The tables are very basic and not very attractive, but you can ask anyone in here about the food and they’ll tell you all their favorites and why each one is the best in town.
The banchan that arrived shortly after our order was enough to make me rave: free AND delicious -- yes please! This assortment of pre-meal goodies reminds me of the Dutch rijsttafel, in which you get a bunch of different pickled and fermented treats to share, but unlike a rijsttafel, the banchan is just a preview to your meal. Ours included fried potatoes, pickled cucumbers, kimchi, zucchini, tofu, omelet and glass noodles. The presentation is simple but beautiful and makes the waiting time so much more enjoyable.
It’s amazing that one person made everything we received for our order. Officially an appetizer, the tempura vegetables could make a meal for a vegetarian for $5.99. All of them -- the carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes, onions, and zucchini -- were lightly fried and absolutely delicious. We also had two homemade beef and cabbage spring rolls for just $1.50. Next time I’ll order enough to take home.
The folks next to us recommended the bibim bob, the galbi and the bilgogi, and they didn’t disappoint. Bibim bob (often called bibimbap) is a mixed rice dish with lots of vegetables attractively arranged on it, served in a hot stone bowl that keeps the meal cooking as you eat. Here you get your choice of perfectly cooked meat plus an egg on top for just $7.99.
The galbi, or marinated short ribs, are just $9.99 and seems to be a favorite on social media. These flanken-cut strips are marinated in Korean pear juice, rice wine, soy sauce, garlic, sesame seed oil and sugar, and would make a great introduction to Korean food. The bilgogi for $7.99 comes with either chicken, beef, or pork and is essentially a stir fry dish.
After our initial hesitation upon walking in, we had a fantastic time talking to the regulars and learning more about Korean food. This is a great place to try this summer when you’re on stay-vacation and want to do something exotic for dinner.
Address: 128 Manor Court, Warner Robins
Hours: M-F 11-9
Payment: cash, credit
Kids Menu: yes
Noise Level: low
Wheelchair accessible: yes
Health Rating: 92
Price range: $7.99-$11.99
Rating: 3 stars