This is a solid place for anyone craving authentic, homemade Korean food. I think it makes for a fantastic takeout or dinner option. There’s plenty of street parking spots. The dining area is small and cozy and service was polite and friendly. The food exceeded my expectations and you can tell it was made with lots of love and care. Their tofu soups are very good and a must get. I also loved the dolsot bibimbap and the beef kalguksu (the handmade noodles have a great chewy texture). They only provide four banchan dishes and charge an extra 50 cents for each additional dish you ask for, which is something I’m not used to at Korean places since banchan is usually complementary.
Really yummy food, and the prices were really good. The sides were particularly delicious. The kimchi jigae was great
Excellent food, excellent service, excellent people. The best Asian food in Hyde Park. Don’t miss this one.
Small family-run restaurant with homemade banchan & soothing soups, Mandu, etc. They don’t have a ton of menu options (no grill for Kalbi:( but what they do make is so yummy & served with kind attention. Go to Corea; you’ll be glad you did!
Cafe Corea is my favorite Hyde Park restaurant. Definitely on the pricier side, but the food is so tasty. The stews are flavorful and piping hot, I highly recommend the 404B. I love the seafood pancake appetizer as well.
The tofu soups were average (tried the beef and the seafood). Not as good as SGD up North, is more expensive, and not a lot of side dishes come with it. That being said… I would get the soups again if I just wanted some Korean tofu soup since there aren’t a lot of korean restaurant options to pick from in this area. I would definitely AVOID the bibimbop as it is just chopped up raw cabbage, lettuce and carrots with some bean sprouts, plain tofu, and a fried egg on top for $15! You can get more quality ingredients in a salad from a grocery store salad bar for less.
I’ve been living across the street from this restaurant for two years, but only just took a moment to go inside and pick up some food–it was AMAZING. The noodle ojinguh bokgum was so flavorful! I can’t believe I have been missing out on this for so long. Please don’t make my mistake, go check them out.
I don’t have many good things to say about Asian restaurants in Hyde park (and trust me I’ve tried a lot of them) but I was pleasantly surprised by Cafe Corea. It seems like they’re a small family owned restaurant and everyone there is super friendly. They’re doing takeout during COVID and I ordered some seafood pancake and japchae. This is probably the most authentic Asian food you can find in Hyde Park. I will admit that you can prob get better up north, but for HP this place is an absolute gem. My food was ready super quick and everything was super tasty. Definitely exceeded my expectations. Their tofu stew looks amazing as well which I’ll definitely have to try out when it’s not blistering hot outside. They do only provide 4 small side dishes which is fewer than I’m used to but not a deal breaker. Very much looking forward to coming back here.
Amazing! I’m impressed and would strongly recommend. I got the tofu soup with soy bean paste stew. It was very clean and not overly salty. I would definitely come back!
As a vegetarian, Korean restaurants have posed a challenge, albeit a tempting one- not a lot of options (other than the standard tofu bimbimbap), pricey, and difficult to navigate. I’ve been traumatized by (more than one) entrees that, under the guise of being vegetarian, were prepared with fish or meat broth, but that’s a story for another time- for now, I think I’ve found a solution. Cafe Corea came into my life at a time when I was fangirling nightly over Maangchi’s Youtube channel and yearning for some piping vegetarian tteokbokki to fill my weary stomach. I’m happy to inform you that this wish has been not fulfilled, but exceeded. I stopped by during the weekday lunchtime special ($1 off entrees) and was lured in by the promise of their $13 vegetarian ddek mandu guk- rice cakes and (to my astonishment) vegetarian dumplings in a rich, eggy broth. The location is low key, quiet, not as much of a crowd as there should be. Service was pretty prompt as well. It’s a little pricy, but I’ll probably dream about those savory, soupy little dumplings until I can go back again, hopefully try some other vegetarian options as well…I’m salivating all over my phone screen just writing this review. Well played, Cafe Corea- see you soon.