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No one is going to accuse the folks at Kimchi Korean restaurant of being too warm and fuzzy. The first time I tried to visit the Oviedo restaurant I stood at the front door for several minutes without an acknowledgement from the staff. I finally just left and went to a nearby lunch spot.

The second time I entered, alone, it was made clear to me that I could sit at the bar area, overlooking the unkemptness of scattered papers and a couple of wine bottles (this was not a working bar, apparently), or nowhere. The empty tables would not be wasted on a solo diner.

The attitude isn’t keeping people away, however. The place seems to do a brisk business. 

I opted for one of the lunch specials, a spicy pork bulgogi box. It featured sliced pork sauteed with onions and peppery seasoning, but it wasn’t nearly spicy enough to be called spicy pork. It was accompanied by a ball of white rice, some soggy tempura, a surprisingly meager serving of kimchi, and a pretty good fresh salad with peanut dressing. 

I found it all fairly unremarkable, but when I was leaving I noticed the people sitting next to me were being served more traditional Korean dishes from the main menu and it all looked much more enticing.

So I guess if I were to go back I would eschew the bulgogi box lunches and stick to the main menu.

But unless I know that I would be more welcomed, that isn’t likely to happen. You go; let me know how it is.

Kimchi Korean restaurant is at 7 Alafaya Woods Blvd., Oviedo. It is open for lunch and dinner daily. Here is a link to the restaurant’s website. The phone number is 407-977-4455.

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0 #5 Mark 2014-04-23 14:23
Well it's obvious they mistreat some and discriminate against people. I wouldn't say they are warm if several and even a critic have been treated in a not so friendly manner. The people working there are rude arrogant cold and abusive. I'm sure they are nice to many and rude to many. Not a way to run a business. I would go back for the food but never eat there.
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0 #4 Al Cappo 2014-04-02 20:54
Not sure which Kimchi did the rest go to but the one listed on above address is by far the warmest family place whose owners/waitstaf f will go as far as stirring your rice bowl and take time educating you about their menu. I''m european and my wife is not Korean either so one can't blame them for being partial in that direction.
Awesome food and very friendly people that deserve the amount of business they have.
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0 #3 mark n 2014-03-13 07:53
went several times and had the worst service there- they treat customers like trash. they have the absolute worst service to exist and even harass customers. Not surprised you were treated that way. I would never dine there and too scared to get take out now who knows what they're going to do. The people that work there are sociopaths, and that's being nice.
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0 #2 Joe D. 2013-07-23 11:54
Went once, about a year and a half or two ago, was underwhelmed, haven't been back. I don't remember anything positive from the experience, or all that negative for that matter...
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0 #1 Joe D. 2013-07-23 11:54
Went once, about a year and a half or two ago, was underwhelmed, haven't been back. I don't remember anything positive from the experience, or all that negative for that matter...
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