Woo Nam Jeong Stone Bowl House

Woo Nam Jeong Stone Bowl House

Finally, after two years of Buford Highway adventures, we finally reached Woo Nam Jeong Stone Bowl House. I have heard nothing but good things about this spot since I got into the Buford Highway scene. Adam and I went by late on a Sunday night, about an hour before closing time.

Woo Nam Jeong Stone Bowl House interior

Part of the interior.

The restaurant was fairly empty at that time of night, and we had to wait a little bit to get seated. The menu we looked at had a really intriguing 12-course fixed menu for $79. That sounds worth investigating!

The menu had other intriguing dishes, and some interesting descriptions…

Familiar american proteins

…but eventually we settled on what we wanted to order. Obviously in a place called Stone Bowl House, we weren’t going to skip getting stone bowl bibimbap. So we got the kimchi daegee gogi dolsot bibimbap and the soondubu jjigae, which was described by the menu as a tofu casserole. First up, as always, was the banchan, and more of it than I expected.

Woo Nam Jeong Stone Bowl House banchan


Woo Nam Jeong Stone Bowl House banchan

More banchan.

The soondubu jjigae came out boiling in it stone bowl and the bibimbap came out crackling it its bowl. Of course, we split our two entrees.

Kimchi daegee gogi dolsot bibimbap

Kimchi daegee gogi dolsot bibimbap ($14.95).

The bibimbap was pretty good. We got he one with the kimchee and the bulgogi to help “cover more ground” when it comes to korean cuisine classics, but it may be that we gave up some of the simple pleasure of the dish in doing so. Still it had nice flavor and we enjoyed it. There wasn’t any liquid served to stir into the bibimbap, but the rice crisped nicely, and not too much.

Soondubu jjigae

Soondubu jjigae ($10.95).

I should have known that the soondubu jjigae would be a soup/stew from the use of the word “jjigae” but I simply wasn’t paying attention and the use of the word “casserole” in the description distracted me. The stew also had a lot of things in it at also failed to blow us away.

As with Man Chun Hong, perhaps all the acclamations and general hype built us up for a letdown at Woo Nam Jeong Stone Bowl House. Don’t get me wrong, we weren’t disappointed in the food, interior or service in any way. We just weren’t blown away. Perhaps it was a case of wrong place/wrong time. If you’re a huge fan of Woo Nam Jeong Stone Bowl House, please comment and let us know where we missed, because it seems weird to us that we didn’t enjoy this place more.

Until further investigation can be had, 3 stars.

Woo Nam Jeong Stone Bowl House
5953 Buford Highway
Atlanta, GA 30340

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6 thoughts on “Woo Nam Jeong Stone Bowl House

  1. We usually order the mushroom bibimbap and the squid bimbimbap plus maybe the kalbi which is different than SoKongDong in that they leave the rib intact and cut the meat off at the table. The bossam is pretty good too. I don’t think they are known for soondubu and even the seafood pancake – both of those are better at SoKongDong.

    • Ugh, sorry! I’m not dead, and I’m not done blogging. I’ve just been going through some work and family stuff. I plan to get back on a regular schedule before the new year.

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