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[Best Korean Restaurants] CoCo / Frankfurt / Bibimbap, Bulgogi, Kimchi / Very casual and modern but tasty

CoCo is a Korean restaurant. There are a number of Korean restaurants in Frankfurt, but it would be categorized into a casual and modern kind of Korean restaurant here.

  • Where?

It’s located just a minute away from Hauptwache station. It’s also very close to Eschenheimer Tor. It’s not that noticeable, but if you come from the direction of Hauptwache station paying attention, you will find a restaurant with a modern looking on the left side.

  • Atmosphere & interior

This restaurant is rather modern than traditional (as for interiors also there are no traditional Korean stuff). If you feel like having traditional and very authentic Korean dishes, you will find more appropriate restaurant in Frankfurt.

  • How busy?

It’s not very spacious here. There is no tables available outside, so it would be better to make a reservation especially for dinner whatever the season is.

We’ve visited here around 1 – 2 pm on Saturdays in the past, but for the lunch time it’s really empty, so I’m pretty sure that you don’t have to make a reservation for lunch.

This time we (two adults) have visited here around 7 pm on a weekday without a reservation and there were still a last few tables available, so we were able to take a seat without waiting.

However, there were still a couple of groups coming in after we arrived, so probably we were just lucky this time that we didn’t have to wait.

  • Opening hours (Öffnungszeiten)

Monday – Friday: 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm, 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Saturday: 12:00 pm – 11.00 pm
Sunday: Closed

  • Service

It’s quite casual but it’s a restaurant (not an imbiss at all), so there are waiter/waitress and they accept a reservation. Apparently you can take out too.

When we were here for the lunch time, a young Korean lady was serving us as a waitress and she was very friendly. She was making some jokes several times and was funny. She asked me where I’m from and I answered from Japan, then she was asking me in broken Japanese “is it tasty?”, which was so lovely 🙂

It’s an aside, but I know a lot of Korean people (friends, former colleagues etc.) and I have an impression that Koreans have a good sense of humor. I sometimes felt that they might be a bit similar to Japanese people from west (Kansai or Kyusyu areas), especially Korean women.

They are not shy at all, relatively strong/independent but make a joke often and make you laugh. Very friendly and you can quickly become friends with them.

Korean men are very kind and gentlemen in my impression. I think in most of the cases they are better than Japanese men at acting up ladies first rule of etiquette and praising ladies. Common things in Korean women and men are that they are generous and very helpful.

  • What we ordered

Bibimbap mit Rind Bulgogi 13,40 EUR

(Bibimbab with beef Bulgogi)

※ You can check the menu (Speisekarte) here (the information online might be not up to date. There are some information that are different from what I saw at the venue).

Bibimbap here has spinach, fried eggs (yolk and egg white separately), zucchini, onion, carrot and sprout on white rice (vegetables are like Namul, tasting slightly cooked with sesame oil and salt). There are seven different kinds of Bibimbap, which are vegetarian, tofu, chicken, pork, beef, sashimi (salmon) and sashimi (tuna).

Besides Bibimbap, red chili paste (based on Gochujang), Kimchi and miso soup are served.

I usually order the one with beef. It is served with Bulgogi on top, which is soft and has a rich taste of garlic and ginger. By putting the red chili paste little by little (I’m not a big fan of very spicy food, therefore I don’t put entire amount of the red chili paste at once), it will taste fantastic!

The beef has a very nice taste and is very soft. Vegetables are cooked at the perfect degree – only cooked for a short while so they are nicely crispy and you can still feel their freshness. Vegetables and eggs are already spiced a bit (beef has spiced really well), therefore it’s tasty enough without putting the red chili paste so much.

Personally I’m interested in Bibimbap with sashimi. For me Bibimbap is a dish typically having some meat on it, therefore I’ve never heard of Bibimbap with sashimi. I usually order my favorite beef Bibimbap here, but I would like to try sashimi Bibimbap also in future 🙂

The good thing about this restaurant is that not only Bibimbap but also the red chili paste, Kimchi and miso soup are also served together. Kimchi must be home made I guess, and it’s very tasty. Personally I’m not a big fan of very sour Kimchi, but Kimchi here is nicely salty and spicy without being too sour.

Miso soup is nothing special with tofu and Chinese cabbage in it, however probably a bit too salty. It’s tasty, but I think it’s just germanized* 🙂

*Germans tend to like thick taste. On the table at home, Mensa (canteen at Universities) or canteen at work, it’s typical that there are a set of salt and pepper on the table. You try the dish first and if you think it’s not spiced enough, you just put salt, pepper or both of them on your own, adjust the taste as you like and continue.

  • Review

It’s not the most authentic and traditional restaurant here, so Bibimbap is served not in the stone bowl but in the normal ceramic bowl. Those who are very much into Bibimbap might not be able to tolerant to this 😉

Honestly I also prefer Bibimbap being served in the hot stone bowl with making a sound of ingredients still heated. And with the raw egg on top, so that you can crush and stir it with other ingredients on the hot stone bowl and some parts of rice get crispy….. those are ideal of course.

However, if you feel like enjoying Korean dishes casually, it’s perfect here. The taste is really good and authentic, shop persons are apparently mostly Koreans, and considering that Kimchi and miso soup are also included to the 13,40 EUR beef Bibimbap, I think it’s a very fair price. This is why I can be tolerant to its ceramic bowl as well 🙂

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