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The Center City offshoot of North Philly’s hit Korean restaurant Seorabol is open, with chef Chris Cho serving Korean barbecue, bibimbap, stews, and more.
The menu, like the first Seorabol, offer classic Korean dishes as well as sushi. The barbecue will be on sizzle plates (not built into the table).
Meet The Chef
As a kid in Northeast Philadelphia, Chris Cho peeled vegetables in his father’s Korean restaurants, but he was not supposed to end up in the business.
Cho dutifully opened cellphone stores and flipped houses. His hustle was lucrative.But when his father, Kye, was sent to an emergency room one day about seven years ago, Cho stepped back to help at Seorabol, the family’s popular destination restaurant in the city’s Olney section.
Just a few years later, Cho is set up on the ground floor of the Center City One high-rise on Spruce Street near Broad, running a branch of Seorabol and sharing his heritage with a wider audience.
“I am so happy that this restaurant finally came to Center City! Looking for a Korean restaurants around the city is challenging because there aren't many. It's about time more Korean restaurants come to the city.It's the real deal here with the unlimited banchan (side dishes), the sizzling dolsot (hot stone) rice bowls (and many other rice bowls on the menu), the kbbq (galbi, bulgogi, spicy chicken) entrees (FYI: they do not have grills here). Although I haven't tried everything on their menu I have a feeling their menu won't disappoint. The 5 times I've already been here have been great. I've brought co-workers here to try out Korean food and they all loved their experience so far. I'll be back for sure!”
“Three of us ate here on a Saturday night; each one really enjoyed their meal - one barbecued beef which was very tasty, one bowl with seafood and tofu, and one pork dish. Prices were reasonable. We were pleasantly surprised with the atmosphere. The wait staff was great - courteous, knowledgeable, and helpful. We would definitely recommend this place to friends and would go there again.”
“Had a lovely dinner here before a show at Interact theater. The location makes it a perfect place to have some dinner before attending any of the spots near the Kimmel. Everything we ordered was fantastic. The flavors were incredibly complex and complimentary. But the highlight and the dish I cannot stop thinking about was the Coco Ceviche. The atmosphere was lovely and the staff, very personable and helpful. Until they get a liquor license, I recommend stopping next door for a few beers to enjoy with your meal. We will happily be back again soon!.”