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“Good food and some North Korean atmosphere”

Koryo Phenyan Restaurant
Ranked #261 of 15,641 Restaurants in Moscow
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: European, Japanese, Korean, Grill
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed 10 February 2015

The restaurant which is located just next to a big shopping center on Ul. Vavilova serves nicely-made Korean food. Unfortunately, there is just a limited number of North Korean drinks, including Pyoengyang soju (vodka), two more liquors, and North Korean mineral water. Unfortunately, many other drinks are either western soft drinks, or Russian/Japanese beer.

The restaurant has some North Korean atmosphere (uniformed waitresses) and some (mildly socialist) paintings. A single flat-screen TV in the restaurant showed North Korean music about the 'beloved leader Kim Jong Un' - with a rather nice band performing this.

Eating out at the Koryo Phenyan is a pleasant experience -- but not as different from other Korean/Asian restaurants as you might expect.

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Reviewed 27 June 2014 via mobile

ATTENTION: this restaurant is actually on ul. Vavilova, if you walk past the big Auchan supermarket on your right it's about 50 metres further along in the same building as a Nike clothing shop.

As much as I enjoyed living in Moscow as a student, the city lags well behind its European counterparts when it comes to eating out, with almost no options beyond chains restaurants. This place is a rare exception.

The service was so courteous and competent that it was almost unnerving to someone used to Russian ways, and the food was very spicy even for my British palate! Thankfully the beer was as fairly priced as the food, and kimichi was included.

If you have any interest in either Korean food or the Hermit Kingdom this place is a must.

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Reviewed 14 March 2014 via mobile

I've just had dinner at the Koryo restaurant. It's a short walk from Leninskiy Prospekt metro.

What to say? Well, it's the real deal. All the waitresses are genuine North Koreans, presumably given special dispensation to travel to Moscow as employees. The place has giant murals (although none of the kims), but otherwise feels much like any other restaurant, although the staff are unusually attentive and prompt.

I felt a bit awkward visiting, as I know that I'm helping to provide the regime with hard currency, but my curiosity won out. One of the waitresses spoke a little English and confirmed that they get to keep cash tips, so I made sure to tip extra generously.

If nobody in your party speaks Korean or Russian, you'll find it hard going but the menus have photos of almost all the dishes. Although I didn't go for the food, I was surprised by the very high standard.

A very interesting experience all round.

Thank jwcane
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