• kō än - Maybe closed

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Serves meat, vegan options available. Southeast Asian inspired food. Sister restaurant to Raleigh's SoCa and BuKu. Has several small plate options, and at least 3 entrees, which include seitan larb, fried cauliflower, Korean fried seitan, yakisoba noodle bowl, mushroom ramen, and Korean tofu bbq. Vegan options are not labelled so ask staff to clarify. NOTE: Maybe closed September 2023 - please send updates to HappyCow. Open Mon-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm, Mon-Thu 5:00pm-9:00pm, Sat 5:00pm-10:00pm. Closed Sun.

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4 Reviews

First Review by turtleveg


Points +1162

24 Dec 2022


Another reviewer mentions a vegan menu upon request but when I asked my server about vegan options this was not mentioned. Our server did confirm with chefs that 2 of the appetizers and a couple of entrees could be prepared vegan. I was very excited about this, particularly to try the dumplings. However, our server only put in half of our order so I received the veggie and sweet potato sushi but not the appetizers nor entree I ordered. The atmosphere was very nice, the cocktails were good, and the sweet potato tempura sushi was especially good because of the peanut sauce. However, omitting $54 worth of food ordered seems like more than a small mistake to me and it did sour my overall experience. Honestly, I would not have ordered 3 drinks if not for the mistaken belief that I had 2 appetizers and an entree on the way; my food-to-alcohol was way off and it left me feeling like crap. By the time the server offered to put the order for the 3 dishes we had ordered an hour before, it was nearly 9 PM (closing time) and I had to be up for work at 6 AM. Thanks, but I don’t want to pay $34 for an entree that’s rushed in the last 10 minutes of closing. In retrospect I question why I was willing to pay $34 for tofu and rice to begin with so I don’t know when/if I’ll return to give kō än another try.

Update: Gave the place a second try and we had a much better server. I actually tried the entrees this time! They also charge less for the vegan option than the price for the nonvegan version listed on the menu so I was happy with that. The menu is marked for vegetarian options so I still had to ask the server which options could be made vegan. The appetizers were very good. The Korean bbq made vegan was pretty good as well. Overall, it’s a bit pricey but it has a good atmosphere and can easily accommodate large groups, which isn’t true of many local places with vegan options. It would be a great place for company dinners.

Updated from previous review on 2022-10-04



Points +33

24 Sep 2020

Perfect date night spot

This restaurant is a beautiful place for a nice date or dinner. They have a vegan menu on request, good pricing for a fancy restaurant, and the service and ambiance of an upscale restaurant.

Pros: Upscale, Vegan menu, Fair pricing

Cons: Small portions


Points +74

20 Sep 2020

The Server Saved It!

I visited the first time tonight with my heart set on the vegan menu I saw online. I was told the website had not been updated since COVID and there was no paper vegan menu. Another server swooped in and explained how the “vegetarian option” items could be made vegan. They didn’t have seitan but was able to have tofu in the two main dishes. Everything was delicious, the atmosphere was beautiful, and the service was excellent.


Points +1564

07 Jan 2020

Great space with creative vegan menu

Ask for the separate vegan menu - it has several options that are already veganized. The regular menu has "option" listed but it is sometimes unclear what the substitute would be. We visited on New Years Eve for an early dinner and really enjoyed everything we ordered. Our server was knowledgeable. This restaurant is run by the same people who operate SoCa in Raleigh and the former Raleigh location of BuKu. It is a similar vibe - a large space that feels a little upscale but not exclusive, with great service and excellent menu options. Great for dates or special occasions. All the food is Southeast Asian inspired. We tried the seitan larb, fried cauliflower, Koren Fried Seitan, Yakisoba noodle bowl, and mushroom ramen. Loved all of it.

Pros: separate all-vegan menu, zen vibe

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