Mokban Korean Bistro

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217 Westminster St, Providence, Rhode Island, USA, 02903

Serves meat, vegan options available. The last page of the menu lists the veggie dishes. Each main dish (such as kimchi soup) come served on a tray with a side dish (such as rice to complement the soup), 3 little sides, and a little sweet.

Categories: Korean, Non-veg

2 Reviews

First Review by s_k_

NO vegan options and not willing to accommodate - Edit

I was very blatantly told they would not/could not accommodate a vegan diet by the hostess.

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outstanding option - Edit

A terrific new option in Providence. Walked past, went in to ask if they had any vegetarian options, and got pointed to the last page, which summarizes the veggie options from the rest of the menu (and there's a whole page of them). So, despite knowing nothing about them, we decided to give them a try.

The main dishes come served on a tray with the main dish (say, a kimchi soup), a side dish (rice to complement the soup), three little sides (today, for vegetarians: a Korean "mapo tofu", pickled greens, and corn salad), and a little sweet (watermelon cube with apple bits in syrup). So the presentation and experience is itself something.

Every single thing we had was excellent. The main and rice were great, the mapo was unusual, the pickled veggies were fine, and the corn salad, which was surprisingly sweet, was stunning: like every-taste-making-your-nerves-jingle stunning. The sweet was also gorgeous. Couldn't have had a better meal.

We don't usually get dessert but we did here -- an ice cream flight of East Asian-flavored ice creams -- and that was also worth it.

Though the prices are technically not cheap, they are very reasonable given the ambiance, quality, and quantity. For instance, we had intended to order a starter until we found out about the dinner trays, and we're glad we didn't order one. But there's more to it.

As several people have commented, they do not accept tips. It's not just a recommendation: the credit card receipt comes with no tip line. Once you factor that in, the prices are even more reasonable. And no-tip is of course in many ways a much nicer experience for customers.

Though several reviews have said the food was very slow, we didn't have that experience: it was around 6:30pm on a Tuesday night but the place was mostly full. It did take a _bit_ longer to get our food than we expected, but not unreasonably so (certainly no hour-long wait or anything of the sort).

Also, the service was excellent, and the no-tip policy improved the service dynamic: it left the waitstaff free to act as a team. They came around frequently, all seemed on the ball, and we got service from whoever was available nearby rather than having to wait for "our" waitress.

I had only one complaint. The bathroom in the back is through a service area that had a really strong bleach smell, and the restrooms were not quite up to the standard the restaurant set. They really need to work on that: it's just not consistent with the mood that everything

Pros: veggie menu + veggie mystery sides, delicious, interesting, classy food, prices reasonable once you consider portion/no-tip

Cons: only so many veggie mains

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