Sounds like this place is vegetarian, right? Wrong. They have plenty of meat dishes as well. So, this is a good option if you have a mixed group of vegetarian and meat eaters. And you know you are having authentic Korean food, when you find people of its ethnicity eating there. On the Saturday evening when Glen and I visited Tofu Village and Korean BBQ, we were definitely outnumbered by the Koreans dining here which is always a good sign to me.
I’ll get to the food in a moment but first the decor. Tofu Village Korean BBQ is tucked into the corner of a strip mall located at Sandy Plain and Canton Hwy, which is also home to Tuesday Morning, a Cigar Store and a bar name “The Place” The layout of the place is extremely odd to me. The cashier station is at the front but they also have a sink in plain view for diners to see. They also have an office that they have tried to partition off but you can still see the files, papers and storage boxes laying around. What I do like is that they have the tables far enough apart that you don’t feel cramped.
You can tell this place is frequented by those of Korean decent as the televisions always have Korean stations on and much of the posters on the walls as well as the menus are in Korean. Of course the menus have an English translation as well.
You have two options – Korean BBQ or everything else. I’ve only gone for the everything else options the 2 visits I’ve had at Tofu Village. The first time was for lunch and I had strips of beef with rice. I don’t know what it is was marinated in, but the beef was delicious. My only complaint was that the portion was a little small. The next visit (dinner this time) I opted for the hot pot. This was with rice and beef (it tasted much like Mongolian Beef to me). My advice is, is if you really want a good portion of meat, order a dish who’s first ingredient is beef, pork, chicken. If you order something that has a description like “Stir-fried vegetables with beef…” you will be disappointed at the lack of beef.
All entrees come with a small salad and pan chan which is 6 (very small) vegetable side dishes which consist of tofu, beans, fruit, potatoes, cucumbers, and something else which I can’t identify. Service was very friendly – they are helpful in explaining about different entrees and don’t look down on patrons who opt to eat with a fork instead of chopsticks.
Next time I go back I’m trying the Korean BBQ….
700 Sandy Plains Rd NE
Marietta, GA 30066