Discover Restaurants offering the best Korean food in Shalimar, Florida, United States. Shalimar is a town in Okaloosa County, Florida, United States. The population was 717 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Fort Walton Beach–Crestview–Destin Metropolitan Statistical Area.
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The area isn't great, the building looks a little run down. The restrooms....a little scary. This isn't your new age contemporary Korean restaurant. Northwest Florida isn't a hotbed of Korean food, but it looks like all of the Korean restaurants in the region are located in Fort Walton. Osan is a hole in the wall restaurant that feeds a certain niche of clientele including: Korean American military personnel stationed nearby, retired military who served in Korea, and tourists who are craving Korean food. The server has a Korean-waitress sassiness to her, but in the end, she was very friendly and welcoming. She has a great rapport with returning customers and treated us like we were family. The food is of above average quality. My wife had the stone pot rice bowl (dol sot bibimbap) that actually came on a stone pan (dol pan), I had the squid stir fry (o jing ah bokeum) and my kids had the rice cake soup (dduk guk), which she split into two for my two young boys to share. Good homemade flavors with a good number of sides. It's not the best Korean food, but it's very good considering the circumstances. We'll be back again next time we're in NWF.
4 based on 13 reviews
We were excited to try this place... a local place I'd heard a lot about. We went for dinner on a Monday evening. There are only about 7 or 8 tables, and we snagged the last one. Out drink order was taken quickly, but then we waited for about 15 minutes to place our meal order. After placing our order it was at least 50 minutes until we got our food. No refills on our drinks were offered. Granted, the food was delicious. Pork bulgogi and tofu soup along with their assortment of kimchis...no complaints there! Even allowing for the full house of customers, it was really just way too long of a wait for the food. I doubt we'll go back.
After parking in the ample parking lot in the rear of the building, I walked into the very clean, simply decorated entryway past the sign with a picture of a bowl of beebimbop into the restaurant. There were two tables occupied, the bar stools were empty, and I waited a moment to be seated. All the staff were in the kitchen, but I was greeted quickly.I was seated, ordered iced tea and beef bulgogi (hot) and waited. The tea was brought in a glass tumbler. The sweet tea was perfect. I'd guess they make it just like I do with about half a cup of sugar per gallon, not overly sweet like some places do it. The miso soup was brought. I'm not a big fan of miso soup so I'm not a good judge of it, but it was alright. The kimchi was exactly what I expect from kimchi, served cold with a variety of flavors.The bulgogi had a very nice presentation. The bulgogi flavor was milder than I'm accustomed to, but had a wider variety of flavors in it so that each bite had some variety. The meat was tender and pleasant with an overall fresh crispness to the meal. The hot wasn't very hot, so if you like your mouth on fire, you might want to order it extra hot. Some places serve bulgogi very wet, leaving layer of liquid underneath. That was not the case here. When I finished, the plate was basically dry. I was dining alone and had little time, so it was good that I was able to leave only 25 minutes after I first entered the restaurant. It's a great quick lunch.
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