New Korea Restaurant in Marina, CA – our review

Delicious bibimbap!

We were down in Monterey, California last week and craving some Korean food. Since we moved to Santa Cruz, we haven’t had access to all the wonderful, authentic Korean restaurants and grocery stores that were available to us in San Jose. Needless to say, we were happy to stumble upon New Korea Restaurant, a little gem tucked away in Marina about 10 miles north of Monterey.

When we first walked into New Korea restaurant, it felt like we were back in Seoul. The restaurant’s decor almost perfectly matched one of our favorite restaurants in Seoul, complete with its enclosed tables, Korean-inspired wallpaper, and alcohol advertisements. And it wasn’t just the decor that reminded us of Seoul – the food was pretty spot on too.


Yummy panchan.

Our favorite part of any Korean meal is the banchan, or small appetizers, and it’s always a treat when a restaurant serves more than five or six. New Korea Restaurant served up ten in total – awesome.

Broccoli panchan

Hagana ordered his usual, yukaejang, a sort of Korean spicy beef stew. Our picture won’t look appetizing to some, but it tastes better than it looks.


Callie tried the dolsot bibimbap sans beef and was very happy. The vegetables were diverse and yummy – there were three different kinds of mushrooms in there.

Vegetarian Bibimbap


If you want to read more, check out New Korea Restaurant’s yelp profile, and if you’re ever in the Marina area, definitely give New Korea restaurant a try!

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