Miga Brings Korean To Center City


Miga brings Korean food to Center City Philadelphia and Craig LaBan wonders, what took so long.

Like many Korean restaurants, Miga’s menu is huge, with both strengths and weaknesses. The place has many of the standards down pat, including the huge pajun pancakes, their crisp outsides and soft interiors laced with everything from seafood to tangy kimchi or beef and hot peppers. There is an excellent version of jap chae, the springy, clear, sweet potato noodles in lightly sweet dark sauce that, in the veggie rendition, came with the fantastic crunch of exotic, coral-like rehydrated mushrooms. The dduk bokki, tubular rice flour dumplings that resemble soft gnocchi, came in a vivid orange sauce tinged with red pepper powder that, in combination with the dumplings’ pleasantly sticky chew, stoked Miga’s hottest glow.

Two Bells – Very Good

Miga [Philadelphia Inquirer]
Miga [Official Site]

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  • O Diddy

    There’s been a Korean spot (Miran) at 21st and Chestnut for years.

  • matt

    I know it’s a bit different, but Giwa kicks ass too.

  • JL

    Miga is terrible. Their very standard dishes are mediocre at best. Once they served me a clam that hadn’t opened, and when I pointed it out to them, I’m pretty sure they just took it to the back and opened it by force. Their dishes in general are way too salty. You would probably only like this place if you’re not at all accustomed to Korean food in any way. My Korean boyfriend has officially put it on his do-not-dine list. Giwa is way, way better. Not to mention way cheaper.

  • kay

    i agree. giwa’s is so good, i would probably never go back to miga’s. pastorale also has some good ddukboki (13th and between walnut and locust).

  • JeanK

    wow… are you guys work for those restaurants??
    well, I’m glad this people are not food critic.. anyway, the past 3 time I went to MIGA has been great.
    MIGA is not like north philly korean spot (I’m not gonna name my fav. spot like others). It’s like comparing steak house burger vs. Mcdonald burger!!! I had my parent -believe me they are hard to please- from LA and they were very happy with the food and service. I mean, most the dinner entree is less than $20 (and some are $11-15) with refil banchan and server cooks your meat at the table.. this is the place I bring my non-korean friends to impress how Korean food is!!!

  • Miss Thing

    Their bathrooms, when they actually work, are disgusting & we all know how to judge the cleanliness of a restaurant’s kitchen…..