A quiet and casual atmosphere with roomy booths or tables for four, with a cooktop on your table for you to cook your own meal should you choose to. There is a bell at each table that you press when service is needed.
The extensive menu includes dumplings, savoury pancakes, salads, deep fried meat, noodles, table cooking hot pots, BBQ, stews, and more, with most plates under $20 and table cooking under $60.
Mahn Doo tofu and seafood soup #BED
Though much desired, the cook your own hotpot options were mostly meat based, so instead, we shared the silken tofu and seafood soup, and sweet and sour stir fry calamari.
The silken tofu and seafood soup, while appearing the least desirable of all the choices in the picture, was warming, aromatic, and moreish - silken tofu pieces stewed with small near dissolved morsels of mussels, and prawns, in a chilli oil based soup.
Mahn Doo spicy calamari #BED
The calamari was likewise tasty, mildly spicy, but akin to a regular stir-fry, so took a back seat to the stew. Some added vegetables would have been nice.
Portions were large and plenty and came accompanied with rice and five side dishes - my favourite reason for dining in Korean restaurants. The five included marinated silken tofu, spicy kimchi, pickled taro root, pickled bean sprouts and pickled radish. The accompaniments are the perfect way to sample the various flavours of Korean cuisine; serving well to cleanse the palate in between the spicy flavours of our two dishes. Enjoy the house soju (rice wine) to complete the Korean experience.
Mahn Doo rates high for food and service. We were left to sit and eat peacefully for 3 hours - the way meals are meant to be enjoyed.