Reopened as a restaurant from a karaoke bar a few months ago, this is the best Korean food I've had in Minnesota or San Francisco, on par with the best I had in Hawaii. This place blew me away! I never ate here before because of this Citysearch's bad reviews, but I wanted Korean food on a Tues, when Mirror of Korea is closed. I asked the cashier at Kim's Oriental Market where a good place was to go and she pointed across the street to Sole Cafe. My husband and I were skeptical but we gave it a shot. Oh my god, I'm so glad we did! The best Korean food I had since Sorabol in Honolulu.
The food --- I knew it was going to be awesome as soon as we received our little dishes of kimchi and panchan (cold vegetable dishes). They served kong namool (lightly marinated soy bean sprouts), which I only ever see at the better restaurants. All the vegetables were crunchy and fresh, which is always a crapshoot at other restaurants. The kimchi too was freshly made and delicious, according to my husband (I don't eat kimchi). I was told that the owner makes the namool fresh everyday and the kimchi every few days. The spinach for the sigeumchi namool was picked up at a farmer's market. The kalbi is thick meaty tender and rich. The pork bulgogi is so tender and spicy. The sauces for each were so flavorful. The grilled mackeral was crispy salty oily delicious. The food was such a huge surprise.
I've been there many times since and it has been excellent consistently. I've taken my brother and referred all my friends to this place, I've sent customers of mine to this place. I really don't want this place to fail because it is a gem in the the Midwest, no joke. They have amazing chigae (spicy stew), ojingae bokum (spicy squid), chap chae (clear noodle stir fry). They have an amazing lunch special from 11am to 2:30pm, $8 for many different dishes.
As with many home grown immigrant run places, the service is a little different than what you get at an ""American"" restaurant. The owner is very friendly and chatty (which I like) and does all the cooking 6 days a week (they're closed on Wed). The waitress is sweet and a little bit flighty. There might be a little miscommunication or forgetfulness, but they correct everything quickly so give them a chance. Please tip them as well as if you'd tip a fancy place, they deserve it.
If you love Korean food, you must eat here.
Pros: Best Korean food, homy place with friendly staff
Cons: closed on Wednesdays