Well, Mandu might be fine... at least give it a try... the reviews mentioned it has a pretty nice interior... and since it is one of the very few Korean restaurants in D.C., it will probably be fine... Well for the record, I'm white... but having played the violin and cello from the age of 7, I grew up with a lot of Asian kids in my orchestra and at school, so from an early age I'd eat delicious Korean food at my Korean-American friends' houses, and in high school I played the violin in a Korean church and took Korean language lessons there after orchestra practice, and they'd always cook Korean food for us and feed us (eating is a big deal for Koreans). So I have a lot of experience with Korean food... I've eaten almost every type of Korean food known to man numerous times, I shop at Korean grocery stores and cook Korean food for myself at home, I grill bulgogi and samgyupsal on my butane-powered portable Korean grill, etc. etc. etc. Koreans and Korean-Americans tell me all the time that I'm "more Korean" than they are!
So my assertions still stand that the "average" white person with limited to no experience with Korean food has no frame of reference so might enjoy Mandu's "watered-down for the American palate" offerings, but an expert (such as myself even though I'm white) will most-likely be disappointed (however I'm going to go there next week with an open mind and lowered expectations, so it shouldn't be a horrible experience). And I made the analogy in the "beautiful woman threads" that the "average" white person finds Lucy Liu attractive but the majority of Asians don't, and that Asians are better qualified to discern Asian beauty than non-Asians, and that most non-Asians are unable to discern true beauty in Asian women... so from an Asian perspective, Korean actresses are more beautiful than Lucy Liu, and from a non-Asian perspective, Korean actresses look childish despite being in their twenties and early 30s. And the analogy I made to prove my point that Korean actresses like Jeon Ji Hyun are simply prettier than Lucy Liu was that if you go to a good Chinese or Korean restaurant and see lots of Chinese or Koreans, then it's probably a good restaurant because who better to judge Chinese or Korean food than Chinese or Korean people? So the fact that most Asians find Jeon Ji Hyun more attractive than Lucy Liu means that Jeon Ji Hyun is prettier than Lucy Liu because who better to judge Asian beauty than Asian people? If a Korean person goes to Mandu and says, "This bibimbap is not so good... it's bibimbap, but it's just not good" then that's the same thing as a Chinese or Korean person (or any qualified Asian Beauty Expert, like myself) saying "Lucy Liu is not so pretty... she's a famous actress, but she's just not that pretty." Of course, there are exceptions -- Tom Sietsema (Washington Post Food Critic) has a lot of experience with Korean food and he wasn't impressed with Mandu even though he's not Korean, and similarly, I have a lot of experience with Korean women and I don't think Lucy Liu is beautiful. Also, Tom Sietsema told us where there are better-quality Korean restaurants -- Annandale, VA -- and his opinion is reinforced by thousands of Koreans (who are a better judge of Korean food than non-Koreans) and I told you guys which girls have truer beauty than Lucy Liu -- Jeon Ji Hyun, Kim Hee Sun, Song Hye Gyo, Son Ye Jin, Lee Young Ae -- and my opinion is reinforced by thousands of Koreans (who are a better judge of beauty than non-Koreans). So, I'm right. The less you know about Korean food, the more you'll like Mandu... and the less you know about Asian women, the more you'll find Lucy Liu attractive... Of course, taste -- like beauty -- is relative... "taste is in the mouth of the eater", just as "beauty is in the eye of the beholder." Some may like Mandu -- I'm just pointing out better restaurants in Annandale; some may find Lucy Liu attractive -- I'm just pointing out truer beauties in Korean actresses. Some delusional non-Asians will continue eating at Mandu thinking the food is delicious, just as some delusional non-Asians will continue believing that Lucy Liu is pretty. Whatever, I don't care. To each his own, as I always say... I just want to educate people who don't know any better... So when it comes down to Korean food, don't settle for Mandu -- have a friend drive you over to Annandale! Try "Ye Cheon" restaurant, which is 100 times better than Mandu. And remember, when it comes to Asian women, don't settle for Lucy Liu -- Korean actresses rule!