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Mokja, Ambler, PA

Mokja

4.4
4.4
70 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary Korean

Chef Daniel An is a New Jersey/ Philadelphia native. He has worked his way up as a chef in some of Philadelphia's most notable restaurants. He was the Opening Executive Chef at Newtown's Ko, moved onto working at Michael Schulson's Sampan as well as Double Knot. He also sharpened his fish skills at Royal Sushi and Zama. He was most recently the Executive Chef at Southgate.
Chef An met his fiancé in Ambler which led to his decision to open his restaurant there. He is now an Ambler resident. You can catch him around town walking his two dogs, Henry and Louie. He is excited to share his unique approach to Korean food at Mokja and is knowledge of Asian cuisine all together.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Korean, Korean, Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Sat 12:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (215) 220-4411

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    DANIEL AN

  • Catering

    We would love to cater your next event! Any item from the menu can be customized to fit your event. Mokja can also personally create a one of a kind dish just for you. Give us a call!

  • Neighborhood

    Ambler

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch

Popular dishes

Menu

Appetizers

  • Mokja Fries$6.00

    Hand cut, Korean chili, fresh garlic, fry sauce

    • Korean Kicker Shrimp$12.00

      Crispy shrimp, sweet kimchi glaze

      • Brussel Sprouts$8.00

        Fried brussels, bacon, kimchi vinagrette

        • Charred Broccoli$8.00

          Korean chili flake buttermilk dressing

          • Korean Fried Chicken Wings$9.00

            Soy garlic, sweet n spicy, super spicy, six or twelve. Can be made gluten free. Made fresh, please allow wait time

            • Mandu$10.00

              Korean dumplings, beef +$1 or vegetable (6pc)

              • Truffle Edamame Mandu$10.00

                Truffle edamame dumplings with bulgogi mushrooms

                • Edamame$6.00

                  Tossed in Korean chili, garlic, ginger and sesame

                  • Pajeon$7.00

                    Crispy savory Korean pancake, vegetable or kimchi bacon

                    Salad

                    • House Salad$6.00

                      Mixed greens, radish, pickled tomato, red onion, soy vinaigrette

                      • Chicken Katsu Salad$12.00

                        Mixed greens, pickled tomato, bean sprouts, carrot, scallion, sesame vinaigrette

                        Entrees

                        • Hot Chicken Sandwich$12.00

                          Spicy crispy chicken, diakon slaw, mayo, house pickles, brioche bun

                          • Mokja Burger$13.00

                            8 oz bulgogi marnianted Angus beef, lettuce, pickled tomato, onion, house pickles, spicy mayo

                            • Chicken Katsu$15.00

                              Panko crusted chicken, katsu gravy, cabbage slaw, vegetable, rice

                              • Bibimbap$12.00

                                Carrot, spinach, beansprouts, cucumber, rice, fried egg. Gluten free version avaliable

                                • Japchae$13.00

                                  Glass noodles, vegetables, beef, pork, tofu, chicken

                                  • SSAM$13.00

                                    Korean lettcue wraps, lettcue, pickled diakon, spicy cucumbers, rice kbbq mushroom & tofu, bulgogi beef +$1, spicy pork, or chicken

                                    • Ramen Yaki$12.00

                                      Stir fried ramen, vegetables, scallion, soft boiled egg, spicy sauce on side

                                      • Crusted Filet$20.00

                                        Miso glaze, crispy cheese potato

                                        • Branzino$18.00

                                          Cripsy skin, mushroom rice, asparagus, soy ginger sauce

                                          Sides

                                          • Crispy Tofu$5.00

                                            • White Rice$3.00

                                              • Miso Eggplant$5.00

                                                • Side Salad$4.00

                                                  • Kimchi$3.00

                                                    Kids Menu

                                                    • Chicken Katsu

                                                      • Corn Dogs

                                                        • Fries

                                                          • Broccoli

                                                            • Apple Sauce

                                                              Kids Drink

                                                              • Coke Products

                                                                • Korean Soda

                                                                  What 70 people are saying

                                                                  Overall ratings and reviews

                                                                  4.4
                                                                  4.4 based on all time ratings
                                                                  • 4.6Food
                                                                  • 4.4Service
                                                                  • 3.9Ambience
                                                                  • 4.4Value

                                                                  NoiseModerate

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                                                                  1. DR

                                                                    DonnaR

                                                                    Philadelphia

                                                                    6 reviews

                                                                    5.0

                                                                    6 reviews

                                                                    Dined on February 19, 2022

                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                    Our first time here and definitely won’t be our last! Food was excellent! Our server was wonderful! Great date night!

                                                                  2. d

                                                                    danam

                                                                    Birmingham

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    5.0

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    Dined on February 13, 2022

                                                                    overall5food5service4ambience4

                                                                    Great food and really friendly staff/owner. Would definitely go back!

                                                                  3. OT

                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                    Philadelphia

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    5.0

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    Dined on February 4, 2022

                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                    Unique dining experience, exceptional food!

                                                                  4. OT

                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                    Philadelphia

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    5.0

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    Dined on January 29, 2022

                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                    Soooo good!!!!

                                                                  5. M

                                                                    Margot

                                                                    Charleston

                                                                    5 reviews

                                                                    3.0

                                                                    5 reviews

                                                                    Dined on December 31, 2021

                                                                    overall3food4service3ambience3

                                                                    We came for dinner on NYE and were the only ones there. The apps were delicious but the entree (spicy pork) was lacking flavor. As someone who lived in Korea for 4 years I was disappointed. Service was below average. We were never checked on and our water was never refilled. Another family was seated right next to us when the entire place was empty.

                                                                  6. OT

                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                    San Francisco

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    4.0

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    Dined on December 11, 2021

                                                                    overall4food5service4ambience4

                                                                    Great food and service. Wait times for food were very long though.

                                                                  7. J

                                                                    Jilly

                                                                    Philadelphia

                                                                    21 reviews

                                                                    vip
                                                                    2.0

                                                                    21 reviews

                                                                    Dined on December 5, 2021

                                                                    overall2food4service2ambience2

                                                                    We truly feel this restaurant has incredible potential for the ingredients and prep are quality. The restaurant was freezing which led everyone to keep coats around shoulders. The server never even faked a smile once. She just seemed miserable. The limited menu means all items are deliciously made to order which they were. There was an item I requested that was not available any longer. Menus and website could be updated. We definitely will give it a second chance in the Spring.

                                                                  8. N

                                                                    Nightowl

                                                                    Hawaii

                                                                    18 reviews

                                                                    1.0

                                                                    18 reviews

                                                                    Dined on December 4, 2021

                                                                    overall1food1service2ambience2

                                                                    There was a high pitched sound that kind of reminded you were in the dentist office or something. Very cold inside, had to keep your winter jacket on. The spicy pork was burnt to charcoal on one side, very unacceptable. Told them about it and they were clueless. Would not recommend.

                                                                  9. OT

                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                    Philadelphia

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    1.0

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    Dined on December 4, 2021

                                                                    overall1food1service2ambience1

                                                                    Terrible experience. Went on a Saturday night and it was dead in there. One other couple was eating, it was freezing inside, no heat, just a small space heater and dark, not inviting. Service was fine, server was nice. Food was terrible. Yaki Ramen was greasy, fried tofu was over cooked and hard. Tofu came out way before the food and was cold. Portions were smaller than last time on some dishes. Kimchi was pungent, so they served us older kimchi instead fresh. White rice was old and not fresh. Seated near the bathroom and it stank of urinal cakes. Don’t know how they’re still open. Meal was $100 and the biggest waste of money. Really regret going there and will never go back.

                                                                  10. AP

                                                                    AllisonP

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    5.0

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    Dined on December 3, 2021

                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                    Delicious Korean food. Fresh ingredients and very balanced preparation. I’ll definitely be going back.

                                                                  11. S

                                                                    Sonalstar

                                                                    Washington DC

                                                                    8 reviews

                                                                    5.0

                                                                    8 reviews

                                                                    Dined on December 3, 2021

                                                                    overall5food5service4ambience3

                                                                    Food was excellent as always however we were seated next to a door that had a large draft of cold air coming in, making the dining experience very uncomfortable.

                                                                  12. K

                                                                    Kathy

                                                                    Philadelphia

                                                                    31 reviews

                                                                    vip
                                                                    4.0

                                                                    31 reviews

                                                                    Dined on October 2, 2021

                                                                    overall4food4service4ambience3

                                                                    The cucumber salad was outstanding! Very fresh with loads of garden tomatoes and a very good dressing. The sauce on the brussel sprout appetizer was very, very good. We had the bimibob with Tofu. The tofu was super crispy and the taste was delicious but the rice was not crispy.

                                                                  13. RM

                                                                    RobbM

                                                                    Philadelphia

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    vip
                                                                    5.0

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    Dined on September 25, 2021

                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                    Love this place!!! Food and service were exceptional.

                                                                  14. JI

                                                                    JuliaI

                                                                    Philadelphia

                                                                    4 reviews

                                                                    4.0

                                                                    4 reviews

                                                                    Dined on August 20, 2021

                                                                    overall4food3service4ambience3

                                                                    Appetizers of kimchi and fried Brussels sprouts were amazing. The meal itself lacked flavor and was a little bland. My husband’s egg on top of the bipimbap bowl was over cooked unfortunately. We sat outside which was nice but the tables wobbled a lot and the design of chairs and table were not ideal - the wide slots made chopsticks difficult to control and needed very careful placement of cups.

                                                                  15. B

                                                                    Barry

                                                                    Philadelphia

                                                                    53 reviews

                                                                    vip
                                                                    5.0

                                                                    53 reviews

                                                                    Dined on August 6, 2021

                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                    Another great dining experience at Mokja! Yummy food, in a cool setting!

                                                                  16. D

                                                                    Disappointed

                                                                    Philadelphia

                                                                    14 reviews

                                                                    5.0

                                                                    14 reviews

                                                                    Dined on July 31, 2021

                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                    First visit a couple weeks ago was excellent. Brought friends and crossed fingers for second visit - outstanding. Warmly welcomed back by George who quickly got us glasses for our wine and beer. Once again tried Chef Daniels special and it did not disappoint. The other entrees were all wonderfully flavorful. Brussels sprouts were a stand out app but also loved the edamame, shrimp and fries. Thought we were too full for dessert but it was so good we cleaned the plate. 100% recommend and looking forward to our next visit.

                                                                  17. OT

                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                    New York Area

                                                                    7 reviews

                                                                    vip
                                                                    5.0

                                                                    7 reviews

                                                                    Dined on July 31, 2021

                                                                    overall5food5service4ambience4

                                                                    First time we went for dinner, excellent food and evening. Highly recommend…

                                                                  18. o

                                                                    okay

                                                                    Philadelphia

                                                                    49 reviews

                                                                    4.0

                                                                    49 reviews

                                                                    Dined on July 28, 2021

                                                                    overall4food5service3ambience3

                                                                    Very tasty food, glad we got to try the place. The wait for our entrees was longer than we would have expected as the place did not seem to be very busy.

                                                                  19. M

                                                                    Mats

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    5.0

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    Dined on July 24, 2021

                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                    BYOB and enjoy the excellent food at this little restaurant. Book in advance as they seems to fill up. Tried a few different dishes and the kicker shrimp was my absolute favorite this time.

                                                                  20. J

                                                                    Jenkintown22

                                                                    Philadelphia

                                                                    7 reviews

                                                                    vip
                                                                    5.0

                                                                    7 reviews

                                                                    Dined on July 22, 2021

                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                    Hidden gem! Walk around the corner from Main Street and try one of everything!

                                                                  21. LB

                                                                    LoveBYOs

                                                                    Philadelphia

                                                                    45 reviews

                                                                    vip
                                                                    5.0

                                                                    45 reviews

                                                                    Dined on July 18, 2021

                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                    We just returned from dinner at Mokja and feel compelled to share just how good this place is. We tried and devoured the dumplings, eggplant, Korean fried chicken, brussel sprouts, amazing ramen and bibimbap. We even saved a little room for dessert which I can best describe as a tasty, fresh Korean donut. Every single thing that came out of the Kitchen was absolutely delicious, each dish was better than the next. After dinner, we had a chance to speak with the chef/owner, Dan, who was kind and interesting, a skilled restauranteur who is really easy to root for. We had a fantastic meal and will no doubt be back again and again.

                                                                  22. MR

                                                                    MaryR

                                                                    Philadelphia

                                                                    5 reviews

                                                                    5.0

                                                                    5 reviews

                                                                    Dined on July 17, 2021

                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                    Mokja is a Ambler’s best kept secret. Unbelievable food for very reasonable prices! The chef came to our table multiple times to explain the specials and to check in. Service was top notch! The meal that my husband and I were especially blown away by was a special - octopus with rice cakes & snap peas. The octopus was cooked for 5 hours and was the best I’ve ever tasted. Cannot recommend this restaurant enough!!! I had high hopes and everything about our experience exceeded expectations!

                                                                  23. D

                                                                    Disappointed

                                                                    Philadelphia

                                                                    14 reviews

                                                                    4.0

                                                                    14 reviews

                                                                    Dined on July 17, 2021

                                                                    overall4food5service4ambience4

                                                                    Everything we tried was excellent. Chef Daniel’s octopus special was sensational. Chicken wings were crispy and tasty. Only change we’d make is calling the edamame dish a dumpling. Gentlemen hosting was welcoming and informative. Will be back soon.

                                                                  24. GK

                                                                    GabrielleK

                                                                    Philadelphia

                                                                    38 reviews

                                                                    5.0

                                                                    38 reviews

                                                                    Dined on July 17, 2021

                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                    Mokja was amazing. The chef went out of his way to come speak to our table after hearing we had food allergies. He tailored our meal based on our allergies and everything was phenomenal. The chicken wings were so crispy and amazing, that’s all I’ve thought about for the last 24 hours. Can’t wait to go back!! Highly recommend!

                                                                  25. H

                                                                    Heidi

                                                                    Pittsburgh

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    4.0

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    Dined on July 14, 2021

                                                                    overall4food5service4ambience4

                                                                    Yum yum yummy! Why haven’t I been here before? Definitely coming back soon.

                                                                  26. S

                                                                    Seal

                                                                    Philadelphia

                                                                    6 reviews

                                                                    5.0

                                                                    6 reviews

                                                                    Dined on July 7, 2021

                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                    This place is awesome. The food was delicious, and we’ll definitely be coming back.

                                                                  27. MW

                                                                    MarkW

                                                                    Philadelphia

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    3.0

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    Dined on July 2, 2021

                                                                    overall3food4service3ambience3

                                                                    First time I had Korean food. Very delightful. The special of the evening with a Canadian background was fabulous. French fries with Kim chi and spicy beef a true triumph. Will highly recommend this establishment to everyone.

                                                                  28. EF

                                                                    EnergeticFoodie

                                                                    Philadelphia

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    5.0

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    Dined on June 25, 2021

                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                    Delicious meal and great service. We had the ramen bowl and fried chicken sandwich. Very good. Will be back.

                                                                  29. SE

                                                                    StephenE

                                                                    Philadelphia

                                                                    10 reviews

                                                                    4.0

                                                                    10 reviews

                                                                    Dined on June 23, 2021

                                                                    overall4food4service5ambience3

                                                                    Waiter was very pleasant and helpful with suggestions from the menu. Food was very good especially the appetizers.

                                                                  30. JH

                                                                    JenniferH

                                                                    Philadelphia

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    5.0

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    Dined on June 19, 2021

                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                    Food is always fantastic here! Service was great too!

                                                                  31. TB

                                                                    TracyB

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    4.0

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    Dined on June 18, 2021

                                                                    overall4food4service4ambience3

                                                                    Three female friends and I went to Mokja for the first time. None of us were very familiar with Korean food. We were greeting by our server Jo who was very pleasant and patient with explaining the menu to us. We all really liked our meals and shared most dishes with each other. The food came to our table piecemeal, so we did not actually all eat together. Luckily we had allocated plenty of time to be at the restaurant or this could have been problematic. Jo could have visited our table more frequently to see how we were doing, for example for a refill of drinks and extra napkins while waiting for the food. Overall my company liked Mokja and will return to enjoy Korean food. Last thought, the menu could be improved by having pictures of the dishes on it.

                                                                  32. d

                                                                    dining

                                                                    Philadelphia

                                                                    150 reviews

                                                                    vip
                                                                    4.0

                                                                    150 reviews

                                                                    Dined on June 13, 2021

                                                                    overall4food4service4ambience3

                                                                    Enjoyed our second visit much more than the first. First visit was marked by a lot of fried food recommended by the waitress. Second visit better advice from the service staff and the food was flavorful, well portioned, and diversified. They could create somewhat better tables outside but otherwise a very good choice for ambler dining. We will return

                                                                  33. M

                                                                    Mufasa

                                                                    Washington DC

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    5.0

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    Dined on June 12, 2021

                                                                    overall5food5service4ambience4

                                                                    The food was fantastic. The wings and fries were hot, crispy, and delicious. The ramen was also tasty.

                                                                  34. d

                                                                    diningout

                                                                    Philadelphia

                                                                    5 reviews

                                                                    vip
                                                                    3.0

                                                                    5 reviews

                                                                    Dined on June 5, 2021

                                                                    overall3food4service2ambience3

                                                                    Service was very slow. We were one of two parties in the restaurant. Food was good and portion sizes were generous. Prices are reasonable as well.

                                                                  35. OT

                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                    Philadelphia

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    3.0

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    Dined on June 4, 2021

                                                                    overall3food3service2ambience2

                                                                    Because of a Friday night (combined with additional crowds from Ambler first Friday event) and a very high amount of takeouts our dinner took over 2 hours with very slow service. Restaurant clearly overwhelmed… We will avoid peak times there in future. Food was decent.

                                                                  36. d

                                                                    dopetasticq

                                                                    Philadelphia

                                                                    12 reviews

                                                                    vip
                                                                    5.0

                                                                    12 reviews

                                                                    Dined on May 22, 2021

                                                                    overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                                    Great wings and ramen

                                                                  37. CW

                                                                    CoryW

                                                                    San Francisco

                                                                    3 reviews

                                                                    5.0

                                                                    3 reviews

                                                                    Dined on May 13, 2021

                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                    Mokja was wonderful as always! This was our second time eating at the restaurant and the food and service is always excellent. The owner caters to gluten free allergies and is so kind. Highly recommend! Will be back soon!

                                                                  38. M

                                                                    Mario

                                                                    Philadelphia

                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                    5.0

                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                    Dined on May 9, 2021

                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                    Thank You …………………………………………………………………………………………………….!

                                                                  39. C

                                                                    Corky

                                                                    Philadelphia

                                                                    11 reviews

                                                                    vip
                                                                    5.0

                                                                    11 reviews

                                                                    Dined on May 8, 2021

                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                    Bulgogi could have had more flavor. Meat was good quality. Overall, very good experience. Crispy tofu delicious.

                                                                  40. J

                                                                    Jrose70

                                                                    Philadelphia

                                                                    141 reviews

                                                                    vip
                                                                    3.0

                                                                    141 reviews

                                                                    Dined on May 8, 2021

                                                                    overall3food4service3ambience3

                                                                    Food was the highlight- other areas could be better as far as service and ambiance. Loved the fried tofu, French fries and the wings. Bowls are good too. The brussel sprouts had way too much balsamic. The restaurant is small and busy. They do a huge takeout business and the servers were hustling to serve customers in store, while filling takeout orders too. It took a while to get our order taken, but then the food came quickly once we ordered. One of the cooks had his mask down every time I saw him in the window. Something to note if not vaccinated or Covid conscious.

                                                                  Safety precautions

                                                                  • Cleaning & sanitizing

                                                                    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
                                                                    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
                                                                    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                                                                  • Physical distancing

                                                                    • Limited number of seated diners
                                                                  • Protective equipment

                                                                    • Waitstaff wear masks
                                                                    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
                                                                  • Screening

                                                                    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

                                                                  FAQs

                                                                  You can order delivery directly from Mokja using the Order Online button. Mokja also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (215) 220-4411.

                                                                  Mokja is rated 4.4 stars by 70 OpenTable diners.

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                                                                  Additional information

                                                                  • Neighborhood

                                                                    Ambler

                                                                  • Hours of operation

                                                                    Sat 12:00 pm–9:00 pm

                                                                  • Cuisines

                                                                    Contemporary Korean, Korean, Contemporary American

                                                                  • Dining style

                                                                    Casual Dining

                                                                  • Dress code

                                                                    Casual Dress

                                                                  • Parking details

                                                                    Street Parking

                                                                  • Payment options

                                                                    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                                                  • Executive chef

                                                                    DANIEL AN

                                                                  • Additional

                                                                    BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch

                                                                  • Phone number

                                                                    (215) 220-4411

                                                                  • Catering

                                                                    We would love to cater your next event! Any item from the menu can be customized to fit your event. Mokja can also personally create a one of a kind dish just for you. Give us a call!

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