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M Kokko

4.6

311 Holland St
Durham, NC 27701
Phone: (919) 908-9332
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Photo of Paul Cray Paul Cray
Dec 29, 2021 4

TL;DR - great food, great staff, a little slow. I've been here a few times now. The first couple times the whole experience has been great. It was a little rough this time around. It took about 40 minutes to get a chicken sandwich after ordering. I don't know where the hiccup was in the service, as this was the first time I've had issues. Regardless, the staff are friendly, the food is fantastic, but the timing could be greatly improved. The chicken sandwich, while not quite Nashville hot, was very flavorful and had an excellent tempura breading. The salad was well balanced. I don't think you can really go wrong here. Currently, they are walk up only, and we didn't have much trouble getting a table.

Photo of Douglas Bodenhamer Douglas Bodenhamer
Oct 7, 2021 4

Pork buns are epic. The Hainan chicken was fun and well paired, but just good. Great lime rosemary smash cocktail. I hear the fried chicken amazing so I’d like to go back. Slow service. Quite casual. Limited menu. Minuscule inside seating area. Neat.

Photo of Megan Shan Megan Shan
Aug 25, 2021 5

One of my favorite places. Everything they serve is delicious so you can’t go wrong but you gotta try some of the super crispy korean fried chicken at the least!

Photo of jesse proctor jesse proctor
Dec 14, 2021 5

If their buttermilk chicken sandwich is representative of what this place can do, M Koko lives up to the hype. Juicy, crispy chicken, sweet pickles and a twist, at a price that makes sense makes this sandwich a home run. A talented kitchen that cares about food and knows what they are doing has me excited to explore their other offerings in the future.

Photo of Eric Fletcher Eric Fletcher
Jan 15, 2021 5

M Kokko did not disappoint. Dining space is a little cozy, but the food more than makes up for that. The pork buns and ramen were absolutely decadent. Their Korean Fried Chicken puts Colonel Sanders to shame. Can't wait to go back!

Photo of Ahmad Ayub Ahmad Ayub
Nov 10, 2020 5

LOVE IT. Got the ramen but switched the meat to chicken. It was absolutely delicious. My girlfriend got the Biang Biang noodles and honestly I maybe should’ve gotten that because the flavors are so comforting. Reminds me of a Chinese place near my college so it was kinda nostalgic.

Photo of Daniel Swagcliffe Daniel Swagcliffe
Oct 6, 2020 5

Let me tell you I have been ALL AROUND DURHAM and Chapel Hill. But NONE have made such an impression. I came with my sister and ordered 3 dishes. The buttermilk chicken sandwich, the lettuce wraps, and the korean fried chicken. At this price point, this is one of THE MOST BANG FOR YOUR BUCK LOCATIONS. Despite quaint, “hole in the wall” perceptions, the kitchen CLEARLY respects the food they provide to a contemplative degree. We waited almost 20 minutes for the sandwich, and this would have been the item to drop this review to a 4 star. But believe me, despite being one of the cheapest items on the menu, the sheer CALIBER of the depth of its flavor between, sweet and savory MORE than made up for the wait. Everything on the menu is between $9-$13. Though there are few options, they have perfected these options to a level MUCH beyond their retail price. Do NOT miss this place on your next after work get-together.

Photo of Julia Münchberg Julia Münchberg
Nov 2, 2020 5

Really taking the pandemic seriously, this place is small but they take your temperature upon entry and have plastic dividers in between tables. So glad I was able to hit this tiny hot spot before leaving the Triangle Park area. Am hoping to relive this ultimate Ramen experience again, sometime after the pandemic. I will be back. This place was super tasty!

Photo of Jenny Kreizman Jenny Kreizman
Oct 27, 2020 5

We’ve ordered takeout from M Kokko several times in the past few months and it’s been great every time! The jjajangmyeon was especially good as were the wings. Pick up has been easy, food was ready on time and still hot when we brought it home. Thank you M team!

Photo of Adam Lacy Adam Lacy
Oct 10, 2020 5

Words can not express how good this ramen is. This is the real deal. This is not fake in anyway. The first bite your mind will be blown by the flavors from a simple bowel of soup. I will say it is probably the best food I have ever eaten. I hope no one reads this.

Photo of Bonnie Batterson Bonnie Batterson
Oct 8, 2020 5

Pork buns were delicious, Ramen was wonderful.. Very clean and fresh, light and tasty! Cool and intimate interior. The ramen was great. It was my first time having ramen and I was not disappointed. I will definitely be back. I wish they took reservations but they dont. I cant wait for this place to grow because its so small.

Photo of Ciro Mcalpine Ciro Mcalpine
Sep 3, 2020 5

This place was soo delicious. Food out of this world. You have to get the kfc wings. They were so crispy and good. My mouth is watering thinking about them. The ramen was great. It was my first time having ramen and I was not disappointed. I will definitely be back.

Photo of Jennifer Massengill Jennifer Massengill
Sep 18, 2020 5

Jjiajang Men - very good not spicy

Photo of David Galindo David Galindo
Sep 6, 2020 5

This is seriously the best ramen I have had outside of Japan. Can’t believe Durham has something like this. What a gem.

Photo of Charles Harris Charles Harris
Aug 29, 2020 5

Was skeptical of take-out ramen, should have had more faith cause it was amazing!

Photo of Cole Cole
Aug 22, 2020 5

Service and food was phenomenal. We really enjoyed our time here!

Photo of Stephanie Miller Stephanie Miller
Mar 3, 2019 5

Well worth the wait. The wings are some of best I have ever had. The staff was helpful and friendly too.

Photo of Billy Greenfield Billy Greenfield
Oct 25, 2018 5

One of the best ramen bowls I've ever had. Fast friendly service and reasonably priced. I'll be back tomorrow to try more. I walked into the sushi bar accidentally when I first arrived. Be aware that they are technically two separated restaurants so mind which door you enter.

Photo of Vi Phung Vi Phung
Apr 22, 2019 5

Tiny restaurant so there is usually a wait. The menu is written on the wall with some fun drawings. The tonkotsu ramen was great! So flavorful and the pork belly was so tender. I'm interested in coming back to try the wings but will probably wait until school's out to avoid to crowd.

Photo of Brian Jordan Brian Jordan
Apr 20, 2019 4

Be prepared to wait, but the food is great. We put our names on the list for a table for two at 7pm and were seated at 8:30pm. John is an exceptionally friendly waiter, and all of our food was excellent.

Photo of DJ Neon DJ Neon
Jan 21, 2020 5

You can read all about how amazing their food is in all the other post but I was particularly impressed by the North Carolina handmade ceramic Pottery plates that our appetizers were given to us on. A lot of restaurants claim that they're about local everything and then have mass-produced and made in Taiwan or China plates and glasses.

Photo of garrett brantley garrett brantley
Jan 27, 2020 5

Love M Kokko! I had the best chicken sandwich of my life at M Kokko! Seriously, the bread was toasted to perfection, the chicken was crispy on the outside and juicy in the middle, and the pickles and mayo were a perfect combo of tangy and sweet. Please do yourself a favor and order this chicken sandwich!!!

Photo of Abishek Vedere Abishek Vedere
Jan 8, 2020 5

Best ramen I had. A little nook with awesome food. Will definitely go back for more

Photo of Corey Maday Corey Maday
Dec 20, 2019 5

last night was the first time we came to that good restaurant. But It is surely not the last. We had a good time with the good service, with the excellent cooking and fine drinks and with the friendly charge. We will surely go back there in a short time.

Photo of Zaiden Michael Zaiden Michael
Dec 19, 2019 5

I had a superb at this restaurant. We loved the fantastic environment and the meals. The staff were very friendly. I am happy we finally decided to visit this spot.

Photo of prachi bansal prachi bansal
Dec 13, 2019 5

This is a hidden gem. The food is just ah-mazing. I love the Korean fried chicken wings and the chicken sandwich (I m just biased to fried everything) but all the other dishes are great too. The wings come with 2 sides -pickled radish and bacon greens, both were relish. They don't take reservations and the waiting time can be long but don't fret, just put your name down and grab a drink at the nearby bars and they will text once your table is ready.

Photo of Lizzie Gerber Lizzie Gerber
Oct 25, 2019 5

Food was amazing. Service was very professional. The only thing was space - it was too small and the capacity just could meet the needs. Lots of people waited outside.

Photo of Marcos Marti Marcos Marti
Nov 7, 2019 5

Food and service was amazing. Very good Asian food. Just very distinct but flavorful menu. Recommend it all but since I like spicy food, I loved the baing baing noodles. 😋

Photo of Reggie Strange Reggie Strange
Sep 21, 2019 5

M Kokko is a small, 24-seat, hole-in-the-wall, blink-and-miss-it kinda place. But pass this place at your own regret! Definitely not suited for larger groups due to their limited capacity, so wait times can be a little longer than usual, but definitely recommended on week days!There are only about 9 items on the menu and 2 of which are vegan,

Photo of Lauren N Lauren N
Sep 10, 2019 4

The chicken sandwich was amazing! The other noodles that we had were pretty good too! The line is always long, but don't let it deter you. It's worth it :)

Photo of Boyce Currance Boyce Currance
Oct 15, 2019 5

This is without a doubt our favorite noodle spot in the whole of NC! Started as an offshoot from M Sushi, this little pop-up spot has more or less become a mainstay in the Durham area and I pray it remains so.M Kokko is a small, 24-seat, hole-in-the-wall, blink-and-miss-it kinda place. But pass this place at your own regret! Definitely not suited for larger groups due to their limited capacity, so wait times can be a little longer than usual, but definitely recommended on week days!

Photo of Grace Lutter Grace Lutter
Sep 12, 2019 5

I went to M Kokko, because I've heard great things about it. I was not disappointed. The food was flavorful, fresh, and delicious. The items were reasonably priced and well portioned. The only downfall is the restaurant itself is very intimate and small, so there can be a bit of a wait. But I will be back to try the rest of the items.

Photo of Patrick Edwards Patrick Edwards
Jul 22, 2019 5

Some of the best ramen around, M Kokko is a small restaurant with big taste. Sometimes you may have to wait, but is always easy to put your name on the list and go grab a quick drink somewhere nearby until they give you a call. Also try out their Korean fried chicken.

Photo of Anthony Rosado Anthony Rosado
Aug 2, 2019 4

Food was fresh and tasty, staff was pleasant and helpful. Menu is written on the wall and service is fast. Small location but comfortable.

Photo of DJ Neon DJ Neon
Aug 21, 2019 5

You can read all about how amazing their food is in all the other post but I was particularly impressed by the North Carolina handmade ceramic Pottery plates that our appetizers were given to us on. A lot of restaurants claim that they're about local everything and then have mass-produced and made in Taiwan or Japan plates and glasses.

Photo of Gwendolyn Reilly Gwendolyn Reilly
Aug 14, 2019 5

If you like ramen you have to try this place. It was great. A bit of a wait but it was Saturday evening and it's a small place. But aren't they always the best? Yes this was worth the wait!!

Photo of Beverly Martyn Beverly Martyn
Jun 29, 2019 3

It was my first time at Mkoko. I knew to be early but alas, I ended up ordering To Go. I ordered the chicken sandwich, and the wings for my friend. When I opened my food a plain chicken sandwich looked back at me. No pickles, no sauce. Just a plain sandwich. I get it, you guys are busy. But dang...I can't get no sauce?? Mind you I ate the sandwich (ya girl was HUNGRY). I was able to spruce it up and enjoy the sandwich though. Next time I'll get there early and dine in.

Photo of Daniel Swagcliffe Daniel Swagcliffe
Jun 20, 2019 5

Let me tell you I have been ALL AROUND DURHAM and Chapel Hill. But NONE have made such an impression. I came with my sister and ordered 3 dishes. The buttermilk sandwich, the lettuce wraps, and the korean fried chicken. At this price point, this is one of THE MOST BANG FOR YOUR BUCK LOCATIONS. Despite quaint, “hole in the wall” perceptions, the kitchen CLEARLY respects the food they provide to a contemplative degree. We waited almost 20 minutes for the sandwich, and this would have been the item to drop this review to a 4 star. But believe me, despite being one of the cheapest items on the menu, the sheer CALIBER of the depth of its flavor between, sweet and savory MORE than made up for the wait. Everything on the menu is between $9-$13. Though there are few options, they have perfected these options to a level MUCH beyond their retail price. Do NOT miss this place on your next after work get-together.

Photo of ethan good ethan good
May 3, 2019 5

This has got to be among the best (and cheapest?) Places to eat in Durham. Entrees range from $9-$13 and you’ll be absolutely full. You will NOT be disappointed!

Photo of Keith MacKay Keith MacKay
Apr 25, 2019 5

Really really good food. If your party is 4 or higher, the wait is going to be worse than is worth it on any night other than Tuesday or Wednesday. Other than that, its a great little hole in the wall next to MSushi with amazing good for a really reasonable price

Photo of Laura Duran Laura Duran
May 24, 2019 5

Sometimes there is wait but it is absolutely worth it. The Raman and Sandwich are super good. I always leave well feed and we’ll attend. It is also a bang for your buck!

Photo of Tim McKeoun Tim McKeoun
May 13, 2019 5

Absolutely amazing food in a little hole in the wall place. The curry udon was phenomenal, and tasted just like Japan. I didn't get the chicken sandwich myself, but I tasted a friend's and it was delicious. Worth the wait, if there is one!

Photo of A A A A
Jun 4, 2019 5

First time at here and I loved the experience. My server, Jon, was very helpful in explaining the items and spice levels from the menu (even though the menu is on the wall) he still took the time to make sure I would be satisfied. The other servers around made sure that if John has to step away that they took extra plates from the table and that my water cup remained full. I couldn’t have asked for better customer service and food! Def will recommend to a friend & def would recommend you sit with Jon!

Photo of John “Grumbles” John “Grumbles”
May 25, 2022 5

The place is small and a little hard to find if you are not familiar with it. It is a fancy hole in the wall. With a casual atmosphere and the staff is friendly and welcoming. They have a limited menu which is on a chalk board wall but the limited menu makes it do they can focus on giving high quality and delicious food.

Photo of Cedar Pettiford Cedar Pettiford
Apr 10, 2022 5

Nice laid-back vibe. Wonderful customer service. I wouldn't recommend for large groups but perfect for date nights

Photo of Sid S Sid S
May 10, 2022 5

Great food and cute spot. I had the curry udon and it was great! PS: It's easy to miss this spot since it's tucked inside; I accidentally went to their other restaurant.

Photo of Joe Haak Joe Haak
Jun 8, 2022 5

Excellent food and great service. No reservations and not many tables, so expect to wait if you are going at a popular time. Well worth the wait, though!

Photo of Nataly Arriaga Nataly Arriaga
Aug 16, 2022 5

This was a great experience. The space is very cozy and makes it so that you feel the intimate atmosphere with friends/family you bring. The food was delicious and the ginger drink was perfect!

Photo of Antony Young Antony Young
May 15, 2022 3

The fried chicken was not marinated enough so it’s very bland inside. The Hainanese chicken tastes good but the portion is too small. The ramen is not good. The broth is bland and not aromatic. The toppings are kinda weird. In general, not great food.

Photo of Amanda Bernal Amanda Bernal
May 30, 2022 5

The ramen is really good, the best we’ve had so far in the few places we’ve tried. I like the concept of having the menu on the board. We went around 4pm so we came before the crowd. Great service. Their yuzu ice cream and coconut sorbet was delicious! The only thing I will say is although their fried chicken is delicious, the size of the wings make the dish overpriced at $18.

Photo of Vplan0019 Vplan0019
Jul 16, 2022 4

This is a small restaurant hidden in the back conor, waiting line built up 30 minutes prior to the open when we arrived on Saturday. We are party of 7 and the biggest party they can arrange is 6 so we split up in 3 and 4. It was filled up immediately after open and another line started right after. The menu is simple and most painted on the wall. (We tried couple of their dishes but not take picture of all). The appetizers We ordered are pork chop bun and chicken wings (spicy). For the pork belly chop bun, you can see it's the thick cut chashu pork (same in ramen) with vegetable and diced pickles, dressed with lemon juice come in two per serve. It melted in mouth with flavor of wood fire and freshness from lemon. Delicious but don't eat too much as it's oilish. And the chicken wings come with 7 pieces crispy dressed chicken wings covered with selected sauce and picked reddish (not much comment on this). For the main dishes, we tried ramen, spicy ramen, buangbiang noodle, and Hinan chicken rice (not in picture again). Ramen served with regular Japanese noodle in rich soup and common sides, the interesting points are: thick cut pork belly as mentioned; deeply fried garlic oil sauce (provide flavor and crispy bites); agaric instead of roasted laver (more nutrition and texture); and heavy cream used in the soup (so, the soup base is rich due to the cream but also become super heavy flavor that drink up all the shop is not a healthy choice). The hainan chicken rice cooked rice with chicken and mushroom soup, nice flavor for the rice, but too much taste of mushroom took away the role of chicken and rice (still, maybe reduce the chicken oil from the soup base before cook the rice might help make it more fresh). And for biangbiang noodle, great knife cut noodle with spicy flavor and fresh vegetables (a interesting thing is their vinegar are light and a little bit fruitish, kind of sweetness compare to regular Chinese dark vinegar). Over all we spent more than an hour there and most time waiting for our dish ( since they only have two server and little kitchen in the back. Actually small party like 2 will have their order come out faster.) Consider of their location, price and food with service, I think this place is pretty good. If you like different new style noodle, this is a place to go.