In spite of its name, Cafe Chocolate embraces the spirit of a Korean karaoke bar instead of a French coffee shop . The eatery keeps the nightlife alive until as late as 2 a.m. throughout the week, encouraging patrons to belt out their favorite power ballads while sipping a drink by the bottle, pint, or pitcher . To accompany the spirits and spirited singing, Cafe Chocolate also features a menu of eclectic comfort foods. Dishes such as the kimchi-spiked fried rice and the seafood pancake are unquestionably borrowed from Korean cuisine. However, the chefs also prepare crispy, Japanese–style tonkatsu as well as classic bar foods, including buffalo wings and curly fries.
Korean specialties such as barbecue short ribs, kimchi, and?of course?tofu soup fill the menu at this casual restaurant with outposts in Annandale and Centreville. Among the chefs' crowning offerings are steaming bowls of bi bim bap that cradle bulgogi (Korean-style marinated beef) as well as heaps of bean sprouts, corn, and fried egg. Depending on personal tastes, the spice levels of each dish can be custom calibrated from ultra-mild ?white? to three-alarm ?spicy spicy.? But not all dishes served here come to the table piping hot, including the cool naegn myun soup, a refreshing summer dish loaded with buckwheat noodles, slices of beef, and hints of Noreaster.
The sounds of sputtering grill tops, clattering utensils, and lively conversation fill the dining room at Honey Pig Restaurant, earning it praise from the Washington Post in 2010 as "one of the most entertaining barbecues around." The menu brims with both familiar and adventurous meats, including pork belly, beef ribs, and pork neck. Diners soak in Korean culture via both the food and K-pop, selecting a protein-rich spread and watching as the servers sear their orders on solar-heated tableside grills.
At Suldoga, the chefs create a menu of Korean cuisine, including hot-pot meals such as veggie bibimbap, cold buckwheat-noodle dishes, and casserole-style dishes for two. Both vegan and meatier options are available. Suldoga’s full bar, backlit with magenta and blue lights, washes off spice-covered tongues with cool libations.
There's a reason chicken takes top billing at Chi-Mc Chicken And Beer?it's the eatery's most popular dish. The Korean fried chicken pairs so well with a plate of crisp french fries that diners often conduct small marriage ceremonies before gobbling them up. Of course, the menu features plenty other, more traditional preparations, such as the oft-spicy Ramyeun?a Korean version of ramen?and bulgogi, which marinates beef and veggies in soy sauce before cooking. For the more adventurous tongue, spicy whelk (sea snail) and squid seafood soup add an exotic flair to top off the offerings.
Founded by the owners of Honey Pig Korean BBQ, Honey Pig Izakaya continues the culinary traditions of its sister restaurant with raw, fried, and grilled seafood dishes stuffed into a menu of authentic Japanese and Korean cuisine. Guests can sip sakes and savor Asian tapas, fusion Korean entrees, and sushi rolls at tables, bar tops, or inside one of 13 private karaoke rooms, which can accommodate small parties or large groups of Elvis impersonators.