On multiple occasions, Riverside Korean Restaurant has appeared on Cincinnati Magazine?s My 10 Picks feature, a list of recommended restaurants selected by guest writers. The writers often recommend the eatery?s time-tested Korean dishes, which include bibimbap and pan-fried dumplings, but the kitchen also fills with aromas that hint at more adventurous fare. Pork belly steams, remaining tender beneath a layer of kimchi and shrimp sauce.
Most dinners come with one side dish. At The Korea House, however, each dinner comes with many. The sides boast a variety of fresh veggies, including the fermented cabbage that makes up the classic kimchi. The dishes also complement entrees including marinated beef short ribs, grilled chicken breast, and sauteed fresh mackerel; all sauces are homemade. But Korean delicacies aren't the only specialties at The Korea House, which has been in business for nine years. The eatery also whips up sushi rolls in the form of a dragon roll filled with freshwater eel or an alaskan roll starring salmon and crab.
When he made the trek from his native Korea in 1999, sushi chef Charlie Choi brought with him an energetic demeanor and culinary inventiveness. He relies on more than 20 years of sushi-making experience to craft traditional and modern Asian comestibles for his loyal clientele. Meals top bamboo serving trays inside vibrantly colored, themed rooms: natural light spills in through the skylights of a sunroom capped in overhanging tapestries, and a traditional dining room sports glass mosaics and swirling wood-grain chairs. In the warmer months, diners chill out with scoops of mochi ice cream as winds whispering faint chopstick tutorials flit through the cool, cobalt-blue décor of the patio.