Soybeans that make the journey to Hosoonyi Korean Restaurant have a tasty future ahead of them. The young beans, once matured and fermented, are infused with hot pepper, pulverized into paste, or strained and aged to make soy sauce. Not many restaurants make their own soy sauces in-house, but Hosoonyi’s team prefers to individually monitor the flavors to ensure that they retain their beneficial nutrients and pair perfectly with the eatery's specialty Korean cuisine. The flames of a Korean-style barbecue fire pork, rib-eye steak, and chicken, and a cushion of steamy rice supports the vegetables, beef, and egg that comprise classic bibimbap. Pancakes veer from their traditional breakfast role by incorporating stalks of green onion, slices of squid, and refusing to get out of bed until lunchtime. The restaurant's authentic selection has caught the eye of media outlets such as Sunset Magazine, the Seattle Times and Seattle Met, which lauded the popular sundubu jjigae—a soft-tofu soup brimming with seafood and kimchi—as "pungent, filling, and satisfying."
Featured in Seattle magazine and The Seattle Times, Kaya Korean Barbecue prides itself on its attentive service, posh presentation, massive portions, and a second-story location safe from dinner-interrupting tiger stampedes. Platoons of food soldiers can arm themselves with massive appetizers such as the marinated raw beef ($15.99) before focusing their attention on the feast as it arrives in steaming hot rock bowls. Choose from a variety of dishes ranging from the Angus marinated short ribs ($27.99) to soft tofu soup ($10.99), or go for an authentic barbecue experience by searing enormous platters of sizzling meats on the minigrill located in the center of your table, with selections such as the Kaya combo for four (Angus rib eye, marinated short ribs, marinated sirloin, beef brisket, beef tongue, bean paste stew, and your choice of beverages) ($96.99). Overhanging vents inhale the mouthwatering barbecue odors that would otherwise cling to clothes for days, ensuring that diners are not tempted to try out new recipes at home such as blouse jerky and deep-fried pants. In addition to grilluminating guests, Kaya pours copious cupfuls of Korean rice wine and beer.
At Blue Mango Bistro, chefs meticulously prepare an elegant spread of seafood dishes, appetizers, and entrees culled from cuisines across Asia, from Korean bibimbap to fried rice and Japanese tempura udon. Guests delight taste buds with flaky fried Pacific cod and chips or crispy chicken katsu, or enjoy a happy-hour feast of wine and sake with noodle stir-frys and spicy tuna rolls. An enclosure of wall-to-wall windows in the dining area surrounds guests with an expansive vista of Possession Sound, garnishing meals with views of passing sailboats and jealous seagulls.
This hole-in-the-wall Korean joint is a favorite among diners for its piping hot bowls of bi bim bap, and for the table-covering assortment of banchan, or little nibbles that accompany meals. The Stranger called the soon doo boo, or soft tofu soup, " bright red, spicy, and delicious." Aside from the soup--which may be ordered mild, medium, spicy, or extra spicy--the article also praised the heavy jade bowls that contain each of the restaurant's hot pots--aptly named since the serving vessels are kept warm all day in the oven.
Diners at Shilla Restaurant have a choice: become the masters of their own culinary fate or let the chefs do all the work. At tables inset with Korean barbecue, they can flip slices of bulgogi beef, calamari, pork belly until they're perfectly seared. At the sushi bar, chefs roll more than 30 varieties of maki, while in the kitchen others are busy turning out an expansive menu of steamy Korean cuisine such as bibimbap.
Guests cook or slurp up kimchi in a sleek, monochromatic dining room. Beneath paper lampshades, they can counteract bites of spicy Korean entrees by drinking sips of sake.
Local eggs sit squarely atop a dish of bibimbap, it's golden yolk begging to be broken onto a pile of rice, locally-raised meats, and farmer's market vegetables. This fusion of local flavors and Korean traditions is just one thing that sets Heong Soon Park’s Chan Seattle apart from other Korean restaurants. The other is the open kitchen, which makes eating in the intimate restaurant feel a lot like sitting in a the home of a friend who calls you "sir". Adding to the homey vibe is the menu, which focuses on shareable portions. That includes everything from the braised short ribs, to the spicy pork sliders, to the jars of house made kimchi, made without the customary fish sauce in order accommodate vegetarians.