Jin’s owner Hong Jung works alongside his mother, Chan Jung, who draws on experience accrued at her own restaurant in Korea. The two slow-roast pork for six hours before arranging it alongside pickled vegetables, cabbage, rice, and sauces. Chan crafts the restaurant’s kimchi—a spicy, fragrant condiment of fermented cabbage and vegetables traditional in Korea—from scratch. Hong sears small batches of beef bulgogi before heaping it into bowls of bibimbap, which display a fried egg on top like the crests of the weirdest families.
Chef John Lee lords over a traditional barbecue grill at KUI Korean BBQ, his face illuminated by flames rising up from the oak-wood charcoal. Gingerly, he sizzles thin slices of tender bulgogi beef, plump galbi short ribs, and strips of spicy chicken. He then assembles the smoky meats on beds of rice alongside nests of carrots, tufts of bean sprouts, and a bright-yellow fried egg. To craft authentic Korean gimbap, he folds rice, egg, pickled radish, and fish cake into a seaweed roll. As John labors in the kitchen, his wife bustles about the casual dining room, greeting customers, handing out glasses of fruity soju cocktails, and refereeing sporadic games of musical chairs.
Rice & Roll serves traditional Japanese sushi rolls, teriyaki dishes, and fried-rice entrees. Diners looking for a traditional experience can pair a lobster roll with a dragon roll, cutting the spicy tuna and eel with the more subtle flavors of lobster and crab. Those looking for something a little different may opt for specialty rolls like the King of the Castle with shrimp tempura, cream cheese, and spicy crab, or the Spicy Yum Yum with deep-fried shredded crab and chili sauce. Chicken, shrimp, beef, and salmon bento boxes offer miniature meals, complete with teriyaki meats, shrimp and vegetable tempura, california rolls, and spring rolls.