International cuisine gives diners a chance to discover the taste of another country without the hassle of airports or uncomfortable visa stamps on their tongues. Enhance palate passports with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of food and drink at Little Korea in La Jolla.
The dedicated staff at Little Korea remedies peckish guests with a menu filled with fiery spices and bold flavors in a sleek, modern environment. Bibimbob, a signature Korean dish, combines sautéed seasonal vegetables and fried egg over a bed of white steamed rice ($9.20), with options to have it served in a stone pot ($1.84 extra), add beef ($3.68 extra), add chicken ($2.76 extra), or serenade couples with an acoustic version of "Hungry Heart." Reignite internal combustion engines with dak galbi, a spicy grilled chicken, pan-fried with spicy gochujang sauce ($13.79), or kimchi and seafood ramen, a warm mix of seasoned vegetables, noodles, calamari, and shrimp served in a soybean broth ($11.96). Diners looking to eat light meals hone in on appetizers such as the calamari- and shrimp-stuffed seafood pancake ($8.28) or the den jang chi gae, a thick vegetarian stew made with tofu, vegetables, and optional clams known to inspire slow claps from opposable taste buds ($9.66).
Polished black tables fill a contemporary dining room decorated with stark white walls and minimalist table settings. Miniature spotlights and boxy light fixtures illuminate the space at night, while wide windows afford views of downtown La Jolla and its life-size statue of professional wrestler "Hacksaw" Jim Duggins.