What You'll Get
Introduce your palate to Asian food that isn’t Chinese or Thai with today’s deal: $15 for $30 worth of Korean food and drinks at Mandu in Dupont Circle, one of the few authentic Korean restaurants in the DC area.
Trade your cashew chicken and beef and broccoli for authentic Korean fare such as bibim bap ($10) and bulgoki (grilled strip loin with rice and veggies, $18). Bibim bap is a rice bowl with assorted vegetables; a fried egg; your choice of beef, chicken, pork, or tofu; and a spicy paste on the side. Another popular offering is traditional jun: mini-pancakes stuffed with peppers, beef, fish and shrimp ($22 for a full order of 16, $12 for a half). Please don't confuse Korean pancake-wrapped dishes like jun with their American counterparts. Mandu's full menu also features a smattering of other entrees, soups, and salads.
Your Groupon is also good for drinks and cocktails (excluding happy hour specials) and toward Mandu’s brunch special ($11). The bar menu includes the game-changing sojultinis ($8)—martini-like drinks made from Soju, the Korean equivalent of vodka—as well as flavorful specialty cocktails such as pear cosmopolitans ($10) and rum mangotini ($10). It also offers a selection of wines ($7–$10 by the glass) and Asian beers ($6).
Brunch is served on Saturdays and Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and features gimbap (Korean rice & seaweed rolls), Korean omelettes, chive pancakes, Korean-style hash browns, and a choice of marinated beef, chicken, pork or vegetables and tofu. Four out of five Koreans prefer these brunch dishes to steak and eggs, and you will too.
- I have eaten at Mandu twice and have enjoyed it twice. The waitstaff was extremely pleasant both times. The food was excellent. The menu is short, but everything that I have tried has been very good. – Food Lover, Washington City Paper
- The Aloe martini is deilightful [sic]. The kalbi looked so good that I actually had to partake in eating the tender and favorful shortribs. I haven't eaten red meat in two decades until today. The portions are more than adequate and you can definitely share. – Judith Sunshine, Urbanspoon
Don’t Think. Eat.
When you bite into a squishy steamed or crispy pan-fried dumpling from Mandu, do yourself a favor and try not to think about how cute they are. It may detract from the dining experience if you consider how small, delicate, and Smurf-like Mandu’s dumplings are. Focus not on their inescapable miniatureness, but on their delicious, steamy insides. Did you see that recent animated film Ponyo? Especially don’t think of the delicious dumplings as little pan-fried Ponyos, or squishy little caterpillars of adorableness who’s metamorphoses were cut short by your mindless all-consuming hunger.
Besides, they’re only cute because they taste so good.
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The Fine Print
Promotional value expires May 19, 2010. Amount paid never expires. Limit 2 per person, 1 per table. Not valid with other offers or happy hour. Tax & gratuity not included. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.