Once mastered, chopsticks are the most manageable eating utensils, unlike forks, which get mangled in the dishwasher, or fingers, which get lost in the mouths of teething sock puppets. Eat easily with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Korean and Japanese fare at New Seoul Garden in Southfield.
New Seoul Garden’s hefty menu unites traditional Korean entrees and barbecue dishes with Japanese fare and sushi. Patrons sizzle barbecue specialties such as bulgogi, or marinated sliced beef ($15.95), on a tabletop grill, and dunk sashimi assortments ($24.95+) and deep-fried vegetable tempura ($14.95) in savory traditional sauce. Like jacuzzi denizens who just signed a no-splash treaty, pairs or groups of diners can opt to share steaming hot pots, which simmer with medleys of meat such as beef intestine and tripe ($17.95) or pork neck bone ($16.95). The drink menu complements feasts with domestic and imported beers ($3+), plum wine ($5), and hot or cold sake ($4+).
New Seoul Garden Restaurant
New Seoul Garden’s chefs conduct culinary tours of East Asia without setting foot on the continent. Instead, they bring the food stateside through a hefty menu of Korean and Japanese specialties, including barbecue and sushi. Like shark-themed mylar balloons, most of their entrees celebrate seafood such as sushi with squid and salmon, though many plates star beef or chicken. Hot-pot dishes actually simmer at the table; rolls of soft-shell crab or sweet shrimp come into being at the sushi bar. The restaurant's interior itself bespeaks Asian roots; spindly tree branches open toward a skylight and several low tables are ringed with mats or seats for sitting on the floor. East Asian fans and artwork cover the walls, culminating in a rooftop tier that evokes a pagoda.