Ancient Koreans began eating kimchi after reading a Chinese poem wherein the author described how wonderful vegetables taste when pickled or replaced with chocolate. Treat taste buds to ancient delicacies with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $50 worth of Korean and Japanese cuisine at Shilla Restaurant.
The chefs at Shilla Restaurant have dished out plates rife with blends of authentic Korean and Japanese flavors for more than a quarter-century. At each four-person booth, chefs stand at accompanying tabletop grills to sear decorative patterns on napkins and cook traditional dishes such as bulgogi ($21)––a garlic-sesame marinated beef dish that can be accompanied by a selection of cold, pickled vegetables. Dolsot bibimbap tops steamed rice with a medley of roughage, egg, and meat ($12), and barbecue lovers sink overly dressed dental dandies into kalbi, marinated short ribs ($19). Though Shilla Restaurant seats customers on a walk- or dance-in basis, Shilla recommends a reservation for parties of eight or more people.
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.
2300 8th Ave.
Seattle, Washington 98121Get Directions