From Microsoft to Boeing to the University of Washington Medicine, the state of Washington attracts people from all over the world, a concept perhaps best illustrated in Seattle’s variety of authentic, quality ethnic food. For some of the Emerald City’s best offerings in Korean cuisine, check out the list below.
Located in the historic Pike Place Market, Chan is “Seattle’s only Korean Gastropub.” Blending modern, local, and traditional elements, the chef of Chan’s praised Korean dishes, Heong Soon Park, has been awarded for his sustainability practices. Serving soju and shrubs made in-house as well as makgeolli and Korean beers, the restaurant’s craft cocktails have been designed to complement the food.
The upscale Korean restaurant of Girin respects the legacy of Korean recipes as well as the local region of the Pacific Northwest. Adding a modern twist to traditional cuisine, Girin’s side dishes, kimchi, noodles, and dumplings are all made from scratch in-house. In addition, the bar offers two types of home-brewed makgeolli, an old Korean liquor experiencing its own renaissance in Korea and beyond.
Almost 15 years old, Kimchi Bistro was one of the first Korean restaurants in the downtown Seattle area. As a no-frills venue with no website or social media presence, the restaurant lets the food do all the talking. The spicy dishes will capture the hearts of visitors, including those expecting authentic Korean cuisine.
Located in Ballard, the Kimchi House is a cheap, cash-only stop for a menu of no more than 20 authentic, Korean dishes—both traditional and fusion. Offered dishes include kimchi soondubu soup, bibimbap (cool or hot), kimchi pork pancake, and the kimchi house sandwich.
Another restaurant in the Relay Restaurant Group, Revel came about in 2010, and it offers a bit more of an artsy vibe, with music, art, and an outdoor fire pit. Revel’s menu is made up of Korean street food. The restaurant has a neighboring cocktail bar, Quoin, and Grill Shack during the summer, which serves in-house-butchered cuts of meat.
Opened in 2014, the third Relay Restaurant Group venue in Seattle focuses on Korean barbecue, featuring tabletop grills on which patrons can cook their meat. The other areas of the restaurant include Trove Bar, which highlights beer; Trove Parfait, providing parfaits with a Korean twist; and Trove Noodle, offering made-to-order, fresh noodle dishes.