Seattle has a fantastic array of Korean fusion and traditional Korean restaurants. Whether you want an inexpensive lunch, a great happy hour, or a luxurious dinner, here are some of our favorites.
403 North 36th Street
Seattle, WA 98103
Featured on Cooking Channel, and named as one of the top 10 Best New Asian restaurants by Details magazine, this restaurant is one up and coming place. Open less than two years, husband and wife chefs and owners Rachel Yang and Seif Chirchi have blended their cultures and styles to make a unique and tantalizing menu that is sure to please. Their dumplings, noodle dishes, and succulent meats like lamb, duck and grain-fed beef, Korean American fusion perfection. Their barbecued pork also deserves attention. And not only do the chefs enjoy creating delicious food, they also love teaching and sharing. Check online for their cooking classes! And if you happen to drop by during a sunny Seattle day, hang out on the deck and have some small bites or a lovely mixed drink at Quoin, Revel’s outdoor casual dining spot. And look for Rachel and Seif’s re-opening of their other Asian/European styled restaurant, Joule, later in 2012.
Marination Station & Mobile Food Truck
1412 Harvard Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
A Korean Hawaiian menu that rocks the food truck world. In fact, it got major kudos from Good Morning America. Owners Roz and Kamala have now opened a brick and morter building (Marination Station) on Capitol Hill. It has the same menu as the mobile food version, but also has beer on the menu, and outdoor patio seating. Try the mouthwatering Kimchi, or tacos that take you from Asian to Hawaiian bliss. Each taco is made with two warm 4″ corn tortillas, stuffed with your choice of sweet and savory kalbi, luscious pork, miso ginger chicken, or tofu and topped with Marinations Nunya Sauce and a tangy, crunchy signature slaw.
520 South Jackson Street
Seattle, WA 98104
Red Lantern is a new family-owned restaurant in the heart of International District, specializing in contemporary Northern Chinese-Korean cooking. Recognized by Seattle Met magazine as one of the Best Asian Restaurants in 2011. The menu includes Korean style favorites, and the chefs produce fresh, seasonal, and carefully executed dishes. Try the Mongolian Beef, a lunch time favorite, with just the right amount of peppers, onions and spice. There are succulent duck and chicken dishes, as well as a large variety of vegetarian options.
Old Village Korean Restaurant
15200 Aurora Ave North
Shoreline, WA 98133
For something fun and different, try Old Village Korean Restaurant in Shoreline. Old Village is the only Korean restaurant in Washington that has charcoal BBQ burners built into the tables! Cook your own barbequed pork, and try authentic, traditional Korean style food. A traditional Korean meal consists of a bowl of rice, a bowl of soup or stew and variety side dishes. Try lettuce wraps, kimchi and other traditional foods. Plus, you must do a little Korean barbecue. The charcoal barbecue is loved for its unique, richly infused smoky flavor, and the meats stay moist and tender after grilling.