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“Korean Virgin” 5 of 5 stars
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86 Pine St., Seattle, WA
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Ranked #11 of 3,492 Restaurants in Seattle
Price range: $0 - $14
Cuisines: Korean
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Sewell, New Jersey
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88 reviews 88 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
“Korean Virgin”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2013 via mobile

This was the first time my wife and I tried Korean food. The wings were fabulous. The fried oysters were also great. Very clean looking, good service and entertaining watching the kitchen staff right in front of you.

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Juneau, Alaska
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24 reviews 24 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Very cool Korean fusion in Pike Market”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

cha:n is lots of fun! Tiny, very well designed bar/restaurant in a little closet space under the Inn at the Market. Great modern and traditional takes of Korean classics (Bulgogi sliders, anyone?). For such a small kitchen the menu is ambitious and they pull it off well. Service is very friendly. I don't drink but the liquor and wine selection looked interesting. Big fun to sit at the bar and watch the kitchen staff and barkeep in action.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Augusta, Georgia
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63 reviews 63 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“Get the authentic experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2012

Grab a bottle (or two) of Sojou (spelling) and sit down to enjoy the traditional menu. Reservations are recommended. As a group we had a little bit of everything from the traditional menu and it was the most memorable dinner from our week in Seattle. Wings, spicy soup, braised beef, and the pancakes come to mind though I had many other fantastic dishes.

Service was good not great, not bad enough to bump it down to 4 stars. Very pricey to the point of being overpriced, but like most downtown urban areas there is a large concentration of people with a good bit of money so...supply and demand I suppose.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Seattle, Washington
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7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Loved it!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

I'm still a novice to Korean cuisine, but I really enjoyed the food here. Despite just having had a good review in the Seattle Times, it was overly full. On the same day, we easily made 6:30 reservations online. They sat us 30 minutes early and we cheerfully enjoyed the happy hour pricing until 7 PM on a Saturday night.

They offer traditional and modern (fusion) variants of Korean food. We sampled from each side of the menu, although there is a prix fixe option for either at $30 and $35, respectively, with seven dishes plus dessert. We started with the ahi tuna tartare tossed in a soy ginger dressing, which was served with a bit of daikon radish and chili oil. Each bite was yielding and had a pleasant combination of flavors.

We had the kimchi sampler – cucumbers, daikon radish, and cabbage all fermented in pungent chili, vinegar, and salt. These dishes were simple and well prepared.

Next were the deep fried chicken wings (really drumettes, I think) with a chili caramel glaze and rolled in crushed peanuts and scallions. They were physically hot, fresh from the fryer, and spicy hot in a delightful way that kept you going back for more bites.

We finished with a fusion style bibimbap done in a cast iron skillet with a spicy sauce and the braised short ribs. I wished the bibimbap had twice as much bulgogi.

The ribs were tender and very tasty, and had a slow simmering heat that lingered.

The food was really excellent. The preparations were thoughtful, well executed, and expertly plated. I applaud chef Heong soon Park; he will be a rising star to watch.

The front of the house is run by his wife. She and our server were polite and kind, but seemed to lack the polish of professionals. They were sweet to us, but seemed to miss a few queues. With time, they will be as smooth as the chef.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Ottawa, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Nice small Korean Restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

Great little Korean restaurant that opened about 6 months ago. They do stay open late, but have a happy hour from 5 to 7. The beef dish was exceptional and the tuna was very fresh. Nice & Spicy kimchi too!

Visited November 2012
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