Miso Sligo

Calry Court Stephen’s St, Sligo face­book.com/mis­osligo ¤¤

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - SEVEN DAYS | EATING OUT -

Head Chef and owner Nae Young Jung brings out our Kim­chi Jeon ( ¤7.50), a large savoury pan­cake, pan-fried and draw­ing on the flavours of kim­chi, the spicy fer­mented cab­bage that ac­com­pa­nies most Korean meals. It’s sticky and spicy in all the right spots. I’m be­yond pleased when my Bibim­bap (¤13.50 with an egg) ar­rives with my very own squeezy bot­tle of spicy sauce, laced with gochu­jang. The suc­cess of a bibam­bap – a bowl of rice and freshly shred­ded veg­eta­bles that can come with beef or tofu – re­lies on a large dose of the spicy sauce so be gen­er­ous. The op­tional egg on top ar­rives cooked with a soft yolk, in­stead of a raw egg that gets cooked by the siz­zling hot stone bowl in my favoured in­car­na­tion of this dish. I miss the sticky crispi­ness that this serv­ing tech­nique brings to a bibam­bap, but it’s a grat­i­fy­ing dinner nonethe­less.

The Ja­panese in­flu­ence on the menu is largely des­ig­nated to the sushi sec­tion, while the larger meals in­clude Korean favourites such as beef bul­gogi (¤17.50) galbi jeongsik (¤19.50), and my afore­men­tioned bibam­bap. The menu seems pretty set but they keep things in­ter­est­ing by chang­ing their roll of the day ev­ery day. In April, that meant an im­pres­sive dis­play of lob­ster sushi roll served in a lob­ster shell.

They source their fish lo­cally from Killy­begs and the silky fish in the Tuna Roll (¤10.50) is a tes­ta­ment to fresh­ness.

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