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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.