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Oct 29, 2008 01:03 PM

Arisu - Korean/Japanese Restaurant in G-Town/Glover Park

There's a new restaurant called Arisu on Wisconsin across from the Georgetown Safeway. Has anyone been or have any details about it?

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  1. Just went for the first time. I want to like it and will return. Nice (small, 2nd floor) interior. Friendly staff. Nearly empty at dinnertime. They say they are in "soft opening" still, after some weeks. Some things on the menu are scratched out, not available yet. What is available is mostly some small plates, a reasonable standard sushi menu, some bibimbap varieties, some noodle dishes, and a few other options. The agedashi tofu (if I spelled that first word right) was nice, the sushi perfectly fine, the bibimbap good but not noticeably better than a non-expert could have made after a trip to an appropriate grocery store. As I said at the outset, a good place and one I'll go back to, and will hope for more variety and flair after a few weeks. I think that it will be a place worth going to, and is worth trying now.

    1. So far. They don't offer any Korean classics, which is so disappointing! I just called to order 'take out' and the bibimbap is without egg, they don't offer pachung, sundubu, or kimchi jigae! i gave up after that and just canceled my order. :( i'm so sad!!

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      1. re: spotted

        I'm not too familiar with korean food but I can infer they only have the popular stuff on their menu? Kind of like a thai place that only serves satay and pad thai?

        1. re: spotted

          I've eaten at quite a few Korean places and I do not expect to see soon doo boo or kimchi jigae on the menu. Not that I would be surprised to see them, just I would not automatically expect these dishes. Depends on the place.

          Somebody please correct me if I'm wrong.

          Also, there are many vegetarian versions of bibimbap out there which would avoid eggs. Now, if they offered you a version without rice, that would be very strange.

          Anyway, what did you order? It's unusual to give up on a restaurant before you've even tried the food.

          1. re: spotted

            As a native Korean, lived in Seoul for 15+ years growing up, I can say that it's not unusual to have the bibimbap without an egg. Pachun, sundubu, and kimchi jjigae are all popular dishes, but I agree with Steve above, I don't automatically expect to see them on the menu, because it differs depending on the type of Korean restaurant. As an aside, when I went about two months ago, I recall seeing at least pachun and sundubu on the menu. I guess they read your post? :)

          2. Has anyone been here lately? Tom Seitsema just wrote about it for the First Bite column and said good things. It's so close to my house that I would really love it to be even halfway decent!

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            1. re: caphill2320

              I was there about two months ago. I had their yook-hoe (sp?), the raw meat appetizer which was amazingly fresh and affordable. Their yookgaejang (soup, appetizer portion) was very tasty and it was a huge portion, almost an entree size. I liked their decor, fusion Asian-ish. I wish it were closer to my home or work, I'd go there so much more often. I would def recommend!! [Their food taste is much closer to original Korean food. I prefer it much better than say Mandu]. You don't get as much food variety as Yeehwa, but I think they cater to a different crowd (Arisu being for younger/hipper crowd, couples, whereas Yeehwa is for more businesspeople in suits, large groups, older crowd). Hey so far, those are the only three Korean places in DC, and I'll take whatever I can get.

            2. I had a nice, light lunch at Arisu earlier today. Let me say that I'm a virtual novice when it comes to Korean food although I've had Korean barbecue a number of times. At Arisu. I had Ssam (thin strips of marinated ribeye bee with radishes) as an appetizer and mandu soup-- homemade dumplings with sliced beef and vegetables in a seasoned beef broth.The soup was delicious! And I was really impressed by the flavor of the broth, which was filled with noodles, scallions, and mushrooms. The small soup was quite filling (I don't think I could have made it even halfway through the entree, larger size), and the price was really reasonable ($5.95). Our waitress said it is a healthy soup (like Korean chicken soup) and takes more than 3 hours to make. My friend and I were also thinking of getting a tofu dish, but were unsure of which one to order. Next time I may try the spicy tofu soup. I don't think I'd get the Ssam again..

              Service was very friendly and gracious. The atmosphere is comfortable, and the location is good (right next to Bistrot Lepic). Our waitress told us that they're planning to open a sushi bar downstairs from the main dining room once they finish remodeling.