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Jan 15, 2010 09:48 PM

What to eat at Joule?

My wife and I have reservations at Joule tomorrow night to celebrate my birthday. We have seen it consistently mentioned as one of the best restaurants in Seattle, yet looking at the menu nothing is jumping off the page as sounding amazing.

Any recommendations for what not to miss?

We appreciate any suggestions!

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  1. You're not going to go wrong with anything on their menu. Even the sourdough bread is fantastic. The spicy beef soup will be fantastic, as will the agnolotti. But I would sample a variety of dishes. Ask your server and tell them the types of food you usually like.

    I've always been the most impressed by the dishes that I wouldn't usually order. The oxtail is rich and nicely spiced. Be at least a little adventurous in at least one dish. You won't regret it.

    The zucchini basil pancake is the one item on the menu I most want to try because I don't like zucchini and the the last time I had zucchini at Joule it was amazing.

    Basically, I don't think you'll go wrong with anything.

    3 Replies
    1. re: patriciajane

      Totally agree. The beauty of Joule is in the simplicity. Nothing is over-done. For a special occasion try to sample as many dishes as possible (which is how meals are served in Korea). My two favorite Joule experiences: 1) Took a group of 8 guests. Any time there's a group, some dishes will be a hit and others fall flat. Joule was one of the very few times every dish was raved about. 2) Took a couple hipsters out for dinner. The kind that like to complain about every little thing. Typical Seattle haters. They now brag about how they 'found' this gem. Clowns!
      Be a mensch. Try the kimchi. Try a few. Try things you normally wouldn't order. It's YOUR birthday after all isn't it!?

      1. re: YoungHova

        Thanks for your suggestions Patricia and Hova... We went last night and it was awesome. Definitely had alot of things I had not ever had before and we were very pleased with just about everything.

        Think I'm going to write a big review on here, we were so impressed.

      2. re: patriciajane

        I agree 100% with patriciajane and YoungHova. My wife and I ate dinner there last night. Every single thing we ordered was a winner, including the octopus with Chinese sausage, pork shoulder in a sweet chili sauce, sunchokes, rice-cakes and oxtail, and tongue. Everything was carefully prepared, with very balanced and restrained flavors. This is both great food -- imaginatively conceived and beautifully executed -- and a great value for the quality.

      3. I'm planning on taking my Korean parents to Joule next week. I'm looking at the menu, and I'm not exactly sure how to order? Do we need to each order a starter, side and main? Do they all come out at the same time, or are they served in courses?

        Please help. I know they're going to love it no matter what we order, but I just don't want to end up with too much or too little.

        4 Replies
        1. re: soypower

          As is the case at most restaurants, you can dictate the order and pacing of the various dishes you select. Some dishes, especially the pickles and kimchi, are small tastes – like the traditional Korean banchan. I’m especially fond of the pickled beef tongue. The sides are also small plates, so you can choose a variety of them. It’s hard to single out just one or two, but the Korean mochi and mustard spatzle are two of my favorites. The sherry drunken chicken and spicy beef soup are also fabulous. The main courses are quite generously proportioned. Often, after a number of small plates, my wife and I will split one of the entrees, such as the whole mackerel. If you are nervous about over-ordering, start modestly and, if some in your group are still hungry, order more.

          1. re: Tom Armitage

            So can you order these dishes to eat family style? This would be the method my parents would prefer. Obviously, the soup would be a one-person affair, but what of the rice and entrees?

            1. re: soypower

              My wife and I always share dishes, at Joule as well as many other restaurants. We just inform the server that we are going to be sharing the dishes, and they usually bring individual plates to facilitate this. For example, the whole makerel at Joule is served on a single platter. You can then serve portions of the fish from the serving platter to those in your party on their individual plates. It's a little easier to do this at Joule than at restaurants where the food is presented on a single individual serving plate (e.g. a composed arrangement of the fish or meat, starch, and vegetable). In that case, my wife and I just swap plates. It's a little more difficult to pass plates around as the number of people at the table increases. But it never really deters us from doing so. The more tastes, the better.

              1. re: Tom Armitage

                Thanks so much for your insights. The menu on the website is rather confusing, so this helps very much.

        2. Anyone been to the urban bbq this year? I loved Joule's bbq last year--the Thai one was one of the most delicious meals I had last year--but the one I've been to this year (also Thai) was awful. It might have been more about my likes/dislikes than their execution--I hated the papaya salad that was SO heavy on the dried fish, I hated the salted lemonade, and I think salmon wing is a terrible thing to put on your menu--so little meat and just unwieldy to eat. I haven't had that negative reaction to a meal in ages, and I wonder if now that Revel is open, maybe the owners' attention is elsewhere and someone else is making menu decisions.