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May 22, 2012 09:32 AM

Best Korean or authentic Chinese (any region) in Shoreline? Dinner out tonight!

My sister is here briefly on a business trip, and we fit dinner tonight into her schedule. She is coming from Edmonds, and I from West Seattle.

Both are adventurous eaters; she has lived in Bejing and Shanhai and speaks Cantonese.

Would like to eat either Korean or really good Chinese dinner tonight somewhere in the Shoreline area as a reasonable meeting point. She is too busy to come all the way DT in rush hour so settled on that area as closer for her and I hear there are lot's of places on 99 for instance that might fit the bill.

In my search last night tho, couldn't seem to find good rec's here and mixed reviews elswhere online.


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  1. I had black goat stew at Haenam Galbi a few months ago that blew my mind. It was my first visit, but a good one.

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    1. re: babette feasts

      Thanks Babette,

      I read a few good things about this spot, and it so far is #1 on my list. Love the idea of Black goat stew. Was that a special, or on the regular menu?

      1. re: gingershelley

        Regular menu. When I go out for Korean food I always end up getting soft tofu kimchi stew and I wanted to try something different. It was different, and delicious.

    2. Lately we've been going to Sura in Lynnwood, 19226 Hwy 99. It's not exceptional. But the food is quite good in a traditional way, and the service is friendly. I always like my meal there.

      Haven't been to Haeman Galbi for several months. My last few meals were lackluster and the place is really shabby. (I don't mind shabby if the food is really good.) Perhaps it has improved.

      Kaya has changed ownership. It has a new name. We tried it a few weeks ago and didn't like it enough to go back.

      If you want REALLY good food, meet at Revel in Fremont. they do Korean flavors. It's not traditional, it's fusion. They use really good ingredients. Also you will get a much nicer atmosphere for your meeting, and can stroll around Fremont after dinner.

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      1. re: val ann c

        Thanks Val ann;

        Yikes, that doesn't sound so good about Haeman...

        We really want to meet somewhere further north, as her schedule is so busy with just a couple days in town filled with business meetings in Edmonds. Didn't want to make her drive all the way to SEA in rush hour, so no Revel. I love it there.

        Perhaps we are going to have to eat something else tonight than Korean. Thanks for the heads up.

        1. re: val ann c

          I used to go to Kaya. The new place isn't as good?

          1. re: fuzzyboy

            About six weeks ago, we had lunch at the new place that replaced Kaya. I don't remember exactly what I had... something usual like bibimbap or tofu stew. That day I thought the food was mediocre.
            However it was only one visit, and all restaurants have off days. I'd like to hear opinions from other diners.

        2. Korean - there's Ka Won and Sorabol. Heard very good things about Haenam but never been.

          Chinese - there's really only Szechwan 99 that's good up that way - one of the standout Szechwan places in the Seattle area. Stick with the somewhat limited set of authentic dishes and you'll do very well (tofu dishes are especially a standout).

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          1. re: HungWeiLo

            I thought the Sorabol up there had closed? I could be wrong. But Ka Won is a great place, lovely ambiance, good food.

            1. re: dagoose

              Yeah, I wouldn't be surprised if they were closed. They looked like they were about to be the last time I was there (and I don't remember when that was).

            2. re: HungWeiLo

              Sorabol is closed. It is now Arirang. I have heard it is so-so from true Korean foodies.

              1. re: HungWeiLo

                at szechuan 99, i am addicted to their spicy fish stew.

              2. We ended up meeting and eating at Old Korean Village; Very nice room, and at a booth with the grill in the middle, the fan was not so loud that it messed with conversation. Unfortunately, since we were only two, doing table cooking was off the menu. Must order more than 2 orders to do that, so will return with a 4-top in the future to try this, as walked by a couple other tables having the full-n BBQ experience, and the kalbi, bulgogi, and pork belly I spied looked like great quality meats.

                Ban chan were excellent; especially a cuke slaw with sesame oil, a very spicy cabbage kimchi, and cukes that were marinated and then, I think, bathed in gochujang.

                We got the house sizzling rice bowl, which looked excellent, and was sizzling as promised, but was very bland. Chopped bulgogi meat was not well-flavored and mushy, but most of the rest of condiments were fresh and well sliced/arranged. Primarily various veggies. We wished we had a bi bim bap instead, as we missed the egg topping.

                The hit tho, was the Yook Gae Jang spicy soup we ordered. Brisket, green onion, 'bracken leaf', egg and sprouts in a nice spicy broth (I think lots of gochujang). Plenty large serving for us each to have 2 bowls.

                We are both pretty light eaters, or I would have ordered the egg, seafood, green onion pancake; saw it on the next table over and it looked very good, not greasy, but plump and fresh.

                I will go back.

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                1. re: gingershelley

                  For lunch, they let groups of two use the grills. (Or at least they did as of a few months ago)

                  1. re: gingershelley

                    Huh, we were a table of two there just a few weeks ago and they let us do the table grill. Weird.

                    1. re: gingershelley

                      I thought the usual rule for most Korean places for grill use was at least 2 meat dishes, right? It's "more than" 2 now?

                      1. re: HungWeiLo

                        Well, the menu says 'MORE than two"... perhaps if they aren't busy, they don't enforce that - or - it's bad translation, and they mean 'two or more'.

                        We didn't end up asking, as my sister thought it would be too much food. I will go back with someone with a better appetite, and report!