Joule Other than Steak - Octopus, Bok Choy and Hot Bacon Vinaigrette

Joule – Dinner in Seattle

In Northwest, Restaurants by Daryl & Mindi Hirsch13 Comments

Joule, a Modern Korean Restaurant in Seattle (Note, local hipster not added for affect.)

Joule, a Modern Korean Restaurant in Seattle (Note, local hipster not added for effect.)

We had some trepidations when we changed our dinner plans at Joule from two people to four people and then to five people.

Usually, our favorite meals are enjoyed by just the two of us, hence the name 2foodtrippers. We can order what we want. We can share our plates or not share our plates. We can order a lot or a little. We can take photos of the food or not.

Were we making a mistake to spend one of our few meals in Seattle with Daryl’s childhood friend Adam who now lives in Seattle plus his wife and his teenage son? Was this a recipe for disappointment or even disaster???

Since we know that you’re dying of suspense, we’ll put you out of your misery sooner than later. On second thought, first we’ll share our favorite photos of the exciting, modern Korean plates served up at the Fremont restaurant owned by Rachel Yang and Seif Chirchi.

 Starter

Joule Starter - Cold Smoked Escolar with Pine Nuts and Spicy Cod Roe Aioli

Cold Smoked Escolar with Pine Nuts and Spicy Cod Roe Aioli – The Briny ocean inflected flavors of the cod roe sauce beautifully intertwined with the buttery escolar. We’ve heard that escolar can be poisonous, but we walked away from this tasty seafood dish with no side effects.

Salad

Joule Salad - Smoked Tofu, Honshimeji Confit and Soy Truffle Vinaigrette

Smoked Tofu, Honshimeji Confit and Soy Truffle Vinaigrette – Tofu and vegetable based dishes are becoming more popular in the 2foodtrippers pantheon lately. It’s no sacrifice when we eat dishes like this Korean inspired marriage of earthy mushrooms and meaty, smokey tofu.

Rice and Noodle

Joule Noodle Dish - Spicy Rice Cakes, Chorizo and Pickled Mustard Greens

Spicy Rice Cakes, Chorizo and Pickled Mustard Greens – We loved the soft, chewiness of the al dente rice cakes, not to mention the salty, savoriness of the chorizo. Yep, we could eat this dish every night and be happy.

 Vegetable

Joule Vegetable Course - Summer Corn, Lardo and XO Sauce

Summer Corn, Lardo and XO Sauce – Italy meets Asia in this mashup (dare we say fusion?) of sweet corn, decadent pig fat and XO sauce.

Steak

Joule Steak - Flat Iron with Long Pepper Crust, Salsa Verde and New Potato

Flat Iron with Long Pepper Crust, Salsa Verde and New Potato – We enjoyed all three steak dishes shared by the table, but this one stood out for its strong charred yet juicy flavors. Flavorful yet sinewy cuts like flat iron steak can be a challenge, but this precisely grilled (no sous vide method was used) steak was perfectly tender.

Other than Steak

Joule Other than Steak - Octopus, Bok Choy and Hot Bacon Vinaigrette

Octopus, Bok Choy and Hot Bacon Vinaigrette – We’re seeing the tentacled cephalopod on an increasing number of menus lately, and it’s a pleasure to see an increasing number of chefs, like the ones at Joule, execute it with mastery. There’s no need for octopus to be rubbery. Plus, it’s true that everything tastes better with bacon.

Dessert

Joule Dessert - Joule Box with Pearl Tapioca, Ruby Grapefruit Brulee and Coconut

Joule Box with Pearl Tapioca, Ruby Grapefruit Brulee and Coconut – We’re not coconut lovers, but it’s hard to not like a dessert as pretty as this one.

Joule Bonus Dessert - Blackberry Yuzu Curd, Pistachio Macaroon and Blackberry Compote

Blackberry Yuzu Curd, Pistachio Macaroon and Blackberry Compote – Disclosure: the server brought us this crunchy, fruity dessert as a bonus since it’s his favorite.

Despite our initial trepidations, our meal at Joule was great. By sharing our meal with three adventurous diners, we were able to taste more dishes than we would have without the company. As a bonus, the conversation flowed throughout the night and will hopefully be continued in Philadelphia or Seattle.

Two Generations of Happy Diners at our Joule Dinner in Seattle

Two Generations of Happy Diners at our Joule Dinner in Seattle

Great food. Great conversation. Dinner at Joule in Seattle was a resounding success.

Dinner at Joule in Seattle - Great Food, Great Conversations

Dinner at Joule in Seattle – Great Food, Great Conversations

Joule is located at 3506 Stone Way N, Seattle, WA 98103, United States.


Comments

  1. As a mostly-vegetarian reader, it was nice to see your review and gorgeous picture of the tofu salad and to hear that you’re eating more tofu/vegetable based dishes. Looking forward to your reviews of meatless dishes in the future!
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      Thanks for the feedback. We’ll be sure to write more about meatless dishes in the future.

  2. LOVE Seattle; love the sound of this restaurant. I must say I feel your hesitation at sharing a meal – it is fantastic when The Husband and I get the opportunity to enjoy dinner on our own. As you say you can choose what you like; eat as much (or little) as you like. However some experiences beg to be shared and this looks like one of them. You get more of the flavour of the place the more dishes are ordered – what you had looks divine. Now I just need to book a trip back to Seattle. Cheers

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      We hope you get back to Seattle soon! Until then, enjoy your meals, especially those with your husband.

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