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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
Great food. Great conversation. Dinner at Joule in Seattle was a resounding success.
Dinner at Joule in Seattle – Great Food, Great Conversations
Joule is located at 3506 Stone Way N, Seattle, WA 98103, United States.