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Joule | Korean Fusion Food in Seattle

Wondering where to eat dinner in Seattle? Look no further than Joule in Fremont.

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.)

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

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 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 food 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 Noodles

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
Dinner at Joule in Seattle - Great Food, Great Conversations
Dinner at Joule in Seattle – Great Food, Great Conversations

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

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

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Daryl & Mindi Hirsch

Saveur Magazine’s BEST TRAVEL BLOG award winners Daryl and Mindi Hirsch share their culinary travel experiences and recipes on the 2foodtrippers website and YouTube. The married Food and Travel content creators live in Lisbon, Portugal.

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Lexi

Saturday 28th of May 2016

This looks delicious - all of it!

Elena

Friday 28th of November 2014

I love the starter! Looks so stylish and I'm sure it is really delicious!

Anne Klien ( Meaanne)

Monday 24th of November 2014

That place sounds great and those photos makes me hungry scrolling down . :)

Susan

Monday 17th of November 2014

My mouth is watering. The octopus looks so good and I love spicy so food and that spicy rice cake looks really enticing. mmm, yum!!

Jessica

Wednesday 5th of November 2014

Yum! That Octopus looks delicious! Looks like a great spot to eat!