It's my favorite topic--Korean restaurants! When I was apartment hunting a few weeks ago, I found a new(?) Korean restaurant that I hadn't tried yet, Hop House Kim-Chi on Parnell Street. Hands down is the best Korean food in Dublin, although I have to say the competition isn't very fierce.
Here's my rundown of the Korean in Dublin that I've tried:
decent BBQ, terrible soups and stews, don't carry Korean beers! Frankly, I'd say that BBQ isn't that hard--so overall I'd give give Hanyang 1.5 stars.
NIce atmosphere, mostly Chinese menu, decent soup. They wouldn't let me order soju--told me I wouldn't be able to handle it! Menu is limited, and food isn't great, but it's okay if you are desperate. 2.5 stars.
Hop House Kim-Chi:
I've only done take-away so far, but definitely the best of the bunch. Perhaps my standards have just dropped since I left the Korean mecca of Oakland, but I thought their soon dobu chi gae was good (although I could do without rock shrimp in anything) and their BBQ was as good as any take-away I've gotten in the Bay Area. They also carry Hite beer.
I've also tried their bibimbap, which was good, but was disappointed at how few veggies were in it. In most places they use veggies as fillers, but I guess in Ireland they are more dear than the meat! Would have been great if there were more greens. They also do sushi, which looked good but I haven't tried it. Also, randomly, they appear to have a reggae night on Saturdays (check their MySpace page.) Overall, for the location, I'd give them a 4. They've gotten good reviews on other sites for both their Korean and Japanese food.
Hong Quing Ting Korean & Chinese Restaurant
I quickly looked at the menu here, and didn't see anything on it that wasn't Chinese. Has anyone tried this place?
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