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Hae-Nam Kalbi & Calamari (SEA)

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Hae-Nam Kalbi & Calamari (SEA)

equinoise | Jan 17, 2008 10:01 AM

Dinner last night at this relatively stylish Korean place in Shoreline. Although gas barbeque setups were available (including those at a large inset banquet table that looks like it would make for a great party experience), the cold weather turned us toward other items. The menu explains that this is a franchise of a well-known 25 year-old Seoul restaurant that apparently attacts celebrities in the Korena metropolis. The featured items are dwae-jee kal-bi (grilled marinated pork ribs), pork belly and oh-jing-uh-ju-mul-luck (spicy marinated squid), as suggested by the eatery's insignia, a cartoon pig and squid smiling harmoniosuly. The banchan was quite good, if not outstanding, especially some partially fermented/marinated seeded green chiles that the waiter described as "korean jalapenos". I had the seafood stew, which included pieces of whitefish, crab, prawn and clam in a spicy broth, along with tofu, scallions and sprouts. My companion had the dol-sot bibimbap, which I thought was one of the better versions I had seen. At some point during the meal, we became transfixed by a Korean soap showing on the huge flat-panel TV, as did the staff during their break meal. Together with a large beer, the meal was about $30. I would return to try the house specialites-mollusk and pig are two of the cornerstones in my food pyramid.

PS picked up a Korean paper which advertised a couple new restaurants including a place called "Honey Pig" in Lakewood. Anyone been?

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