I truly went off the recs on here for this birthday meal so I thought I would give a little review back because everyone was right- this place is amazing.
I take my SO out to a birthday meal of his choice every year. Past meals have included Nobu, Sushi Yasuda, En Japanese, Bohemian...notice a pattern? This year I wanted to break the mold and do something different, something he would truly love but not necessarily safe. Jungsik just so happened to be that perfect place.
We were seated in a corner banquette (by request- thanks guys!) of the gorgeous dining room and started out with a crisp bottle of Pinot Gris. Then the parade of food began.
Our first plate of amuse bouche- Sesame Rice Noodle, Compressed Watermelon with Balsamic, Vegetable Noodle, Crispy Chicken with Kimchi.
Second amuse bouche- Burgers and Fries
Mini Bulgogi Burgers, Potato Puree French Fries with Carrot Ketchup
Bread Service- Olive Roll, Earl Gary and Raisin Brioche, Sourdough Rye
Third Amuse- Cilantro Soup
First Course- YELLOWTAIL HWE Raw Yellowtail Chojang
Second Course- JUNGSIK SALAD Crunchy Salad, Seaweed, Quail Egg
Third Course- SEA SCALLOP Mussel, Thai Curry Broth
Fourth Course- SEA URCHIN Korean Seaweed Rice, Crispy Quinoa
(Special Birthday Dish) KOREAN BIRTHDAY BOWL Kimchi, Seaweed and Rice
Fifth Course- OCTOPUS Ssamjang Aioli
Sixth Course- HERB SOOJEBI Hand-Picked Noodle, Spicy Shellfish Broth, Baby Squid
Seventh Course CLASSIC FISH Black Cod, Soy Pepper Marinade
Eighth Course SMOKED PORK JOWL Pickled Ramp
Ninth Course- OMIJA GRANITE
Tenth Course DESSERT TASTING Strawberry Cremeux, (Not sure of the middle one but it was delicious) Green Tea Cremeux
Digestif- CHOCOLATE MOUSSE Sesame Cocoa Nib, Creme Brulee
Sweet Treats to End- Financier, Mango Balsamic Chocolate, Macaron
This meal was absolutely unbelievable. Each and every course was inventive, exciting and completely unlike anything I have ever experienced in Korean cuisine. We were blown away.
Two things to note- our service was impeccable. I know their were concerns about that in early reviews and any kinks they might have had are gone. The waiters were informative about the ingredients and truly seemed excited about each dish as they were presented.
However there is no longer a 5 or 8 course option. Only the Ten Course tasting menu or a la carte. This may be a bit of a shock if you're not expecting to pay the $155 tasting price tag. But I thought it was worth the price for the food, ambiance and service. I cannot wait until I have another special occasion to return.
Full Review with Pictures here: