By NICK CAITO | Hartfordmag.com
For too long it has been difficult to find Korean food in Connecticut.
That problem is seeing gradual improvement as the state and the country gain a palpate for the peninsula.
A win in that column came when Seoul Korean BBQ & Sushi, affiliated with to Colorado restaurants by the same name, opened near the West farms mall in December.
Area residents might know Seoul’s location as the former Daddy’s Junky Music, but there’s nothing “junky” about the new venture. In fact, the whole restaurant is hidden behind a grandiose gate. Inside, care was taken on the beautifully modern interior, with chic wall patterns and shining steel vents over each tabletop grill. Sitting in what was once the “used” section of Daddy’s, it’s difficult to imagine Seoul as anything other than a restaurant.
The kitchen makes amazing work of dishes like its succulent daeji-bulgogi(spicy roast pork) and delicious galchi-gui(panfried white fish).
Meals come with the typical array of table-filling Korean side dishes but might include slightly less-common items like marinated soybeans and stirfried dried shrimp, both of which are rich in sweet and umami flavors – and strangely addictive.
Private party rooms, lunch specials, a full sushi menu and a bar featuring soju and sake rice wines round out the offerings in a business property that has gone successfully from kick drums to kimchi.