Korean Food USA is a series that showcases Korean and Korean-inspired eateries all around the nation.
Seattle is no stranger to Korean fusion eateries, with Revel and Marination Mobile racking up rave reviews amongst locals and tourists alike. Joining the Asian fusion scene is Cha:n, a brand new restaurant that opened on May 1st in Seattle’s iconic Pike Place Market. At the helm of operations is Heong Soon Park, who decided to dedicate the lower level of his Italian restaurant, Bacco, to experiment with Cha:n.
Cha:n, which means “all the food except for the rice,” is an intimate 38-seat space open for dinner from Tuesday through Sunday. Its menu, split between traditional and modern dishes, is composed of small plates each ringing in at $14 or less. Those opting for a more traditional flare can find bibimbap, kimchi pancake (jeon), and spicy kimchi pork belly (samgyeopsal) on the menu, while the adventurous types can try bulgogi beef sliders, kimchi bacon paella, and kimchi hangover soup with pork belly. The dessert menu also swings towards more ethnic flavors with rice beer sorbet and honey glazed sweet potato gracing the menu.
For those seeking a new wist on traditional Korean fare, Cha:n Seattle is the place to try!
[Photos: Suzi Pratt]