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Friday, September 19, 2014

Trove - Seattle, WA

Let me begin by prefacing that I am a lover of Korean BBQ, Revel, and Joule (both restaurants I've reviewed on this site multiple times). Though I'm a resident of Capitol Hill in Seattle, I've been willing to drive 25-ish miles out of the city for more authentic Korean food. Until now.

Korean BBQs tend to require an expansive space considering the size of the grills and vents, so I had little hopes of one being in the city. But oh me of little faith. The magical chef duo behind Revel and Joule, Rachel Yang (pictured above) and Seif Chirchi, recently opened Trove, a 4,000 square-feet Korean BBQ in Capitol Hill, just minutes away from me on foot.

I haven't been this excited about reviewing a restaurant in a while. Let's do this!

Left: Husband's "Tacoma-Fashioned" and my "Seoul Mule." Right: You can order a meat tower: "Modest" ($70 for 2-3 people: 6 meats + 2 veggies) and "Baller" ($100 for 4-6 people... and does this option come with stacks of dolla dolla bills for you to toss?).

Tender octopus atop a white bean and kale salad dressed with miso.

An order of "Sloppy Kim", an Asian twist on the Sloppy Joe with cilantro and daikon in a fried bun.

Between the two of us, we ordered 2 beefs (hanger and wagyu) and 2 porks (pork belly and short rib) for the Korean BBQ. My recommendations: wagyu - melts in your mouth! And pork belly, because samgyeopsal is my favorite. Dip the pork belly in the sesame oil and salt mixture (pictured below).

We ordered one bowl of rice (plenty to share between 2 people) and some Korean side dishes that included kimchee and pickled vegetables. The banchan servings are modest, and not the plethora you're used to in more traditional Korean restaurants.

Just because this beer is so kawaii.

I'm never too full for dessert. Within Trove, there is a Bar, Noodle Bar (bustling for lunch - get the rice cakes), and Parfait Truck. We got a "New School Snickers" parfait layered with chocolate ice cream, crunchy miso caramel, black sesame cake, and candied peanuts. Also, make sure you take a look through the pipe on the side of the Truck. You will see a Godzilla surprise. ;)

Trove is a modern take on Korean BBQ, and expect quality over quantity. There may not be stacks of meat and endless banchan, but I don't think I'll ever have to drive out of the city for Korean food... maybe except for when I'm craving soondubu. Check out more of my reviews of Seattle restaurants! Happy Friday!

Photography by Miguel Marino. Please contact us for use.

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  1. The place looks amazing!

  2. It all looks so yummy and pretty!!


  3. Looks amazing!! I love Korean BBQ too.

    Aissa // Layer It Up

  4. Looks so delicious!! <3 Great post!

    x Jacquelyn

  5. Amazing post, dear!

  6. How cool is this place?! I just got back from Seoul where I of course ate a ton of bbq; now that I'm back on the Central Coast in CA, I am seriously lamenting my lack of access of to great Korean food. I love this new school take on bbq and banchan, especially the sloppy kim! Looks like I'll have to try to recreate these dishes on my own. Love the blog, thanks for writing. - a clean eating bento blog.

  7. Ahh! I just add Korean BBQ yesterday but it did not look as good as this! I love Seattle and would love to try this place when I visit again (which is hopefully soon). The sloppy kim looks so good!

  8. Yum! We are definitely going to have to try this place soon since we are in Cap Hill too!

    I hope you have a great weekend!


  9. That looks amazing!! I'm totally craving Korean BBQ now!

    Thanks for stopping by our blog!

  10. I'm ashamed to admit I'm a complete newbie when it comes to Korean BBQ but it looks delicious!! x

  11. Great photos!
    That place looks amazing

  12. The food looks amazingly good! Great shots :)))
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    xx, Claire from Vancouver, Canada

  13. I want to try that little cute beer! Only because it's a cute can haha xx

  14. i love soondae :) teeheee you're too cute!

  15. This all looks so delicious :'(( Especially since I'm so hungry right now!

    The pictures came out awesome also.


  16. Loving these photos! All the foods look delicious x

  17. Looks like a nice place! :)

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  19. This place looks like an amazing place to eat! Thanks for sharing. :)

  20. Beautiful pictures!!! Great food pictures!

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  21. although i'm a vegetarian, this place looks really neat! great atmosphere!

  22. I love kbbq! Now we have a new place to go check out. :)

    xo - Sheila

  23. Alright, I need to go check this out. It looks fabulous. And that snickers sundae sounds really interesting but really delicious. Your recipe reviews are always so on point, love them!!

    P.S. I hope you're doing well!!

  24. I loved reading your review, I saw your insta about the new restaurant and immediately asked my husband if we could check it out for our anniversary dinner next month! Was it hard to get a reservation?



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