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Friday, May 29, 2015

Girin - Seattle, WA

I'm excited that more large-scale Korean BBQs are moving into the city. Owned by Steve Han (of Umi, Momiji, and Kushibar), chef headed by Brandon Kirksey (past experiences: Ethan Stowell's Tavolata and Rione XIII), and located in Pioneer Square, the historic district of Seattle, Girin is a modern Korean PNW fusion restaurant.

Girin is elegant and spacious, and it serves up the comfort of Korean food, yet elevated. Don't expect endless banchan, but you won't miss it and you certainly won't leave hungry. Between Girin and Trove, I don't have to drive 30 miles out of the city for KBBQ anymore!

Korean ssam
Girin specializes in ssam, which is meat served with sides like lettuce, garlic, peppers, housemade kimchi, and sauce. The above photo is of a sparerib saam with an addition of an oyster ($1 on happy hour!).

Korean mandu
Beef and kimchi mandu (steamed dumplings).

Girin Seattle
Pork belly ssam.

Korean seafood pajeon
Pajeon, seafood green onion pancake.

Korean chicken wings
Gochujang chicken wings.

Girin Seattle
The star of the evening! Yukhwe, beef carpaccio with slivers of pear, quail egg, and crushed pine nuts, which gave the dish a rich, creamy finish.

I recommend going to Girin for happy hour to try it out! We ordered so much during HH and the price was reasonable. I'll be back for dinner to try kimchi jjigae (kimchi stew) and gaeran jjim (egg custard with salmon roe and chives).

Photos by Miguel Marino Photography. Please contact us for use.

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  1. Foods look so yummy!! Thanks for sharing.

  2. I am drooling. This looks so divine and I wish I had this in front of me right now. Thanks for making me hungry! haha

    Enclothed Cognition

  3. Yesss, I want it all!!

  4. Great post! Love your Blog :)
    Hope you will visit me too.
    Greetings from Pakistan.

    Maria Speaks Prada

  5. Will def. try these places next time in Seattle! Great pics :)

  6. Looking so yummy!
    Have a nice day!
    Angela Donava

  7. The food looks delicious.
    I love it

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  8. Yum, everything looks so pretty and delicious!

  9. I've heard so many great things about Girin!! Also, pretty sure I need to wipe the drool off my keyboard from your photos now...

  10. We're so glad we stumbled into your blog. We just opened up our services in your area. Would love to learn more about your favorite places to order from in the city. Keep in touch & let's connect on social!

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