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. May 29, 2015 / 8:38 pm

    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

  2. June 10, 2015 / 4:03 am

    Yum, everything looks so pretty and delicious!

  3. June 15, 2015 / 6:20 pm

    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…

  4. May 15, 2017 / 6:08 pm

    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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    We're now in Boston, Austin, Philly, D.C., Chicago, Portland, Denver, and Seattle!

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