New Grub Alert: A Korean Delight in Bellevue

Photo: B Bap

No need travel to the Far East to get your Korean fix — just a short excursion to the Eastside will satisfy your cravings. Bellevue welcomes a new kid on the block in international cuisine.

Photo: Bibim Bap

Oma Bap — pronounced (um-ma-bop) — is a fast-casual Korean restaurant created by Korean-American brothers who are devoted to bringing Eastsiders and Seattleites a new restaurant concept that makes simple, traditional Korean delights more accessible and affordable.

According to the owner, Peter Pak, Korean food is based on five tastes: salty, sweet, sour, bitter, and spicy, and five colors: red, green, yellow, white, and black. When traveling to Oma Bap, get ready for an array of salivating flavors and visual attractions.

You will find a variety of “bap” choices (a.k.a. rice), such as the Bibimbap (bee-beem-bop), a Korean rice dish that is served with a variety of seasoned vegetables, egg, and your choice of protein that is mixed all together with a special spicy Korean sauce. As well as Kimbap (keem-bop), Korean rice rolls with a combination of rice and seasoned vegetables rolled in dried seaweed.

Traditional Korean favorites are also on the menu, like Bulgogi (bul-go-gi), a marinated Korean BBQ dish, as well as Japchae (jop-cheh), a traditional Korean noodle dish mixed with a variety of seasoned vegetables — all items range from $7 to $10 — affordable enough to add a side of  Kimchi for 95 cents.

In case you’re not a carnivorous eater, Oma Bap is a vegetarian and vegan-friendly restaurant. Try out these intensely flavorful dishes this week at their official grand opening on Thursday, June 23.

Oma Bap | 120 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue WA | (425) 467-7000