Food Porn: Revel’s Korean American Fare

Firebird Cocktail

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In this edition of Food Porn, Revel serves up urban-style Korean comfort food. The food is simple, yet bold. The menu is innovative and provides a delightful contrast to other “fusion” restaurants in Seattle. They utilize fresh, quality ingredients to compose new and interesting flavors in each of their dishes.

Revel's "Firebird" Cocktail. Photo by Jennifer Liu.

Husband and wife duo Seif Chichi and Rachel Yang blend their Korean and American heritages to create a modern cuisine at Revel. Along with their other restaurant, Joule, their creative risk has proved to be quite a success.

The interior has been re-imagined from an industrial building into an inviting space. The decor is minimalist, with beautiful blond wood and an open kitchen. Seats at the bar give a great view of the cooks in action, preparing the bright and flavorful dishes. Outside on the balcony, there is a patio that is perfect for sunny Seattle days, but the heat-lamps provide warmth even when it is gray.

The food is phenomenal. To start, the Mussel Pancake with caramelized fennel, and coconut is crisp on the outside, but moist and flavorful in the middle. The Short Rib Dumplings are a dark bright reddish orange and filled with tender meat. The Short Rib Rice Bowl with daikon, egg, and mustard greens is a favorite, a delicious twist on the tradition Korean rice dish, Bi Bim Bop. The flavors are well-balanced in the Dungeness Crab Noodles, featuring wide seaweed noodles and Dungeness crab in a spicy red curry.

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Photos by Jennifer Liu.

Revel creates an exciting, new cuisine by integrating Korean and American fare in a bold way. Come for a great, satisfying meal any time of day.

Revel  | 403 N 36th St., Seattle  |  (206) 547-2040