I am a self-proclaimed foodie. As a foodie, I spend most of my free time yelping new restaurants in Seattle to eat at. I love trying new foods and am open to almost anything! (The other day I even tried Balut!)
I heard about Revel from watching Iron Chef on the Food Network. The competitors for the challenge were local chefs from Seattle: Chef Rachel Yang and Chef Seif Chirchi. It was briefly mentioned on Iron Chef that Chefs Yang and Chirchi had two restaurants in Seattle. Being the foodie that I am, I googled the restaurants and came upon Revel; a restaurant highlighting Korean Fusion cuisine.
"Short Rib Rice bowl with sambal daikon and mustard green"
4/5 Thumbs up
Traditionally known as 'bibimbap', Revel captured the flavors of a bibimbap perfectly while still keeping the presentation very 'Revel'. The sweet and savory short ribs were cooked to a perfect medium-well. The slightly bitter mustard greens were also the perfect compliment to the meat. As always with Korean cuisine, there has to be Kimchi. Revel puts a slight twist on kimchi by using daikon radish instead of napa cabbage. Using daikon created a refreshing crunch to the overall dish. To top it off, the egg yolk harmoniously married all the flavors of the dish.
"Pork dumplings with cilantro and hot chili peanut oil"
5/5 Thumbs up
The dumplings at Revel are a must! They are cooked by steaming on a flat iron grill under a metal bowl. This technique not only allows the center of the dumplings to be juicy, but also wonderfully crispy on the outside. The peanut oil and cilantros were an extra touch that married the flavors of the dumplings! I highly recommend this dish!
"Roasted duck on top of smoked tea noodles with pickled raisins and duck crackling"
4/5 Thumbs up
The last and final dish of our evening was the Roasted Duck and Smoked Tea Noodles. This dish definitely stood out because of the flavor profile and originality. While the dish itself was not a traditional Korean dish, it had all the ingredients that Koreans commonly cook with. The noodles were house-made and had a nice chewy texture to them (almost as if grandma herself made it!) The duck was tender and spiced beautifully in a way that married well with the other ingredients. The dish was very comforting and resembled exactly how Korean cuisine should be.
Last minute thoughts...
Revel is a restaurant not only for daring foodies but for those who have an interest in Korean cuisine. It highlights Korean cuisine beautifully while still being original in the sense that all the cooking techniques derived from French cuisine. I recommend Revel to anyone who ventures the Fremont area and also to those who have a genuine interest in fusion foods, Korean food, and just overall good food.
403 N 36th St
Seattle, WA 98103