I take Mr. T out to a birthday meal of his choice every year. Past meals have included Nobu, Sushi Yasuda, En Japanese, Bohemian...notice a pattern? This year I wanted to break the mold and do something different, something he would truly love but not necessarily safe. Jungsik just so happened to be that perfect place.
We were seated in a corner banquette of the gorgeous dining room and started out with a crisp bottle of Pinot Gris.
Then the parade of food began. Our first plate of amuse bouche- Sesame Rice Noodle, Compressed Watermelon with Balsamic, Vegetable Noodle, Crispy Chicken with Kimchi.
Second amuse bouche- Burgers and Fries
Mini Bulgogi Burgers
Potato Puree French Fries with Carrot Ketchup
Bread Service- Olive Roll
Earl Gary and Raisin Brioche
Butter and Salt
Third Amuse- Cilantro Soup (Mr. T had a Tomato Gazpacho for his Cilantro allergy)
First Course- YELLOWTAIL HWE Raw Yellowtail Chojang
Second Course- JUNGSIK SALAD Crunchy Salad, Seaweed, Quail Egg
Third Course- SEA SCALLOP Mussel, Thai Curry Broth
Fourth Course- SEA URCHIN Korean Seaweed Rice, Crispy Quinoa
(Special Birthday Dish) KOREAN BIRTHDAY BOWL Kimchi, Seaweed and Rice
Fifth Course- OCTOPUS Ssamjang Aioli
Sixth Course- HERB SOOJEBI Hand-Picked Noodle, Spicy Shellfish Broth, Baby Squid
Fifteen Minute Break to digest and order another bottle of wine- Cab Franc.
Seventh Course CLASSIC FISH Black Cod, Soy Pepper Marinade
Eighth Course SMOKED PORK JOWL Pickled Ramp
Ninth Course- OMIJA GRANITE
Tenth Course DESSERT TASTING Strawberry Cremeux, (Not sure of the middle but it was delicious) Green Tea Cremeux
Digestif- CHOCOLATE MOUSSE Sesame Cocoa Nib, Creme Brulee
Sweet Treats to End- Financier, Mango Balsamic Chocolate, Macaron
This meal was absolutely unbelievable. Each and every course was inventive, exciting and completely unlike anything I have ever experienced in Korean cuisine. We were blown away. Not only was the food delicious but the service was absolutely impeccable. The waiters were informative about the ingredients and truly seemed excited about each dish as it was presented. They even gave us a special birthday menu for Mr. T.
Yes this is an expensive meal, not one I can do often, but completely worth it for special occasion and one I will not soon forget.