Fun, accessible, spicy Korean dishes in a supremely likable, upbeat space
| Updated: November 27, 2018

We’re admittedly a bit of a broken record when it comes to chefs Seif Chirchi and Rachel Yang: The couple’s first restaurant, Joule, serves some of the best and most original globe-trotting cuisine going in Seattle.

Now at Revel, the casual “street food”–inspired Korean spot they opened in Fremont last winter, they’ve done it again: eggy, plate-size pancakes with pork belly or shrimp ($9–$10); salads that redefine the genre ($8–$9); and the rice bowls, oh the rice bowls, topped with succulent braised short ribs or local albacore in a fragrant fennel-rich crust ($13–$14).

This is food so good that, if we were in junior high, we’d threaten to marry it. Pop art, a room-spanning butcher-block table and blond wood keep things light; lots of cement and hard angles make it noisy, but in a lively-party way. There’s even an expansive patio for warmer weather. If it weren’t for sometimes spotty service, the place would be perfect.

403 N 36th St.