Some serious heat is coming to Capitol Hill. Meet Korean BBQ — from Heong Soon Park, the owner behind the longtime popular spots Bacco Cafe and Chan near Pike Place — plans to bring wood-fire grilled bulgogi and wagyu beef to East Pike Street in February. The spot will take over Trove, the multifaceted Korean restaurant from Rachel Yang and Seif Chrichi, which closed over the summer.
That should make for a smooth transition for Meet Korean BBQ, since the infrastructure for smoky tabletop barbecues are already in place. Park tells Eater Seattle that his new restaurant will be “traditional Korean BBQ with a modern twist,” serving up a variety of high-quality meats, including dry-aged beef, as well as Kurobuta and Iberian pork. Though many Asian barbecue places are a DIY affair, Park’s staff will do all the cooking tableside, something that’s more common in Korea. (Seattle Met first reported the news.)
On the drinks side, diners can expect soju, beer, wine, and Korean cocktails. There will also be some fermented dishes to pair with all the proteins. At the start, Meet will be open for dinner from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., but may extend hours eventually. It’ll join a robust Korean food scene in Seattle, with the aforementioned Yang and Chirchi leading the way with their steakhouse Joule — although Korean barbecue, specifically, isn’t oversaturated (yet).