For those who may have missed the news over the holidays, a buzzy new Korean barbecue place is about to arrive on Capitol Hill. Meet Korean BBQ comes from acclaimed chef Heong Soon Park, the owner behind the well-regarded Bacco Cafe and Chan near Pike Place, and has a planned opening of February 11. In fact, it’s already taking reservations by phone (206-695-2621) and email for Valentine’s Day.
Could Meet make for a hot date night? When it arrives, diners can expect an expansive menu of high-end proteins, such as wagyu beef and Kurobuta pork, grilled tableside. There will also be a few prepared dishes, like tenderloin steak tartare, pork belly kimchi stew, and Korean style chicken wings. The full-service bar will also feature Korean and local beer, PNW wines, and specialty Korean cocktails made with a selection of soju and spirits; daily happy hours will run from 4 p.m until 6 p.m.
Meet takes over Trove, the multifaceted Korean restaurant from Rachel Yang and Seif Chrichi, which closed last summer. It will also compete with a few other Korean barbecue places around the city, including the relatively new Son of a Butcher in South Lake Union. With a prime location and plenty of hype, expectations will be high.