Seattle >Restaurants > Joule
3506 Stone Way N, Seattle, WA | Directions 9810347.649592 -122.342244
Tues.-Thurs. & Sun. 5-10 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. 5-11 p.m.
Neighborhoods: Wallingford, Lake Union
New stylish digs - same incredible Korean inspired fare coming out of the kitchen. Stop by Sunday night for their dinner series which features NW wines.
So much flavor! Love the new space and the updated menu at this gem, especially those rice cakes, fiery with chorizo. Rachel Yang and Seif Chirchi's Korean steakhouse is spare and stylish and the food syncs with the vibe. Dinner gets all the attention, but don't forget about brunch, which is a buffet like nothing you've ever seen before.
I loved the first Joule and I love this sleek new Tiffany blue & navy room even more. Outstanding food & cocktails, attentive service, lots of seating options including a communal table and an outdoor fire pit paired with the warm hospitality of chef/owners Seif and Rachel will keep you coming back for more.
Usual and stellar combinations of ingredients exemplifies this korean influenced fare. If you loved it before, it's even more divine in its new home. If you've never been, well then you are in for a treat. Loved the Tartar, Cold Prawns and crispy rice cakes.
We liked every dish – I respectully disagree with the negative reviews posted here. My girlffriend and I went on Friday and enjoyed great service (they juggled and fit us in without a reservation and the waiter was friendly and attentive and made a great wine recommendation). I enjoyed the green salad with squash chips and funky radishes and my girlfriend and I both absolutely loved the fennel soup with clams... creamy with complex flavors that we never expected from a fennel soup. Crispy pork dumplings were great - loved the gingery sweetness of the sauce. Main courses -- Bison Hanger steak and short ribs -- were cooked perfectly and were quite tender and flavorful. Desserts were perfect -- a REAL ginger ice cream... not too sweet.... and a chocolate cake with condensed milk ice cream that reminded me a eating brownies with milk as a kid. simple goodness. Thanks for a great meal.
Who wrote the Weekly Review? So wrong! – Went on a date after reading the glowing weekly review. Talk about overrated, the food was completely bland, the service was indifferent, and the atmosphere was dry. Whoever wrote that review was either bribed or has never eaten in a truly inventive bistro. Gnochhi and the cornbread was unique but flavorless, the octopus tased like rubber. Only redeeming dish was the whole cooked fish which was tasty. Try Opal or Harvest Vine if you want real inventive and flavorful food.
Fair food, very poor service – My friends suggested we go to Joule for dinner after they had read a Seattle Times review on the new restaurant. I am always excited to try a new restaurant. Sadly, this was a major disappointment. The food was fair at best. I started with the spicy beef soup which was well seasoned but difficult to eat with pieces of leeks cut way too long. Several of us had grilled fish of some sort, which all was good. Other dishes ordered by the table were the short ribs and lasagna which were both highly disappointing. Ribs were tough and the lasagna was poorly seasoned. The service though was by far the most disappointing. Our waitress could not care less if we had a pleasant experience or not. She even made it clear to us by what time we needed to be out of the restaurant. The owners have some serious work to do with their staff if they want to gather a dedicated following.
Needs Work – We were excited to try this new neighborhood restaurant, but were sadly disappointed. The service, food and atmosphere all fell short. The hostess/waitress was indifferent at best... no warmth or welcoming attitude, very cold and impersonal. We sat at our table for 15 minutes before anyone came to even take a beverage order. There was no information offered about the menu, e.g. specials or recommendations (and there are some unique things on the menu that would benefit from an explanation). The short ribs were dry, tough and full of gristle, definitely not tender and falling off the bone. Everything is ala carte, so side dishes need to be ordered to complete the meal. On the positive side, the whole fried fish was excellent... moist and cooked well. The gnocci side dish was unique and tasty. The fried buns served in lieu of bread are delicious. The atmosphere is cute, although better ventilation is needed... heavy, oily smoke smell permeated the restaurant in spite of the fans, and we walked out with our clothing smelling of fried fish. There's potential here, however with so many good restaurants within walking distance, these guys need to make some quality improvements quickly to retain and attract customers.
French-Korean fusion feeds the needs of neighborhood locals from Wallingford and beyond. – In Short
An eclectic menu inspired by French and Korean cuisine, chef/owners Rachel Yang and Seif Chirchi, formerly of Coupage, plate sensory experiences in kimchi, bison hanger steak and smoked gouda cornbread. Diners, amidst the jovial banter from the open kitchen and the swell of conversation that fills the small room, can mix and match from the menu's sparked, tossed, pickled, crisped, and simmered categories in a place casual enough to be "neighborhood" and classy enough to say "mais oui," sake flute in hand.
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