I’ve always felt that there has been a dearth of good Korean restaurants in the District, so I was thrilled to learn about the opening of BUL, in the old Cafe Lautrec spot in Adams Morgan. (Also: since when has Adams Morgan become such a culinary destination???) As soon as I could find the time, I stopped by and I am happy to report that I have found my new go-to Korean spot in the area.
The menu is pretty extensive, and portions are big, but everything is so good you might a well get several dishes and share with your friends. I sampled four items and loved each one. First, crispy fried handmade dumplings, filled with veggies including carrots, onions, zucchini, mushrooms, and lettuce, and served with a savory dipping sauce. The dumplings come steamed as well, but fried is always better. I mean, that’s just a rule for all foods. I also tried the egg mari, a perfectly cooked Korean omelet, rolled and served with crunchy spring onions and drizzled with a mayo and a spicy chili paste. The omelet is soft and savory and the sauces just make it even more delectable. The tofu topped with kimchi is another good choice, the roasted vegetable kimchi is spicy and flavorful and the soft tofu is the perfect contrast to the crunchy veggies. Finally, I saved room for the spicy tofu casserole, which is served in a steaming pot with a side of rice. The dish is bursting with flavor and texture, from the broth and the tofu, and the fantastic medley of spices and herbs. This dish epitomizes why Asian food is the best: no other continent has food that comes close in terms of depth of flavor.
The menu also features noodles, soups, pancakes, and Korean tacos so basically I need to go back 100 more times to sample all of their menu. Prices are reasonable, and servers are happy to explain the menu if you are unfamiliar with Korean dishes. FYI the owners of this spot also own Sakuramen. No wonder its so good.