Kimchi is a national vegetable side dish in Korea, and the name of a very nice Korean/Japanese place in the Asian quarter of Dublin, just at the top of the central O’Connell street. I have never been to Korea and was not really interested in Korean cuisine. But after I went to Japan and tried some dishes I enjoyed, I started to look for similar food when I returned to Dublin.
One of those was the grilled eel (Unagi) dish with omelette on top, served in a wooden or plastic bento box – always closed when arriving at your table, so that the meal stays warm. Grilled eel was quite expensive back in Japan due to the rarity of the fish, and would not be available in a casual restaurant.
I wasn’t surprised that I could not find it in all typically packed sushi places in Dublin, so I started to look beyond the Japanese cuisine. And I found Kimchi / Hophouse, with an almost invisible entrance on the busy Parnell Street. The menu said that there is a range of Japanese meals including sashimi and sushi.
A small looking restaurant from outside turned out to be quite spacious inside, with its own bar and even a beer garden in the back. Big selection on plum wines and Korean beers, and of course Korean dishes too. This time I did not order the eel, I went for the signature dish Bulgogi, as displayed on the picture, and it was also absolutely yum!