When you enter Koryo you are not diving into the type of Asian atmosphere to which we are usually accustomed. And Ahyun has done an amazing job at reforming this institution. Once inside, tranquility and warmth simply emanate from the radiant light and wood of the location. Soft background music allows one to breathe easy. There are two pairs of hands working the stove: those of his mother, Kyunghee, responsible for the origins and roots of Korean cuisine, and Yasuko, who transmits the Japanese culture. Thus, Korea, Japan and China come together in this corner of Barcelona with room for only 25 diners.
On his menu one can find several popular dishes; the guksuor sweet potato noodles sautéed with mushrooms, chicken and vegetables, that teleport you to Asian lands, and the fried eggplant with sweet miso sauce with which you have the feeling of having swallowed a piece of Japan. For the more adventurous and lovers of spice, kimchi is a clear best bet. A traditional dish of fermented cabbage and served with rice to help reduce the intensity of flavor, this dish creates an interesting duality: you want to stop eating but at the same time, it is addictive.
The best sellers in Koryo are the bulgogi and bibimbap . The first consists of marinated beef with soy sauce, and is accompanied by lettuce leaves to help make it into small hand rolls. The second, known as the Korean pot, is the most popular dish. In it are various kinds of vegetables and egg on a bed of rice. A mix of flavor and texture that leaves no one indifferent.
Highly Recommended: At lunch make sure you try a wonderful Bento box, the best option to try multiple dishes at once!
T 932 12 31 39
Bento lunch menu format: 11-12 euros
Menu tasting Korean food and other Japanese 29 € plus VAT.
Text: Marta Parera
Photos: Alba Delgado
Translation: Brett Piron