- September 21, 2011
Keys to the Door: Owner Steve Choi, chef Michelle Choi.
Korean with a Kick: Where to feast on spicy Korean stews, slow-cooked marinated barbecue and tangy Kimchi, those fragrant, fermented vegetables? Pull up a seat at Rohst, Lower Greenville Avenue’s latest resto resident, where owner Steve Choi and his wife, chef Michelle Choi, have set out to bring Korean tastes to town, but with an American spin — the menus are in full-on English.“While Korean food has flourished for decades in big cities on the west coast,” Steve says, “there is still not enough awareness in south-central states.” According to Choi, who ran the traditional-style Chosun Korean BBQ on Royal Lane, few people are familiar with the bold, flavorful dishes of Korean cuisine because they simply can’t read the menu. “Guests can’t bring a dictionary to know what they are going to eat,” he says. Our advice? Order up the hand-brushed, char-grilled barbecue pork ribs; soy-glazed salmon with baby bean sprouts; and a tofu-and-vegetable burger for the foodie-est of herbivores. Your sojourn to Korea, however, won’t be complete without one of the specialty martinis: We’re going for the ginger-peach or the green tea. 2817 Greenville Ave., 214.823.8730; rohst.com.
Image: Marinated rib-eye slices on a crispy wonton shell with sautéed vegetables at Rohst. Photo by Joy Zhang.