I have been drooling for some weeks looking at the instafeed of Dae Mon. I am a huge fan of korean Food... Not to mention my favorite restaurant in the world is a Korean-Icelandic one in oslo called Pjoltergeist, a tiny super cool restaurant that delivers amazing flavours.
Sooooo, when the guys from Dae Mon invited us to come by and try their new menu, I was thrilled! Of course I went there with my BFF and part of my Foodie Squad Ailine.
I was late (as always) but just because it is a hard place to find if you trust Google Maps. Or at least if you have a poor sense of direction like me.
But i got there! and I was amazed by how cozy it was. Ailine was already there having an aperitif. I was greeted by Hyun with some bubbles and big smiles. The restaurant looked small, but that was not the case. The restaurant goes all the way to the back with a beautiful open kitchen. A very minimalistic design with splashes of color and full with Y Wagner Chairs that would make any design freak like me scream of joy.
We asked Hyun to decide which dishes we would eat, and daaaamn were they good! For starts we got 2 entrees: "Yuk Hoe" a beef tartare with limes, korean mustard seeds and apples & "Mun Eo" a marinated octopus, celery, dried tomatoes and coriander.
After these awesome starters, I thought we were going directly to the main dishes. But we got surpised by a dish called "Mul Go Gí" a Marinated Black Salmon with Hokkaido pumpkin & chilli. This dish brought so many happy mementos from Scandinavia and Peru. it was pumpkin in different ways (remember Brasserie Paleo with their 3 way Jerusalem Artichokes?) Cream, pureed, whole raw... and the fish reminded me to a peruvian dish called "Tiradito" but sweeter. One of my favorites of the evening.
I love open kitchens on restaurants! While we were waiting for the main dishes to arrive, I went and shot some pictures of the chefs working on our food, I am always amazed by the precision...
And the Main courses got to our table!!!! I had no idea which one would be the best one as both looked YUMMY!. We got "So Go Gí" a Campo Entrecôte beef, onions and red beets in 3 ways with baby spinach. And "Cham chi" a beautiful Tuna with fermented garlic and beans.
Ailine's favorite was the Tuna, mine was the Beef. I am a big sucker for a very well made piece of cow! Here we could see again how they worked the red beets in different textures and ways.
But the Tuna was superb as well... the taste of the fermented garlic was extremely good together with this dish. And let's not start with the size of this dishes. You better be hungry when you reserve a table!
We had 2 side dishes as well: Sweet Potato Salad and Daikon Radish
And now time to DESSERT!!! and thank gor for my extra "Dessert Stomach"! We got to enjoy "Ja Du Man Du" (Man Du mean dumpling in korean) Plum with mirin foam, salty chocolate and cinnamon and "Hyang Gwa" a Passion Fruit Mousse, with Mango and spices pastry/cookies.
I loved this place and I cannot wait until I go there again. So If you are thinking where to go this weekend? Reserve a table at Dae Mon, For me, the best contemporary Korean food I had.
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