Tomorrow (November 18) marks the official debut of 16-seat Kimchi Kitchen at 847 Cambridge St., the former home of Cambridge Coffee & Pizza, Boston Magazine reports. Jeannette Park and her mother Helen Park own the counter-service Korean restaurant; Helen is an alum of Meju, Koreana, and H-Mart in both Burlington and Cambridge. Many of Helen's recipes are adapted from dishes her grandmother made, Jeannette told the magazine.
The restaurant will serve "a standing menu of classic Korean dishes" as well as "rotating seasonal items [that] share a fuller breadth of Korea's wide-ranging cuisine," according to its website. Everything, including the plentiful kimchi, is made in-house.
The debut menu includes dishes like japchae (sweet potato-based noodles with beef bulgogi), kimchi fried rice, soon-dubu jigae (a spicy soup with silken tofu), ice cream, and more. The restaurant soft-opened last week and has already racked up a five-star average over eight reviews on Yelp, with the early reviewers praising authenticity, portion size, and friendly service. "The beef bulgogi over rice was amazing," writes one new fan. "I would like to eat this every day until I die, and then every day in the afterlife."
Starting tomorrow, Kimchi Kitchen will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday (except on Tuesday, when it is closed) and 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.