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Urban Seoul

2750 Alton Parkway, 131 Irvine, CA 92606 | Irvine | 949-553-0188

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Urban Seoul at Irvine’s Diamond Jamboree uses proven Korean-Mexican flavor combos as a baseline. Get the quesadilla. In fact, do not go to Urban Seoul without ordering one; it’s the greatest non-taco Korean-Mexi invention since Kogi’s Blue Moon Mulita. Urban Seoul uses an actual kimchi pancake—a thin, vaguely spicy, delicate crepe-like creation—in lieu of a flour tortilla, then stuffs it with juicy grilled chicken, mozzarella and Cheddar cheese. It's crispy, but more important is that it tastes like a bizarre omelet served with ambrosial kimchi sour cream. Yet, Urban Seoul leans more Korean than Kogi. Though it’s called Urban 3B, the bibimbap with a poached egg is still very proper bibimbap. Its rendition of tteokbokki, a common Korean street food of chewy-as-gum rice cakes stir-fried in a sweet-and-spicy hell sauce, has the rice cake flash-fried first. And the so-called chicken lollipops--kinder, gentler Buffalo wings--are still served with tart cubes of pickled daikon. But there may not be a better traditional dish here than the japchae mari—stir-fried glass noodle encased in deep-fried seaweed stogies that end up tasting like the Korean version of tater tots.


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  • Cuisine(s): Asian, Asian Fusion, Greek, Korean
  • Hours: Sun 11:30am-3pm, Sun 4:30pm-8:30pm, Mon-Sat 11am-2:30pm, Mon-Wed 4:30pm-9pm, Thu-Sat 4:30pm-9:30pm
  • Price: $, $$
  • Serving: Dinner
  • Alcohol: None
  • Parking: Free, Lot Available
  • Payment Types: All Major Credit Cards, cash
  • Attire: Casual
  • Features: Catering, Kid Friendly, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Takeout

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