It was a Saturday evening just after Paddy's day, and unexpectedly we ended up kids free for the evening. So we decided to push our luck even further and we decided to go for a meal in Sligo town without any reservation. I had always wanted to try Miso, a Korean and Japanese restaurant which is owned by NY Jung and his wife.
You have to know that there used to be a Korean manufacturing plant (Saehan) in Sligo during the 90's in Hazelwood. The plant manufactured video tapes for all major brands, and you also have to know that my first job in Ireland was in Saehan. It is here that I got my first taste of the Korean cuisine. The canteen used to serve Kimchi and beef Bulgogi, and I used to love it.
So here we were, Saturday evening with no reservation. The restaurant was full with the exception of one table. We were told to come back in 20 minutes, but 5 minutes later we got the phone call telling us that the table was ready.
The restaurants interior is cosy, and there was a great buzz in Miso on this particular Saturday evening. Glancing over the menu, it is clear that the menu has all the great dishes from the Japanese and Korean kitchen. As starters, we opted for the medium Sushi selection. Another fact about myself is that I love sushi, something which is hard enough to find in Ireland although it is surrounded by sea and ocean.
But in Miso, we were spoiled for choice. The medium Sushi set comes with 5 pieces of Nigiri, 5 pieces of todays special roll (and as you can see in the picture, I couldn't hold myself and ate one before taking the picture), 2 pieces of California roll or Philadelphia roll.
And of course there was the Wasabi and pickled ginger. And may we say, it was divine. It was fresh, it was tasty, it was nicely presented,... as a score we would give it 10/10 .
As a main course, i opted for the Kimchi Pork fried rice and Dolores ordered the Bulgogi Dupbap, 2 typical Korean dishes. Kimchi are seasoned vegetables which can be fresh or fermented. The most popular variety is spicy kimchi made of cabbage. When i ordered, I was asked what spice level I wanted. The spice level went from 1 to 7, one being the mildest. The normal served kimchi in Miso is level 3 which is the level I opted for. It was nicely served on a wooden plate. The dish of pork fried rice with kimchi was very tasty, perfect level of spiciness and was very filling.
The Bulgogi Dupbap was served in a bowl which contained rice which was covered with beautiful tender slices of beef which had been marinated in soy sauce, sugar, garlic,.... It was another perfect dish, all washed down with a glass of wine.
We were so full that we decided to skip the dessert menu. A great thing about this little gem is that NY Jung keeps an eye on the customers and explains how to eat the dishes when you are not to familiar with the Korean cuisine.
Miso is a gem of a restaurant, one which serves Korean and Japanese food like it should be served. Miso just made it to the top 100 restaurants of Ireland as voted by the Irish Times. While they serve amazing food, the prices are very reasonable. Our meal with drinks came to €52 , which is brilliant value. Another thing to mention is that our waitress (Dominica) for the evening was lovely, chatty and very informed on the cuisine as she studied the Japanese language and had been in Japan before.