Seoulspice Brings Fast-Casual Korean to Noma

The restaurant opens Friday with free food for early customers.

Seoulspice dishes up Korean rice bowls (pictured), salads, tacos, and "korritos" in Noma. Photograph courtesy of Seoulspice.

Fast-casual Korean restaurant Seoulspice opens today, slinging its first round of “korritos” (korean burritos), tacos, and bowls in Noma. The 50-seat restaurant celebrates its debut with free meals for the first 100 customers, starting at 11 am.

This is the first restaurant from owner Eric Shin (fun fact: he’s also a percussionist in the National Symphony Orchestra). The customizable menu emphasizes naturally gluten-free options, such as the korrito, wrapped in seaweed instead of a flour tortilla, and corn-based taco shells. Guests can design their own dishes with marinated ribeye, organic chicken, pork, or braised tofu, and add a variety of veggie toppings inspired by Korean banchan, small sides traditionally brought with a meal. Rounding out the options are house-made sauces like creamy Sriracha, and extras such as avocado or the soy-marinated eggs often found in ramen.

Seoulspice offers a bigger selection of beverages than your average quick-grab spot, including Asian soft drinks like Ramune Soda, and a variety of house-made juices. Look for beer (local and Korean), wine, and soju cocktails on tap in about a month.

Seoulspice. 145 N St., NE. Open daily 11 am to 10 pm.

Food Editor

Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.