Sunday, February 1, 2015

Table Talk | Made-from-scratch Korean at Bellevue court

Yunique Noodle House opened last month at the Bellevue food court, next door to the owners' sushi/teriyaki stand, Asahi.
Yunique Noodle House opened last month at the Bellevue food court, next door to the owners' sushi/teriyaki stand, Asahi. MICHAEL S. WIRTZ / Inquirer Staff Photographer
There really is a Yun behind Yunique Noodle House, which opened last month in the Bellevue's food court (Broad and Walnut Streets, lower level).

Actually, several Yuns. Kyu Su Yun - who goes by "Q," the rough pronunciation of "Kyu" - and his wife, Yea Hee Yun, and his parents, Chun Chol and Chae Kyo Yun.

Ten years ago, Q was an electronic technician specializing in cash registers and point-of-sale equipment when Yea Hee started a sushi/teriyaki stand, Asahi, at the Bellevue. As Asahi has grown into Suburban Station and the Bourse, Q gave up electronics.

They also have Yunique Pizza in Suburban Station, which dishes pies during the week and is used as a sushi kitchen on weekends. The Yuns prepared 1,800 vegetarian sushi rolls for the White House holiday party.

Yunique Noodle House, which is to the right of Asahi in the Bellevue's food court, serves Korean specialties from the family's native Korea, including bibimbap (a rice dish) and bulgogi (marinated steak), plus ramen, pad thai, and Viet-style pho and rice vermicelli. All is made from scratch to order.

Also new on the fast-food front: Jake's Philadelphia Cheesesteaks, in the Shops at Liberty Place, 1625 Chestnut St. Owner Gary Dorfman was a manager at the Chart House who then got an MBA and worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers. He uses rolls from Carangi Bakery and meats from the Hollywood Meat Market in the Italian Market.

What's new

A newcomer to Upper Bucks that's gotten attention from the Chowhounds.com crowd: Cafe Avocado, a homey 20-seat BYOB in a storefront in Perkasie (519 W. Walnut St., 215-258-0300), not far from the Sellersville Theater. Owner Terry Mikols' background is in catering, and the menu is an amalgam of styles: soups, salads, sandwiches, fish tacos, meat loaf, quiche. Her son Ian Boothman makes the cafe's signature baked stuffed onion. It's open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays; and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. This Saturday, Mikols will start opening on the first Saturday of the month at 6 p.m. for live music and tapas.

What's coming

Get set for Zot, a Belgian restaurant/wine bar/beer bar, at 122 Lombard St. in Society Hill, next door to Bistro Romano. Zot will take part of the space long occupied by Le Champignon, whose sushi operation is due to continue in 124-126 Lombard. Co-owner Tim Trevan says he and chef-partner Bernard Dehaene are not looking for trendy. Dehaene was chef-owner of Le Mannequin Pis, a Belgian restaurant of some repute in Washington. Trevan is hoping to open Feb. 10. The name? Flemish for "mad man," he says.

The luxe lounge Rum Bar (2005 Walnut St.) expects to open Feb. 19. A selection of 40-plus rums, plus a tapas menu from chef Patricia Galer, last a line cook at Normandy Farm.

A couple of months out is Chick's Cafe & Wine Bar, which will mark a transformation of the old-time drinkin' bar at 614 S. Seventh St. (near South). Owners are planning small plates, plus beer and wines. It's across from the vegetarian hit Horizons, which itself was an old bar in its previous incarnation.

Briefly noted

Mexican Post's new location at 1601 Cherry St., just off the Parkway in the Three Parkway building, is open.

After nearly four years, Alison Barshak is buying a liquor license for Alison's at Blue Bell. BYO will still be permitted.

Swanky Bubbles' second location, in Short Hills Towne Center in Cherry Hill, is due to open Monday.

A Five Guys Famous Burgers & Fries outlet has opened in Cherry Hill's Ellisburg Shopping Center.

Honey's Sit 'N Eat in Northern Liberties has expanded hours. It's now open Mondays and also serves dinner weeknights.

Starting next week, Jonathan's American Grille in the Jenkintown train station closes Mondays. It's open Tuesday through Friday for lunch, Tuesday through Sunday for dinner, and Sunday for brunch.

Restaurant Alba in Malvern adds Sunday dinner on Feb. 11.

James Haney, who opened the Atlantic City Palm, is the new manager of the Palm in the Bellevue, which I guess makes him a Palm pilot.


Contact columnist Michael Klein

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