Dae Mon – Fine Contemporary Korean Food
The interior, so harmoniously designed by Felix Pahnke, is even more intimate now than before. Cosier. But without losing its coolness. Pahnke is sticking to it. Just like at home, the rooms change constantly. They grow, showing more and more of the soul behind the team at Dae Mon. A team that has mastered two things above all: cooking and hospitality. We feel nothing less than attentively seen to the entire evening by owner Hyun Wanner as well as Jamin Hubold, who provides incredibly charismatic service and is responsible for everything to do with wine and spirits. With each course he serves wonderful pairings from sake to wine to an ice-cold, fresh yuzu liquor with desert.
Our three-part menu kicks off with divinely combined appetisers. "Mandu", tenderly fried dumplings with a prawn filling and sweet sauce for dipping. "Beoseot", roasted strings of herbs and shemiji mushrooms with a fantastically truffled oyster mushroom creme and fermented radish and red beets. And "cham chi" with tuna tartar and avocado. One of my favourite dishes! Here finely seasoned with yuzu juice and onion. Arranged with long, thin cucumber slices and a touch of sesame. We’re smitten.
The mains follow with "dae gu" and "ojinger" - black cod and grilled octopus. The fish, cooked in miso, arrives juicy and glistening with fried calamaretti, spiced kimchi mousse, asparagus, and passepierre algae. The grilled octopus is brand new to the menu and, if my companion’s reaction after the first bite is any indicator, "awesome!" Served with it are a wonderful sweet and sour wakame salad, Korean potato salad, and cauliflower as well as topinambur chips and cucumber rolls filled with ponzu onions. As he said: "awesome!"
I have to pass on deserts, but my companions goes for two: decadent, deep-fried milk rice balls with buttermilk-yuzu ice cream along with salted cashews and a chocolate variation of light and dark chocolate in the form of small cakes, pralines, and creme with fresh fruit. He beams with joy. – Definitely a place to visit!
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