First Look: Nuri Grill is a Japanese do-it-yourself steakhouse

Tucked away in Dallas’ Koreatown neighborhood on Royal Lane is a new Korean-inspired steak lounge. Intimate enough for a date but still comfortable enough for a family dinner, the Nuri Grill is an interactive experience where guests can enjoy cocktails, steaks, and Asian cuisine and even learn how to cook it themselves.

Nuri Grill comes from Wan Kim, CEO of Smoothie King, who credits his lifelong passion for food and business as the inspiration for the launch of the steakhouse. Wan teamed up with Chef Minji Kim and her husband Ben Lee, who left Korea for Dallas last year to help Wan on this project. The chefs recognized by the Michelin Guide have prepared a menu consisting of steaks, noodles, vegetable dishes and decadent desserts.

Start with a yuzu whiskey sour, made with Legent Bourbon, Montenegro, yuzu, lemon and egg white ($ 12). In equal parts sweet, sour and fatty, this drink is a great precursor to the feast. A lighter choice is matcha mai tai, made with Kuleana Huihui Light Hawaiian rum, Kasama Aged Filipino rum, lime, pineapple, almond barley, and matcha powder ($ 12) . If you like matcha tea, matcha mai tai tastes quite similar, with just a little spice.

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Tuna tartare is a light and delicious starter.

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As for starters, the tuna tartare is a light choice and absolutely to die for ($ 15). These hearty little pieces have just the right texture and a fair amount of bitterness. If you can’t wait to treat yourself, other appetizer dishes include the crispy pork belly ($ 14) and the sweet fried chicken ($ 14).

Everything on the menu is designed for sharing, and instead of offering a menu filled with main courses, Nuri offers two feasts; the Chookjae Feast ($ 46 per person) and the Janchi Feast ($ 37 per person). The Chookjae feast is accompanied by chateaubriand (a central cut of a beef tenderloin) and the Janchi is accompanied by sirloin steak. Both are served with a house salad made with marinated radish, kimchi, pepper truffle salt and ssamjang, soft tofu stew with white rice and ice cream for dessert.

In the middle of each table is a grill, where skilled waiters grill meats. Or, you can choose to grill the meats yourself. Of course, you might be thinking, “Is the point of going to a restaurant that the chef cooks for me?” But believe us, cooking at the table is part of the experience.

Now the grill heats up quite quickly, so you will have to be very careful with the meats. Quickly get your TikToks and Instagram stories, then keep your eyes on the grill.

At the end of dinner, diners are given ice cream for dessert, or if you’re still feeling a little fancy, we recommend Earl Gray Creme Brulee ($ 7).

All in all, Nuri Grill is worth it, whether you are coming for a date, a family dinner, or an evening with a group of friends.

Nuri Grill. 2254 Royal Lane, Dallas (Koreatown). Open from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Thursday; 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

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