Looking for a trendy, fun place for a drink and a bite in the Vista? You’ve found it at 929 Gervais Street. 929 Kitchen & Bar is owned by young, hip partners Karen and Sean and their silent partners who have dreamed for a long time of serving up authentic Korean food with a modern twist here in their hometown of Columbia.
Located in an historic red brick building, 929 shows off its owners’ passion for the past with exposed brick walls and polished original wood floors. Modern industrial lighting sparkles above and gorgeous tables (some are shined-up tree trunk slabs) and cool seating invite guests and conversation below. The bar is buzzing non-stop as some of the best-looking cocktails are being mixed, shaken and stirred.
Newly opened, Kathy (me), Sarah (our staff writer) and Steven (Sarah’s husband) visited last week on one of their first nights. Excellent and friendly waitstaff were knowledgeable about the menu. We tried a number of things… starting with Mandoo (Korean Fried Dumplings) that were really wonderful delightful bites (crunchy pillows with a savory filling). I was tempted by the Korean Tacos and the Bulgogi (Philly steak sandwich with truffle fries) – decided to save these for a future visit – and went full-out Korean with the Bibimbap (loved the name ). This colorful collage of veggies and seafood (calamari and octopus) with sauteed mushrooms, spinach, carrots and pickled radish was served over white rice with a red pepper paste on the side. So many tastes and textures had my buds doing the happy dance.
Sarah had the Japchae Noodles with Veggies and she loved it. The noodles are made from sweet potatoes and have a unique translucence. A nice selection of sauteed vegetables truly complement the noodles. Steven tried the Korean Braised Beef Short Ribs and enjoyed the tender-as-can-be beef as it fell from the ribs. Served with rice and vegetables with a tasty soy sesame sauce.
You have to try the Hooteok Ice Cream for dessert! This chewy Korean pancake that is more like a large soft cookie is filled with brown sugar and cinnamon and topped with vanilla ice cream… it’s big, so plenty to share!
Drinks? Sapporo Japanese beer (on tap) for me and Steven while Sarah tried the Tito’s Macha Mule (Tito’s, Macha Tea Green Syrup, Owens Ginger Beer). Relaxed and refreshed we were.
You really should get down to 929 Kitchen & Bar and enjoy Korean in Columbia…. you’ll love it!