Miran

Last week my husband’s sister was in town, which gave me the chance to explore Philly once again more as a tourist and less as someone permanently locked in her apartment while she tries desperately to finish her dissertation. (I’m getting there, really I am!) Because I’ve had so much work on my hands, I really haven’t seen as much of Philly as I would like. But every time we have guests, it becomes the perfect excuse to get out of the house.

While our guests were here we walked all over Center City until our feet were sore and our tummies hungry. One of my favorite things to do, anywhere, is eat, and Philadelphia certainly does not disappoint. On their last night in town, we suggested to our guests that we try Korean. My husband and I are pretty familiar with Korean barbeque, not from personal heritage, but from a trip in 2002 to Korea (World Cup!) and several visits to Baltimore’s Korean restaurants (where we lived before coming to Philadelphia). (If you are ever in Baltimore and craving Korean, I recommend Joung Kak.)

So we walked (in the rain) to Miran (see reviews here, here, and here). It was the evening before Thanksgiving so the restaurant was virtually empty, which gave me the opportunity to take pictures without bothering anyone but the people I was with. Anyway, about the food? Delish. Amazing. I take back my recommendation about Joung Kak in Baltimore. If you are ever in Baltimore and craving Korean, you really should just keep driving until you hit Philly so that you can try Miran. We had the bulgogi which I thought was rather good, until I tried the kalbi and was blown away by how fantastic it was.

I did take pictures of the bulgogi and kalbi, but I am choosing not to post them because as tasty as the meat was, the before closeup photos of the raw meat and the after photos of the grilled meat are a little… scary. But trust me, it was really good.

So instead I’m sharing these two pictures, one of the kimchee and other little dishes that they serve before the meal, and one of the modern vents that hang from the ceiling over your table’s grill.

kimchee


Camera:     Canon EOS 350D Digital Rebel XT, Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
EXIF:     Aperture Priority, Pattern Metering, EV 0, 1/25 sec, F/5, ISO-1600, 39 mm (62 mm equivalent)

Miran


Camera:     Canon EOS 350D Digital Rebel XT, Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
EXIF:     Aperture Priority, Pattern Metering, EV 0, 1/15 sec, F/5.6, ISO-1600, 55 mm (88 mm equivalent)


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1 Comment so far

  1. Marisa (unregistered) on November 29th, 2006 @ 11:41 pm

    I love Miran. It also has the added benefit of being no more than 100 steps from my building.



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