2431 18th Street, NW
“BUL, meaning “fire” in Korean, is Washington DC’s first pojangmacha. Located in the heart of Adams Morgan, BUL serves Asian comfort foods reminiscent of the streets of Korea. Specializing in fire-grilled skewers and traditional favorites like Busan Odeng Tang (BUL’s Hangover Soup), the menu also includes innovative signature dishes like K-Pork Fried Rice, in which savory premium Berkshire pork belly chashu is paired with tangy roasted kimchi made by real Korean grandmothers (our own).
BUL’s décor and interior design reflect the delicate balance of the Far East: the tranquility of its verdant landscapes and the bustling creativity of its urban centers. In this open atmosphere, we gather to share our stories and consume our blessings around a fire… We are BUL.
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday – Thursday: 5:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Friday: 4:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Saturday: 11:30 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Sunday: 11:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
BUL’s menu features dishes in the style of the Korean pojangmacha. Pojangmacha, which literally translates to “covered wagon” in Korean, typically refers to tented restaurants on wheels or stalls selling a variety of popular street foods paired with alcohol. BUL’s colorful and diverse menu items pay homage to the best of our fond and shared childhood memories.
In 2012, BUL owners Jay Park and Jonathan Cho opened their first restaurant, Sakuramen, in Adams Morgan. Just like Sakuramen, BUL offers the best in Asian comfort foods, both traditional and re-imagined, in a relaxed and intimate setting.
BUL’s non-alcoholic beverage menu includes three seasonal flavors of Craft Kombucha, DC’s neighborhood kombucha brewery, whose exceptional fermented tea blend is inspired by craft beer and served on tap. These unique brews are made exclusively with a mildly flavored green tea and never use artificial ingredients.
BUL’s alcoholic beverage menu will debut in early 2015 (late January/early February) and will feature Asian spirits, including original handcrafted cocktails, sake, soju and magkeolli by the bottle and by the glass, as well as draft beers.
Skewers: Prices range from $2 to $4. Guests can also enjoy three different types of “Grill Master Sets”, an assortment of our Grill Master’s favorite kochi/yakitori combinations (including meat and vegetarian options) for $11 to $14.
Other menu items include salads, soups, anju and entrées, and specialty Korean rice bowls. For the anju, which refers to Korean foods consumed with alcohol, prices range from $3 to $25. BUL’s special homemade kimchi is served cold in a trio set that includes cabbage, pickled radish and cucumber for $3 and roasted kimchi as a side for $2.
The house specialty is Korean-style rice bowls, all priced around $10, with a vegan option, “Shroom Lovers”, and what we believe is the world’s best rice bowl for carnivores: “K-Pork Fried Rice”.
For dessert, our taiyaki is a rare treat consisting of tiny fish-shaped waffles filled with red bean served with vanilla ice cream for $5.
70-seat dining room on two levels. The restaurant also features a small bar, which can accommodate up to eight seated guests.
A small stage and 60” flat screen TV make BUL an ideal space for private and special events, ranging from intimate acoustic concerts to speaking engagements, wedding parties and family gatherings. From the second floor mezzanine, “The Nest @ BUL”, there is a clear vantage point to the stage and lower level dining.”
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photo by Mark Andre “Dear PoPville, On Saturday, June 25 at approximately 10:15am at the National Arboretum off New York Avenue.