Last year Fremont welcomed Revel to the neighborhood, a higher class Korean fusion restaurant that has been a crowd pleasure since the beginning. Thursday nights through Saturday you would be smart to make a reservation, but if you’re wanting food like Revel but want to avoid the crowds and wait, head to Revel’s older sister, Quoin for an equally pleasing experience.
Happy hour at Quoin’s is a must as the restaurant is typically not too hard to get into and the selection and diversity of small plates is sure to fill you up. Small bites hover around four to five dollars and include pickled snacks, different charcuterie fusions, olives, and a salty Chinese style sausage. Also, the spicy and sour shrimp served with a tomatillo terrine is terrific or the country pate dished with green curry and pickled ginger is an excellent choice as well. Ask your server to throw in a bowl or two of rice (if you’re bringing a friend), order a few cocktails, and you have a decent and delicious meal at about ten dollars.
Seattle is quickly becoming the happy hour mecca. Any restaurant in this day and age has to have a decent happy hour and offer some unique small bites if they want to compete with the rest. Quoin’s is such a restaurant. I recommend making a reservation at Revel and experiencing the unique atmosphere and delicious entrees. However, if small bites and a decent happy hour are what you’re looking for, then head to Quoin’s instead where they offer similar fusion plates without the wait.