39-41 St Nicholas Street, Bristol, BS1 1TP
Having opened less than two years ago on St Nicholas Street, Bristol, you could be forgiven if you’ve yet to check out Dangun, a casual modern Asian restaurant serving up authentic Korean and Thai cuisine as well as a fantastic selection of modern fusion dishes, but if you’re a foodie or consider yourself a fan of pan-Asian cuisine and you continue to overlook this rare gem of a restaurant, you truly only have yourself to blame.
Just a short stroll from Bristol’s vibrant harbourside, Dangun’s exceptional food offering is well suited to satisfy Bristol’s many foodies that have come to expect only the very best from a city that demands its new restaurants bring something special in order to compete. Boasting an array of bold and brilliant Asian dishes, including plenty of vegan and gluten-free options, it’s no surprise that despite having only been on the scene since 2018, Dangun has already risen above the rest to become one of Bristol’s most popular restaurants among local foodies.
After admiring Dangun’s charming painted windows, step inside and be met with an understated but stylish interior that makes the perfect setting in which to enjoy exquisitely presented and flavoursome Korean and Thai cuisine. Clean white walls and wooden floors are all you need when the food is as exciting and colourful as this.
If you’d like to sample the wide range of tastes and flavours Dangun has to offer – and after perusing the mouth-watering menu we have no doubt you will – we recommend ordering a selection of side dishes. Treat your tastebubs to a tempting table full of plates like dumplings served with tonkatsu and spring onions – filled with either chicken, or vegetables and tofu – the bulgogi, a beautifully tender dish of marinated stir-fried beef with kimchi, and the delightfully crispy, fan favourite Korean fried chicken served with Asian-style coleslaw and peanuts. You can even add a sweet and spicy glaze to the chicken if you’re craving a bit of a kick. Vegans, vegetarians, and fans of great food in general will also go crazy over the Korean fried cauliflower and traditional fried rice cakes with spicy gochujang sauce.
New for this winter, if you’re craving a hearty and spicy vegan stew to warm your soul and lift your spirits, the Kimchi Jjigae made with homemade vegan kimchi and topped with tofu, sesame seeds, spring onions and a side of rice is the dish for you. Packed with that rich and deep unami flavour that makes Korean cuisine so popular, this warming winter special is only available for a limited time, so brave the cold, wind and rain and get it while you still can.
Other recent vegan additions to the menu include the very autumnal Japanese pumpkin croquettes coated in crispy Panko breadcrumbs and served with tonkatsu sauce and fresh spinach, vegan dumplings made with spinach pastry and filled with tasty veg and soy protein, and Japanese vegetable curry croquettes served with a splashing of katsu sauce and a sprinkling of aonoriko seaweed powder, perfect with a side of Dangun’s homemade mixed pickles and Korean pear juice.
Meat-eaters meanwhile will go mad over the likes of Dangun’s classic fiery Thai green curry boasting perfectly balanced spices and finished with coconut milk, carrots mange tout, coriander and Thai basil, and their famous Korean tacos filled with your choice of either grilled chicken, slow-cooked beef shin, prawns in oyster sauce, roasted squash or bulgogi beef served in a soft corn tortilla and accompanied by pickled red onion, pico de gallo and chipotle mayo.
Whether you need the perfect setting for a sociable and lively Christmas get-together or you just want to experience one of Bristol’s newest and best dining destinations, Dangun won’t disappoint.
Look out for our review of Dangun in our soon to be released Bristol Food & Drink Guide 2019. Get your FREE copy of the guide here or read a digital copy of the guide (when its released) here.