20789 Great Falls Plaza, #176
Sterling, VA 20165
CUISINE Cajun/Creole, Korean, Fusion
PRICE $$ ($13-$20)
HOURS Open for dinner daily.
NVM AWARDS Best New Restaurant 2011
Best Restaurant 2011
Best Restaurant 2012
NEARBY METRO None
SPECIAL FEATURESAccepts Credit Cards
By Warren Rojas
The next time a dining pal asks if there’s anything new worth checking out, tell’em they’ve just got to try Korjun … Cajean?
Just ferry them over to Mokomandy and let chef Daniel Stevens broaden your gustatory horizons.
The stylish upstart pays homage to the competing, but also curiously complementary, cuisines—daddy is Korean, mom a Southern belle—founder Thaddeus Kim experienced around the family dinner table.
Mind you, they don’t just throw kimchi on everything and call it a day. But cross-pollination is not entirely verboten.
Deviled eggs are fiercely mousse-y/mustard-y. But make no mistake: These beauties are really just another delivery vehicle for lusty bacon.
Seared scallops lead a knife-and-fork assault featuring house-made English muffins fried in pepper jelly butter, hot house tomato slices (ravishing) and lemon-y oil excised from the signature remoulade.
Spires of dried pork reach skyward from a bowl of fiery jambalaya stoked by smoky Andouille sausage, cayenne-laced grains of rice and saucy peppers.
Fried egg and house-made kimchi, which is plenty pungent but could certainly stand to be hotter, join wild boar in a good-to-the-very-bottom rice bowl.