Bar Marcel is a European-inspired restaurant located in Charlotte's SouthPark neighborhood. They are open for lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Currently, they are only open for dinner on Sunday. Their lunch and dinner menus overlap some of the pastas and plates offered. Bar Marcel features a full bar serving beer, liquor, wine by the glass, and a bottled wine list.
Ashley and I went for dinner with family and friends to Bar Marcel during Queen's Feast. We ordered items featured on the special menu that were also found on the regular menu. On the stuzzichini dinner menu, we tried the Beet & Burrata Salad, Crispy Brussels Sprouts, Wagyu Beef Carpaccio, and Charcuterie Board. All three choices were delightful. Our group collectively chose the Beet & Burrata Salad and Crispy Brussels Sprouts as the top choices.
For the main course, we ordered a few different dishes. I ordered the Tagliatelle featuring shrimp, capers, kale, brodo, cured lemon and chive. It was very good pasta dish that I would order again. My wife ordered the Agnolotti with truffled potato, braised rabbit, brussels leaves, carrot, gouda, almond, and garlic butter. She enjoyed her dish, but thought the Tagliatelle was a better pasta choice. Other individuals in our group ordered the Seared Salmon and Grilled Pork Tenderloin. They enjoyed their entrees and would order them again in the future.
As for alcoholic beverages, we ordered cocktails and a bottle of Spanish wine. The cocktails were well-crafted and enjoyable. While I also enjoyed our choice of wine, I found their bottle prices somewhat expensive. We had a hard time deciding on a bottle that was reasonably priced and not featured as a wine by the glass. Overall, everyone had a wonderful experience and enjoyed their meals. We all agreed that Bar Marcel was worth the trip. I would recommend Bar Marcel for an intimate dinner with a partner, spouse, couple, or to celebrate a special occasion.
Seoul Food Meat Co. is a BBQ restaurant with Korean inspired cuisine. The restaurant is located in Charlotte's Southend neighborhood near the Wooden Robot Brewery. Walking into Seoul Food, you may notice televisions playing K-pop (Korean Pop) music videos. While Seoul Food has a full bar and table seating for customers, they also offer karaoke rooms to rent by the hour. There are four different themed karaoke rooms that can hold anywhere from 7 to 30 people. For my birthday this year, Ashley rented the Rock Star room that will hold close to 30 individuals. Charlotte Five published an article that has more specific information about each karaoke room available.
The Rock Star room at Seoul Food contains a karaoke machine with two microphones. The software on the system is Korean based. You can change the language to English (your room server should do this for you). Songs are found via a large code book or by searching the system with a remote control. You can play songs instantly or queue them for later. While not all songs we searched were in the system, there are plenty available to enjoy singing for hours.
The room also contains three televisions where song lyrics are displayed along with various Korean music videos. While the videos did not match up well with songs we selected, they were entertaining and interesting to watch. I liked having multiple televisions because anyone could sing while sitting in their seat or at the stage.
If you are interested in renting a room, I recommend calling to reserve one in advance. Seoul Food does not require a deposit, but they will let your room go if you are late for the scheduled time. Once a room is reserved, you can stay in it as long as you want. I also recommend not inviting more people that the room occupancy. We had about 23 people in the Rock Star room with a maximum occupancy of 27. The room was very crowded with over 20 people. There is a form that must be signed outlining the terms and conditions for renting a karaoke room. One point worth mentioning is that your server will charge a mandatory gratuity on top of the room rental price. When we received the bill for our rental, this policy added $63.00 in additional gratuity to the bill.
Beyond the additional gratuity charge, we had an amazing time at Seoul Food. Everyone in attendance agreed that they would do it again for a birthday or special occasion. Their meat platters and wings were excellent choices and easier to share among the group. Our server did a wonderful job keeping track of separate orders and billing. I recommend the karaoke experience at Seoul Food for anyone interested in singing the night away.
Yume Sushi Ramen & Bar is located in Charlotte's South End neighborhood at 1508 S Mint Street. The restaurant location opened in August, 2018. Yume offers Japanese style ramen, sushi, and street food options. You can visit Yume for lunch and dinner, except on Tuesdays. There is a full service bar, table seating, and additional seats at the sushi counter. Specials are available on drinks and food during happy hour and late night dining.
Ashley and I went to Yume to try their sushi rolls and Japanese street food options. During a previous trip to Japan, one of our favorite street foods was takoyaki. The takoyaki dish at Yume was equally great to what you can find in Osaka, Japan. In fact, I believe Yume uses better ingredients than what we ate in Osaka. Next time I visit Yume, I would like to try the karaage and saba tatsuta-age. Outside of street food, there are other appetizers I have enjoyed at Yume. I recommend trying the gyoza, Yume tuna tower, and tempura shrimp.
When ordering sushi, we try to choose more traditional styled rolls. The Sakura roll (front in photo) with salmon and tuna stood out to us as a winner. I particularly enjoy tobiko on top of my rolls as well. We tried the Mystery roll (top left in photo) which was a combination of eel, tuna, and cream cheese. My personal favorite was the Hoshi roll featuring soft shell crab, eel, crab salad, and avocado (middle of photo). This was the best soft shell crab roll I have eaten in Charlotte, NC. I recommend trying Yume for sushi if you have not done so already.
Our dining experience covered only a small sampling of the food options at Yume. I have not had an opportunity to try their ramen, katsu don, or Japanese curry dishes. Ashley and I are looking forward to trying more dishes while reminiscing about past trips to Japan. If you enjoy multiple varieties of Japanese cuisine, you should give Yume a try.