When chefs Rachel Yang and Seif Chirchi left Coupage in May, citing “professional differences,” they reminded us they weren’t leaving Seattle. On Saturday, Yang and Chirchi’s small new restaurant, Joule, opens in Wallingford, just down the street from Tilth.
When I spoke with Yang this afternoon, she talked up Joule’s menu. She wants food to be a more fun, tactile experience than it was at her last gig. We'll see similar French and Korean influences, but with what she calls "stronger, bolder, deeper flavors." She says Joule (named after the energy unit, for those who were stoned in 11th grade chemistry) will have a much younger, more casual atmosphere than Coupage, and hopes Joule’s food will be a hands-on experience – you’ll pick the bones out of whole grilled branzino yourself, and gussy it up with a DIY assortment of pickles and new takes on kimchee. Also keep your eyes open for more creative game cuts, like bison hangar steak and wild boar bacon.