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Yona, the noodle bar and small plates restaurant from chefs Jonah Kim and Mike Isabella, won’t open in Ballston until early summer. But you can get a taste of Kim’s ramen and pork jowl steamed buns from March 4 through the 28th at G, Isabella’s 14th Street NW sandwich shop and Italian restaurant.
Kim, a former chef at now-closed Baltimore izakaya Pabu who co-hosts Mandu‘s monthly guest chef series, Anju, will take over the kitchen at G Wednesdays through Saturdays from 6 to 10 p.m. His a la menu (see below) will include three varieties of ramen, including one vegetarian option, Korean beef tartare, smoke himachi, and other Korean-Japanese dishes. Japanese beer, sake, and whiskies will be available alongside cocktails with fermented juice and other Asian-inspired ingredients. To make a reservation, call (202) 234-5015.
In addition, Kim will host cooking classes at G on March 9 and 10 demonstrating how to make things like dashi and steamed egg custard. The class is part of a monthly series where chefs from Isabella’s other restaurants teach diners how to cook different types of cuisines. Tickets are $75 per person and can be purchased on G’s website.
Here’s the full pop-up menu:
Miso Porky, $14 Rich pork broth with miso tare, chashu, kikurage, kimchi, negi, corn, nori, soft egg
Tonkotsu-Shoyu Tare, $14 chashu, menma, benishoga, negi, sesame seeds, nori, soft egg
Veggie, $12 Soy milk-veggie broth, bean sprouts, pea sprouts, corn, snow peas, eringi mushroom, black garlic oil
Chilled Fresh Tofu, $8 Dashi, asian pear, nameko mushroom, yamaimo, scallions
“Kinpira,” $6 Soy-braised salsify, carrot, gochugaru, sesame
Apples & Radishes, $7 Roasted sesame miso butter
Smoked Hamachi, $14 Chojang, onion, perilla leaf, tobiko
Crispy Brussel Sprouts, $8 Fermented chili kewpie, yuzu, rice pearls
Yook Hwe, $14 Korean beef tartare, traditional and non-traditional flavors, gem lettuce
Ja-jang Rice, $18 Squid a la plancha, pork belly, onion, black bean paste, pickled daikon
Steamed Buns, $9 Pork jowl, ssam jang, iceberg
Eggy Chawanmushi, $12 Hard-boiled egg, uni, ikura, caviar, chives
Dry-Fried Wings, $9 Fresh chilies, maltose, aged rice vinegar
Steamed King Crab, $19 Spicy crab broth, fish flakes, braised daikon, chrysanthemum leaves
CORRECTION: This story initially stated that the pop-up begins on March 2. It actually begins March 4.
Photo of Jonah Kim by Greg Powers