A little bit of Seoul in Arlington
In the life of a neighborhood restaurant, change requires a leap of faith. Just ask the Choe family, who recently dismantled their sushi bar and put Korean cuisine front and center. Formerly Manna Sushi, their establishment is now Manna House Korean & Japanese Cuisine. While teriyaki and tempura occupy modest space on the menu, the emphasis is on authentic Korean fare. Chef SungJo Choe and his wife, SungAe Choe, opened the restaurant five years ago on a quiet side street in Arlington Center. Sushi was intended to attract customers unacquainted with Korean cuisine, but the ubiquitous Japanese favorite did not draw crowds. Earlier this year, the couple revamped the menu to showcase food of their native Seoul.