Magpie and the Tiger’s jjajangmyeon (noodles with black bean sauce). Photograph courtesy Magpie and the Tiger.
Chef Kevin Tien made a national name for himself in the tiny Japanese-inflected kitchen of Himitsu. A couple years after his departure and the restaurant’s subsequent closure, he’s reclaimed keys to the exact same Petworth space with friend, colleague, and fellow chef Caleb Jang to open a Korean-inspired restaurant called Magpie and the Tiger. After quietly launching last week with fried-chicken sandwiches from Tien’s other business, Hot Lola’s, the new spot will debut its own takeout-only, family-style set menu beginning Wednesday, January 12.
Tien and Jang first met seven years ago while working the back line at (now-closed) Momofuku CCDC in CityCenterDC. Jang continued to be Tien’s right-hand man at Himitsu, where he was responsible for many of the dishes. He then followed Tien to Emilie’s in Capitol Hill, followed by