Family-owned restaurant Miso offers up Korean, Japanese cuisines in Round Rock

From left: Okhwan Han serves as co-owner; Hyukki Soon, as manager; and Youngho Soon, as co-owner of Miso. (Taylor Jackson Buchanan/Community Impact Newspaper)
From left: Okhwan Han serves as co-owner; Hyukki Soon, as manager; and Youngho Soon, as co-owner of Miso. (Taylor Jackson Buchanan/Community Impact Newspaper)

From left: Okhwan Han serves as co-owner; Hyukki Soon, as manager; and Youngho Soon, as co-owner of Miso. (Taylor Jackson Buchanan/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Beef bulgogi is a Korean dish composed of stir-fried beef and vegetables served with white rice. (Taylor Jackson Buchanan/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The restaurant's full sushi bar includes a selection of sashimi, nigiri and sushi rolls. (Taylor Jackson Buchanan/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The Miso roll includes shrimp tempura, tuna, salmon, avocado and cucumber. (Taylor Jackson Buchanan/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Mandoo is a pan-fried Korean dumpling served with a soy-based dipping sauce. (Taylor Jackson Buchanan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Working the lunch crowd on a recent Monday, manager Hyukki Soon seats customers and waits tables alongside his staff at Miso, a Korean and Japanese restaurant in Round Rock. Meanwhile, his father, Youngho Soon, prepares sashimi behind the sushi bar, and his mother, Okhwan Han, whips up Korean cuisine in the kitchen.

“We are truly a family business,” Soon said. “We want the customers to feel good, to have a good experience here. We think that’s really important, that they are happy with the food and the service.”

The family first opened the restaurant in July 2017 with a purely Korean menu, Soon said. Over time, they began incorporating Japanese entrees and now offer a full sushi bar as well.

Customer favorites include Korean entrees, such as beef bulgogi—stir-fried beef and vegetables served with white rice. Bestselling sushi rolls include the Miso, with shrimp tempura, tuna, salmon, avocado and cucumber; and Fire in the Hole, with spicy tuna, salmon, red snapper, cream cheese, avocado and spicy ponzu sauce.

“We attract different kinds of customers,” Soon said. “Some people come for the Korean food. Some customers get excited about our full sushi bar. There is something for everyone here.”


The name of the restaurant is a nod to the types of cuisine served as well as to the family’s desire to ensure customer satisfaction, Soon said.

“Miso soup is a traditional Japanese soup, and our customers often think about this connection when they see our restaurant’s name,” he said. “Also, it’s a little bit of a pun because [‘miso’] means ‘smile’ in Korean.”

Waving goodbye to a departing patron, he added: “We work hard to make sure everyone leaves with a smile.”

Miso

2400 S. I-35, Ste. 150, Round Rock

512-465-2754

www.misoroundrock.com

Hours: Mon.-Sat. 11 a.m.-10 p.m., closed Sun.
By Taylor Jackson Buchanan
Taylor Buchanan joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2018 after completing a master of journalism degree from the University of Texas. She worked as the senior reporter for Community Impact's Southwest Austin edition and is now the editor for the company's flagship Round Rock/Pflugerville/Hutto edition.


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