San-Su joins the long list of ethnic restaurants on the Northwest Side.

Add San-Su to the list of ethnic restaurants on the Northwest Side.

The Korean barbecue opens Sunday at 1138 Bethel Road next to the Refectory.

San-Su, meaning mountain water, offers something that can be found in few central Ohio restaurants: natural-gas grills embedded in each granite table, where customers can cook their raw meat tableside.

"I think it's more cozy," said owner Yun Hui "Yumi" Wada, who added that it's a fun and interactive way to eat.

Diners can choose from a wide array of choices, including the popular kalbi (thinly sliced ribeye) and bulgogi (short ribs), plus shrimp, scallops, lobster, chicken and pork. Most selections will take one to five minutes to prepare, depending on the desired doneness, said Wada, also the owner of two Genji Japanese steakhouses in town. Vegetarians can opt for a vegetable platter cooked in the kitchen but kept warm at the table.

In addition, there will be other prepared Korean dishes, such as bibimbap and japchae. Traditional sides, such as kimchi, tofu and fish cakes, will be served with entrees.

Like most Korean restaurants in town, sushi will be part of the lineup. Wada has hired Kim Dong Ku, formerly of Restaurant Hama, as the sushi chef. Her sister, Yuni Cha Pae, who owned a restaurant in Korea, also will be part of the kitchen staff. A third chef from California will be added this week.

The interior offers a mix of booths and tables, neutral tones balanced by dark wood and some Korean appointments.

The popularity of Korean food has grown in recent years. In Northwest Columbus, there's Restaurant Silla, Kaya and Min-Ga. Add to that Tea Zone Bakery & Caf and Spring of China, also known as Pung Mei, which feature several Korean dishes.

Wada said Americans are coming around to the bold flavors of Korean food and its healthful aspects.

"Americans now, not like before, they're open" to trying it, she said.

Most lunch prices will be $7.95 to $8.95 and dinners, $9.95 to $24.95.

San-Su will be open for lunch and dinner daily. For more information, call 614-273-0188.

An April 1 opening is planned for central Ohio's second Matt the Miller's, which will take over 4,500 square feet of space on restaurant-rich Grandview Avenue.

The casual, American restaurant will be part of a 40,000-square-foot mixed-use development that will replace a building lost in a fire in January 2009. Matt the Miller's and Z Cucina will bookend the new row of storefronts.

Craig Barnum, who founded the original Matt the Miller's in Dublin, said the Grandview Avenue storefront will maintain the same menu and pricing structure. It will be open daily for lunch and dinner.
There are a couple of noticeable differences between the two stores. For starters, the bar will be bigger and offer 24 beers on tap. Another is the interior "patio," where the inside and outside will be separated by a retractable wall, a la Marcella's and Smith & Wollensky.

Matt the Miller's will join Figlio, Trattoria Roma, Spagio, Grandview Caf, Mazah and Aladdin's Eatery - among others - along the strip. Barnum said off-site parking arrangements have been secured in the area and his new restaurant will have valet services.

The first of three new Las Margaritas will open in 60 days in the new Giant Eagle center on Stelzer Road, just south of Easton. The second is planned for the Kingsdale shopping center in Upper Arlington, said Bill Dargusch of Metropolitan Partners, a local development company that bought the local Mexican chain out of receivership in January. A site for the third location has not been announced.