Korean restaurant new to Carmel




Looking for something different for lunch or dinner? You might check out the new Korean restaurant in Carmel - Omoni.

Omoni is a fresh, fast Korean grill. Fresh because they make use of the freshest ingredients - beef, pork, and vegetables. Fast because it is meant as a healthy alternative for people on the go (although patrons are welcome to sit back and relax for a while if they choose).

Traditional offerings are on the menu, including Korean short ribs, sweet beef, spicy pork and Korean tacos. Sides include white or purple rice, various soups, and other items. Visitors will also be given the option to create their own food experience.

Korean food does tend to be spicy, so owner Diana Dexter plans to keep traditional spices in the food. But with those with a need or desire for milder food, that will be available, too.

Diana Dexter was inspired to open the restaurant in honor of her mother who grew up in Korea and later moved to the United States. Diana and daughter Julia opened  the restaurant to share the flavor and flare Diana's mother passed down to them.  The name of the restaurant - Omoni - in fact means 'mother'. This is Diana's way to share with the Carmel community the culture and memories her mom shared with her.

Omoni will be open for lunch and dinner, Monday - Friday from 11-8, Saturday 11-9, and Sunday 11-7. You can drop in to the restaurant at 13710 N. Meridian to check out the menu and the artwork, chosen by Diana and created by Parish Cherry, a graphic design artist. Parish created sets of Hwatu cards, a Korean card game, for the walls.