I have been to Dabin in Lexington before but I have no memory of what I had and that's probably why I haven't been back but the name popped up in another discussion and I had a look at the lunch menu on their website and decided to try it again for lunch today. It's located on a quiet side street in Lexington center and is easy to miss.
The inside is pleasant enough with the sushi chef residing to my left in the reception area. They were quite busy at lunchtime so that gave me a good vibe about the place. In the summer they also have seating on the small outside patio.
As a single diner I got two banchan, both of them were very tasty. My neighboring table of two oriental people got three dishes and they also got moist towels after sitting down. Not too happy about that.
I ordered the Dolsot Bibim Bab which is a Bibim Bab served in a VERY hot stone bowl. It's marinated veggies served over rice with beef and topped with a fried egg. The beef, what it was of it, was fairly tough but the rest was just fine. There was some nice shiitake mushrooms in there as well. You can see the hot Korean sauce (Gochujang) that you mix in up in the right corner. Afraid of the sunny side up egg? Turn it over and it will cook, this pot is HOT.
Here it is, all mixed up and ready to eat. Why would you pay an extra dollar to get the hot stone pot? Because it goes from good to outstanding! The rice continues to cook and forms a crispy crust in the bottom that is really delicious. After eating about half of it, and most of the banchan, I was going to take the rest home but continued eating and I finished all of it. Guess I'll be back.