As you can see - I had lots of...
As you can see - I had lots of Kalbi in Korea! We we drawn in my the lovely host! She was very funny and gave us lots of free extras.
This outdoor restaurant is just the corner of an alley by day and a swanky eatery at night, complete with Christmas lights and a two-man band. It was all locals.
Favorite Dish: Kalbi!!
I strongly recommend'La...
I strongly recommend'La Volpaia', Italian Restaurant. Many kinds of original Italian pizzas and pastas. I think Volpaia's Italian food is the best in Seoul~!!! You don't miss it!! :)
This restaurant is near the ChungDam crossroads.
Walk 3~5 mins to Gelleria Department store from ChugDam crossroads, you can find a PRADA Shop. Right near the shop, there is an alley. On the left the second house down that alley is 'La Volpaia'.
Located on the way to Beomeo Temple, which is the most famous and representative temple of Busan. Shabu shabu is the main dish of the shop. Korean traditional antique atmosphere with blue tile decorations and clean and elegant interior design attract people. Moreover, kind service of employees makes customers feel comfortable and pleased. Sliced beef and vegetables are served with boiling broth and customers dip these in the broth and boil it a little time and eat it. This is Shabshab. It is a high-protein and low-calorie food and is known as a good nurturing dish for old people and children in their growing period. The broth is the key element for the nice taste of the dish as well as the freshness of the meat. Gyeonghigung is quite proud of their own unique recipe. They use seasoned and dried skipjack tuna slices and 10 different kinds of seaweeds including tangle. It is very tasty and the delicious smell stimulates the appetite.
Babybeary's Restaurant Tip
Favorite Dish: To name a few..... Ginseng Chicken with stuffed glutinous rice.
Porridge with grilled fish. (I ate this in a small shop for breakfast. Superb)
Tibits in Korea is very nice and cute. I like the almond sweet. :9
I was let down by the...
I was let down by the restaurants I patronized in Seoul. The best tradional food (and the best prices) were to be found in various markets. The food stalls even have places to sit down while enjoying your meal.
When you visit Insadong, don´t...
When you visit Insadong, don´t forget to visit a traditional tea house. There are many tea houses there and and it is part of traditional Korea.
Favorite Dish: Try their teas! They have a good selection for every season of the year. The waiters will help you to select the right tea.
I can´t say my favorite...
I can´t say my favorite restaurant in Seoul, because there are so many good ones ...
When I visited KBS (the korean broadcasting system) the german section of Radio Korea International (it is the overseas service of KBS) invited me into a restaurant which is located next to KBS. We ate Bulgugi and noodles with chili souce. It was delicious.
When you want excellent food, good atmosphere and a panoramic view to Downtown Seoul I would recommend you to go to the restaurant 'Top cloud', which is located in the top of 'Millenium building'. Its the tax office in Seoul. I was there at the sunset.
As I said, the restaurants offers a good view to Seoul, specially in the evening and night. It offers music played live (piano and cello).
Favorite Dish: I had a selmon salad.
j-san's Restaurant Tip
Watch the boy pull and twist and fold and wind and pull etc. the honey/malt blob into 16,000 strands! Most entertaining, especially listening to his showman-like Japanese narrative.
Favorite Dish: kkul-tarea: a sweet made with 16,000strands of honey. Not too sweet actually.
j-san's Restaurant Tip
The Golden Arches... in any language. Aside from these, there is every sort of American fast-food junk restaurant you could possibly want. (If you want!). There is a US base right in the HEART of Seoul afterall!
I don't know if I have a...
I don't know if I have a favorite restaurant as each time I was in Korea I hung out in different parts of of Seoul--and as it is constantly changing as many of the places I frequented no longer exist upon my next return. That aside, many American fast food restaurants remain in operation... McDonald's, Burger King, KFC, Wendy's, Starbucks, Bennigan's, Baskin-Robbins--just to name a few. For variety, walk into any major department store and go to the bottom (basement) level. You will step into a food frenetic mood, as there is a large supermarket and plenty of fast food counters, bakeries, etc., where you can grab a quick and cheap bite. Each neighborhood in Seoul has some staples--a drinking establishment, a cafe, restaurants, and noraebang (Korean equivalent to Japanese karaoke, except you have your own private room). Various parts of Seoul: SHINCHON/E-DAE(area between Yonsei and Ehwa Women's Universities) - have many cheap places to eat, as they cater to students. HONGDAE (Hong-ik University) have many 'po-jang-ma-chas' (street side tents selling different kinds of foods). These 'po-jang-ma-chas' exist in all other parts of Seoul... there are strings of them in 'Chong-no' (downtown) and near the large outdoor markets (Namdaemun & Dongdaemun). Near downtown is Myung-dong (fashion area in Seoul) which has some restaurants and INSADONG, the artsy part of Seoul which has undergone renovation--some for the better (for tourists) but mostly for the worst, as many of the great establishments have changed or no longer exist. To the east is Daehakno, University Street, which is split by a street. On one side is the costlier establishments, nicer furniture, etc. The other, tons of cheap places to eat and drink. These establishments are all in Northern Seoul (separated from the Southern part by the Han River). In Southern Seoul, there is Kangnam, which is an expensive part of town, with as many places to eat and drink and whatever else is your pleasure. Anyway, this is just a sampling of places to eat.
Favorite Dish: Favorite items huh? Hmmmnh... my personal favorite is Korean stew ('jjigae'). There are many types--kimchi, bean paste, soft tofu, etc. Korean food is different from Chinese and Japanese cuisine. For some, it can be spicy, salty, and have an extra kick. Typical Korean restaurants serve side dishes along with the main meal. For meat lovers, try 'bulgogi' or 'kalbi.' Both are cooked (and sometimes BBQ'd) meat. As Korea is a peninsula, there is a wide selection of fish, although it tends to be more expensive. For vegetarians, it may be difficult as meat based MSG, stock or other base may be included in some dishes.
kgurl's Restaurant Tip
Favorite Dish: You can experience the taste of Korea in one meal if you try hanjeongsik, a set meal that includes rice and various side dishes. Those side dishes usually consist of two types of soup, 10 types of special side dishes, and five types of vegetables and fish. There are two basic types of hanjeongsik: gungjungsik, or court style cuisine and gajeongsik baekban, or down-home style cuisine.
kgurl's Restaurant Tip
Favorite Dish: Bibimbap is assorted vegetables and various other ingredients on boiled rice: meat, diverse cooked and seasoned vegetables, and a sunny-side up egg, with red pepper paste sauce in a corner of the rice bowl. Mix everything together in the bowl and season with an amount of sauce to your taste. Today, many people prefer adding fresh vegetables to bibimbap, but traditionally only cooked food was used, except sometimes for strips of raw beef. It is said that bibimbap describes well a major characteristic of Korean dishes, the combination of a variety of ingredients, especially vegetables, to make a satisfying and nutritious meal.
I can't remember the name of...
I can't remember the name of the restaurants that I dined in,but the most famous dish of Korea is known to be the GINSENG CHICKEN.It's a small whole chicken cooked in ginseng(A chinese hrb) soup and the chicken is stuffed with glutinous rice.It's usually eaten with noodles too.
It is hard to name one...
It is hard to name one restaurant of my favorite. It depends on my mood. When I feel like having a Korean restaurant, it is depend on which area I would like to go.
However, if I am a tourist and I don't have much time to spare in Seoul, I would go to Insa-dong area for that. Because in there you can eat as well as you can do the window shopping.
Or you can try Sokparang in Segum-jung. This place is located in the entrance of Sangmyung University and it took about 15 minutes from Kwanghwa-mun (city center) by cab. Cab will cost you about 3,500 won. Please refer the picture.
This restaurant is located in the summer palace for Hungson-Daewon-Gun (King). So, you can have a look at what kind of building style noble society had in Chosun Dynasty. (You can taste a little bit in the photo located in the bottom)
Favorite Dish: If you are in Korea, I would like to recomment to have Bulgogi (Marinated beef), Bibimbab (steamed rice mixed with many vegitables) and Kimchi (This is the favorite side dish of Korea. It has so many variety but it's all nice if you can bear some hot food generally - there is white Kimchi as well which is not hot at all)
At Sokparang, it is all the set course menu starting from 28,000 won to 65,000. All food is traditional court food. I am sure that you can try many famous dishes of Korea. But I don't think that you can taste Bibimbab in the course meal. You can try that some other places. [If you are flying with Korean Air, then try Bibimbab for the meal. It is very excellent compare to other plastic food!=)] Generally, I think it's worth to try once the court course meal when you are in here.
Street Vendors In most of...
In most of the places, you will find a lot of street vendors selling many things including snacks, dolls, cassettes, etc. And if you are adventurous, try to eat some vendor food! It is great!!!
Favorite Dish: Most famous snacks must be Ddukbokggi, which is the rice cake cooked in chilly paste with sometimes fish cakes. It is very hot but very tasty!
Famous items for Winter time is 'Bungeo-Bbang' which is the bread shaped in goldfish and has steamed redbean inside. O-deng is good too. It is the fish cake and especially hot soup is good at chilly Winter night!
Surely besides this, you can find so many eateries such as dried cuttle fish, fried sweet potato stripes, hotdogs... Ymmmm. it's yummy. I will try to take pictures of those food as soon as I can...
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