by Ashley Heil
Last week my friends and I just happened to be in the Anam area and we stumbled across this Vietnamese restaurant, Quan Bui. We decided to give it a try because it had Bún chả on the menu, which my boyfriend and I haven't seen much on other Vietnamese restaurant menus in Seoul. They also serve Pho Bo for 7,000 won, but we went with the Bún chả for 9,000 won. Now we are by no means Bún chả experts, I've only ever had it one other time in Hanoi, but it was awesome. The dish is served with grilled fatty pork with a nutty topping, a heaping amount of rice noodles, onions and fresh herbs on the side. At Quan Bui, they served the dipping sauce on the side, so you can dip any combination and amount of the noodles and meat and herbs into it as you'd like. Everything tasted so fresh and delicious, and I felt very satisfied by the end of the meal, despite it looking like a small amount of meat at first. I'd love to come back here to try the Pho as well. I'd love to continue trying Bún chả in Seoul, but if you are near Anam, it's definitely worth checking out. It's very easy to get to as well.
Directions: Anam station, line 6.
Take exit 2. Turn left on 인촌로 27길 (It should be the first road you see)
Keep walking about 5 minutes and it'll be on your right.
by Michael Jones
The King of Pork
Seoraegol Ddukbaegi-jip (서래골뚝배기) has been in business since 1962 and serves mouthwatering Jeyuk Bokkeum. This dish of thinly sliced pork is marinated
in a thick and spicy chili paste and stir-fried, but at this restaurant the meat tastes chargrilled
and the slightly spicy sauce complements the fattiness of the meat. For 16,000 won you
receive enough Jeyuk Bokkeum for two people, delicious side dishes, and you also get to
choose a complimentary stew. We usually order the Kimchi Jjigae. The broth is tangy, spicy,
and filled with tofu and slices of pork. The restaurant is definitely worth the trip. Seoraegol Ddukbaegi-jip
serves our favorite Jeyuk Bokkeum in Seoul. The owner is friendly, the service is fast, and the
food is fantastic.
Near the 삼호가든 bus stop (bus lines 3012, 6020, or 서초10)
OR walk from Express bus terminal, exit 3. Walk to the big intersection then take a right.
The restaurant is in a basement. Please refer to the korean address.
서울 서초구 고무래로 22 쌍동빌딩 서관 지하1층
Update, September 2016:
Look at the map below to find out where my favorite restaurants and cafes in Seoul are. Please click on the "pins" to find the link to the food review.
Note: While the locations of the "pins" on the map are close to the actual location, some of the pins might not be 100% correct. Therefore, please refer to the directions in the actual post.
Red pin: Mexican food
Blue pin: American food
Green pin: Non Korean Asian (Thai, Chinese) food
Coffee cup: Cafes/coffee
Yellow: Other restaurants
Fork and Knife: Korean Restaurants
Hamburger symbol: Hamburgers and Sandwiches
Pizza symbol: Hmm, I wonder?
by Ashley Heil
Last month I had the privilege of dining at La Marmite, a fabulous new french restaurant located in Haebangchon (HBC). I also had the pleasure of publishing my article in Groove magazine, my first ever magazine article! But anyway, my boyfriend and I both dined here, and couldn't praise La Marmite's food more. While I am certainly no french food restaurant, being a foodie I know good food when it's in front of me. The food was amazing. The chefs patiently explained every dish and you could really see the passion they had for french food. I would love to go back to this restaurant on a date or for brunch. While I have not had brunch here yet, I heard their fried chicken and pancakes is amazing. For dinner, they serve a 4-course delicious meal at only 35,000 won. This is an amazing price for the quality of food here. Anyway, check out my article in Groove Magazine for the full review, and to see the yummy food pics by the photographer Hannah Green. Enjoy!
Directions: Noksapyeong station, exit 2. Walk along the road until the road veers to the left. Walk past the kimchi pots and keep walking until you see Bonny's Pizza on the left hand side. Turn left on the road right at the corner of Bonny's Pizza. La Marmite will be on the left.
Recommended dishes: pepper duck breast w/ polenta, halibut w/ prawn head risotto, tagliatelle emiliano
Drinks: French wine by the glass KRW 6,000. French wine by the bottle KRW 27,000-45,000
Address: Seoul, Yongsan-dong 2 ga Haebangcheon, 5-767
Hours: Daily 6pm-11:30pm. Weekends: 10am-2:30pm, 6pm-11:30pm. Tuesdays closed
We're just a couple addicted to great food. We love Anthony Bourdain!