by Ashley Heil
,Here is what we had:
1. Beef and Brie salad (20,000 won). Since coming to Korea, I've missed great salads. At first, I thought this was too expensive for a salad, but this was one of the best salads I've ever had. The salad was topped with grilled onions and asparagus, brie cheese, and beef. The tenderness of the beef mixing with the fresh vegetables, vinaigrette dressing, and the creamy brie cheese was wonderful. While everything else I had at McCoy's was really good, this salad was my favorite thing. It was a good-sized salad, but after it was gone we instantly wanted to order more. But, alas, we had other dishes coming.
2. Spatchcock chicken with 15 spices (20,000 won). I was so excited to eat this juicy-looking chicken I forgot to take a picture! The chicken was served on the bone and with your own choice of mustard. We got a garlic herb and honey mustard which tasted just like the mustard we had in Germany, and went very well with the chicken. Although, the chicken was so juicy and flavorful we didn’t need to top it with anything. The server had warned us that the chicken would be spicy, but it wasn't spicy. Despite this, it was still seasoned excellently and I had to excuse my date-manners so I could pick it up with my fingers and enjoy every piece.
3. Pork ragu pasta (20,000 won): This pasta rivals the pasta I've had at other well-known Italian restaurants in Seoul. It was hearty, creamy, filled with shredded pork, and came with a thick sauce, and delicious eggplant.
4. Apple pie (9,000 won): Personally, I'm normally not a pie person, but my boyfriend loves anything apple, so we had to order it. This apple pie is baked-to-order, served with ice-cream, and reminded me of Crème brûlée. It was sweet and a bit crunchy and the perfect size to share. It was a great way to end this delicious meal.
Of course, with a good meal, you can't forget the wine. The wine prices are as follows: House red wine: 6,000 won, House white wine: 7,000 won. I'm no means a wine connoisseur, but the wine was good and I definitely had no complaints there.
Overall, if you're looking for a nice restaurant to go on a date or to just share some high quality food with friends, McCoy's is a great place. It's definitely a new favorite for us!
1 Sinheung-ro 12gil, Yongsan gu, Seoul.
Go to Noksapyoung station, exit 2. Walk until the road veers off to the left and walk up that road, towards HBC. Walk all the way up the hill until the end of the road and you will see the sign for McCoy's straight ahead of you in the right corner.
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
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