by Ashley Heil
I don't know what has taken us so long to write a review on Mix and Malt because it's in our top 3 favorite restaurants and one of the places that we are repeatedly amazed with. But every now and then we become surprised that there are some people that still don't know about Mix and Malt, so we figured a review was finally due. Mix and Malt is an American restaurant and bar, with a wide range of cocktails and drinks, and a full menu of delicious food that you choose from an iPad to order. The atmosphere is dim but romantic and cozy. Everything we've had there has always been amazing. Among our favorites are the lasagna (American-style, very cheesy), the mayonnaise-filled but scrumptious BLT, some of the best fish and chips you can find in Seoul, spaghetti and meatballs, bangers and mash, and an excellent chili and rice dish. Additionally we've also tried the Fish and Chips (served with malt vinegar), poutine with fresh mozzarella, and a new crab snack. Everything again was amazing. We've never had a single bad thing at Mix and Malt. Recently, they've added a French dip sandwich with cheese on top and a side of au jus (~18,000 won), made with the same roast beef that they use with on the Roast beef plate. This sandwich is so tender and delicious, and we ended up liking it even more than the Roast beef plate. It was a very hearty portion of meat as well, so I ended up being comfortably full. Recently they also added Mix and Malt makes some of our favorite cocktails as well, including their Dark Mojito, Moscow Mule, and a Dirty Martini. For 3 or so dishes shared between 2 people and a cocktail each, prices can go 60,000 won and up, but for a nice night out Mix and Malt is well worth it.
Directions: From Hyehwa station exit 4, come out and go to the left. Keep walking a while until you get to a big intersection at 대학로 11 길. Turn right, and look for the starbucks across the street and to the left a little. Cross the street, and turn right in front of the Starbucks. It will be a short way down on the left.
From 성균관 (Sungkyunkwan) bus stop facing toward the big Dunkin Donuts shop, then take the little alley between Dunkin Donuts and Starbucks. It's a little ways down the road on the left.
Address: 종로구 창경궁로 29길 3, Seoul, Korea
by Michael Jones
My favorite reason for working in Itaewon is the abundance of great food available and Gino’s Pizzeria is a great addition to the neighborhood. Gino’s restaurant, which is across the street, has been open for slightly more than a year now, but that is a dine-in restaurant. Gino’s Pizzeria focuses on slices, some different menu options, and delicious expediency. When you are hungry, you can pop in, pick a slice, and be on your way in a few minutes, or you can dine in, crush a slice, and people watch from the seating along the window.
Today was my first time going to Gino’s Pizzeria and my girlfriend and I ordered: three cheese slices, one pepperoni, and two grandma slices. The grandma slices reminded me of Sicilian pizza and we enjoyed the crispy crust, the fresh tomato sauce, buffalo mozzarella, and basil. The cheese and pepperoni slices were thin, slightly crispy, slightly greasy, and exactly what we wanted from a New York style slice of pizza. Overall, everything tasted great, the service was excellent, the owner and the staff were very kind, and the pizza was high quality and fantastic. I will definitely be making my way to Gino’s Pizzeria more often.
Directions: Noksapyeong Station Exit 1 (Or Take the Elevator and then step out walk to your left and go over the bridge)
From Exit 1: Take an immediate left and cross the street
Cross the Bridge
Take a right on the other side and walk up the hill
After the road bends to the left
Take the first left turn and Gino's Pizzeria will be on your left
You can enter on the second floor
by Ashley Heil
Directions: The easiest way to get here is to go to Sookmyung Womens University Station (숙대역), line 4, exit 1. (Or Seoul Station, exit 12). Come out of the exit and walk maybe 5-10 minutes until 한강대로 104 길. The restaurant will be about 5 minutes down on the left side of this road, located near 후암시장.
by Michael Jones
Over the past few years many burger places have opened throughout Seoul, but there are only a handful of them that I really enjoy. The 100 Food Truck is one of my favorite places to enjoy a great burger. The burger (9800 won) is a messy, juicy, delicious combination of high quality beef, slightly crunchy bun, succulent bacon, lettuce, onion, tomato, and a delectable mustard sauce. The sweet potato fries and spicy wings combo basket (~7000won) is also great and goes great with the burger. The fries are thinly cut and the chicken wings are covered in a spicy red sauce. I normally don’t eat wings that often, but I found myself continually reaching for more, despite the fact that my lips were on fire. The crispy skin and the succulent meat beneath had me reaching for the basket often. This is the third time I’ve eaten at The 100 Food Truck and each time I’ve had a good experience. The first floor, where you order, is a little crowded and the stairs are steep, but the seating area is extremely comfortable and you can gaze at Seoul’s skyline while you eat. If you are in the mood for some delicious, American style comfort food, then I highly recommend visiting The 100 Food Truck.
Yongsan-gu, Huam dong 406-57 용산구 후암동 406-57
Phone number: 010-7197-4448
Go to Noksapyeong Station (line 6) and come out of exit 2. Walk up the road until the road veers off to the left and go past the kimchi pots. From here you can take the green number 2 village bus until the 5 way junction at the top of HBC hill, or just walk, but it is a bit of a hill. Go down the road that is directly to the right of By the Way. Walk down the road for a few minutes and the 100 Foodtruck will be on your left.
by Ashley Heil
...In addition to photos and because Michael was filming anyway I made a short video of our trip to Pizza Iconic. Enjoy!
Pizza Iconic makes some of the greatest pizza in Seoul. So great in fact, that the owner can afford to be closed on Saturdays. On Sundays, he opens at 4:00PM until he sells out and only does takeout. Despite this, customers line up before he opens and stretch to the main road. The owner makes each pizza himself and between pies, will walk the line to take the next orders. If he sells out while you're in line, it could be devastating.
The pizza is phenomenal and the owner is dedicated to making high-quality, mouth-watering pies. After our wait, we sat at the nearest GS25, bought drinks and devoured an 18-inch New-York style pepperoni pizza (33,000 won). As soon as we opened the box, the smell of crisp pepperoni and fresh mozzarella was intoxicating. The slices were huge, dripping with grease, and absolutely wonderful. If you are a pizza lover, then pizza iconic is a pilgrimage-worthy destination.
Also available (somewhat off-menu it seems) is a thick, very saucy and delicious Detroit-style pizza (~32,000 won). It comes in a rectangle of 4 slices, and while it seems small at first, it is very filling. The pizza was almost more like a lasagna, but it was so delicious we didn't care much. While the greasy New-York style pizza was one of my favorites I've had in Seoul, I think I was even more blown away by the Detroit pizza. Whichever style of pizza you prefer and order, if you're a pizza lover, you must make the trip to Pizza Iconic. While sometimes his hours can seem inconvenient and it might seem a bit far for people north of the river (like us), it is DEFINITELY worth the trip. Now go eat some good pizza!
Hours: Closed on Saturdays!
Sundays: Opens at 4pm, takeout only! Get there around 4 if you want a pizza!
Weekdays: 11:30AM-8:00PM. Break-time (I think) from 2:30-5:30PM.
Address: 삼성동 166-6, 135-881 Seoul, South Korea
Directions: Samseong station, exit 8
Walk straight until you get to the 119 building and turn left into that alley. Walk straight about 200m and it will be on your left next to a 7/11.
by Michael Jones
One of the things we miss most about cooking in America, is the ability to bake. Our apartment is small, and without an oven, it is difficult to make cookies and brownies like we did at home. Thankfully, because of places like Cre8 Cookies, our craving for cookies can be laid to rest.
Cre8 is located on Kyungridan-Gil and is tucked in a little alley up the hill and to your right. Once you pass the pet shop, filled with fluffy kittens and surrounded by gawking people, you're almost there. The shop is small, but decorated wonderfully and it’s a great place to relax, chat, and devour some truly incredible cookies that even the cookie monster would approve of. We have no reservations saying that these are our favorite cookies we’ve had since moving to Seoul over 2 years ago.
The owner is extremely friendly and very passionate about baking. She will even go out of her way to bake some individual cookies for you. Last night, she made us two Nutella and peanut butter cookies and we devoured them in seconds. The inside was flaky, and the gooey peanut butter and sweet Nutella rocked our taste buds. We also had an M&M and a white chocolate chip and almond cookie. All of the cookies are delectable, melt in your mouth, instant smile inducing delicious. The owner will also give you a frothy glass of milk to wash down the crumbs and to dunk your cookies in. Most of the cookies are (1,900 KRW) but some, such as the Nutella and peanut butter, are (2,500 KRW) due to the price of ingredients. She also sells coffee and her cold brew is a wonderful choice for (3,800 KRW). The coffee was strong, but smooth, and pairs perfectly with freshly baked cookies.
We love Cre8 Cookies and will definitely be regulars. This might hurt my Grandma’s feelings, but I might have a new favorite cookie. Like the neon sign says in the back of the shop “Let's Dough It”.
Hours: 11AM-9M, everyday
Address: 용산구 이태원동 225-143
DIRECTIONS: Come out of Noksapyeong station, exit 2
Walk until the underpass and cross under the road, and take the left exit.
Turn right on Kyungridan-Gil.
Keep walking all the way up the hill until you pass Namsan Chemistry and the pet shop with the cute kittens and puppies.
Take a right at "Nice to Meatball You" at the small alley in front of it.
Cre8 will be on your left.
by Ashley Heil.
Because this post has to do with both coffee and pancakes, I posted it on the Food Envy page as well as the Coffee Envy page. Enjoy!
A few months ago, I wrote a blog post here about my favorite coffee shops in Seoul.
Although we wrote about how much we enjoy their coffee, especially the delicious Stumptown Coldbrew coffee they serve, we actually hadn't ever tried their pancakes. We finally got around to it about a week ago. We know a few other places for some great brunch and pancakes in Seoul, including Butterfingers and Uncle Sam's Pancake, but I have to say Pancake Epidemic might be my favorite pancakes. The original (what we got) are 6500 for 3 pancakes or (I believe) 11,000 for 6 pancakes. The stack seems high, but they are on the smaller side so Michael and I split 6 and still were left wanting more. The pancakes are super fluffy and moist even without any syrup on them. On top a sort of buttery cream was served. It looked a bit gross and strange at first, but it was very delicious. They also serve a Nutella stack of pancakes, which I will for sure try next time, and a ham-and-cheese stack of pancakes. If you're looking for some breakfast and great coffee or simply a sweet snack, this is definitely the place to come to. I cannot praise their coffee enough and these pancakes are fantastic. Give it a try and let us know how you like it!
Pancake Epidemic is open everyday from 10:30AM-10:00PM.
Directions: Address: 42, Apgujeong-ro 46-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
Pancake Epidemic can be a bit hard to find, and is sort of located between Apgujeong station and Apgujeong Rodeo station.
Best station: Apgujeong Rodeo station (Bundang line), exit 5.
Walk straight 2 blocks then take a right. Walk straight along this road, and then Pancake Epidemic will eventually be on your left on the 2nd floor.
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?
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