I’m not gonna be boring with this blog. Any idiot can write about “Korean Restaurants.” But it takes a real trailblazer to find unconventional places to eat. I personally love “street food” and food carts because you get to enjoy food in a different light. With that said, let me talk about the hidden gem….Jjimjilbang food.
Jjimjilbangs are community bath houses with sauna and other recreational facilities. They come in all sorts of forms and sizes. Some are ghetto and some are small. But the really new and big ones are pretty awesome.
The price of admission is around 10,000 won give or take. You get to go in and enjoy a nice bath and just chill out in the lobby area or one of many different sauna rooms. They have massage rooms and nail salons in some of the bigger and newer Jjimjilbangs. You can also find some with movies rooms and PC rooms.
All of the Jjimjilbangs have at least a small staffed kitchen with some surprising good food. Prices range from 3,000-7,000 won. They serve noodles and rice. Can’t go wrong with Tteokbokki or any kind of Korean soup. Getting Patbingsu is also a must. These shaved ice treats will taste like heaven after sweating all your toxins away in the saunas. I always eat something whenever i go to a jjimjilbang. I make sure i go on an empty stomach just so that i can enjoy the food there. It’s not just about the food either. I like to consider it to be an experience. Where else can you enjoy a community bath one minute and grub on some spicy soup the next. The kicker is that you will only be out around 20,000 Korean Won when you leave. You can stay there as long as you want. You can even spend the night there. Gotta love Korean Culture. It’s also makes for a great date for young couples.
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If you love food and travel, you probably already know of the world famous Michelin Guide books. These books rate and review all the best restaurants in Major cities across the world. There are other restaurant review guides, but this is the oldest and probably the most famous. Seoul Korea doesn’t have a Michelin Red Guide out, but it does have the Green guide. Here are the restaurants that are listed in the Seoul Apgujeong section of the Michelin Green Guide. We here at shikdang are dedicated to bringing you the best possible info about the restaurant and food scene in Seoul, Korea. We try to research and experience all that we can and report the findings to you guys. Let us know how we are doing and join us by leaving us a comment or becoming a member of Shikdang.com.
Samwon Garden. This well known Korean style grill is supposed to have the best meat south of the river. It’s huge with seating available for 1200 diners. Meat portions per person are 24,000-54,000 Won. Reservations are recommended.
Gorilla in the Kitchen. This restaurant is well known because the actor Bae Yong Jun owns the joint. It’s an organic restaurant and the restaurant motto is “No cream, no fat, no worries.”
Jung Sik Dang. Jung Sik Dang offers Korean Nouvelle cuisine. Lunch time prices are 40,000 Won and Dinner will set you back 120,000 Won. This Korean fusion style restaurant provides delicious food that are very well presented. The service is also top notch.
Palais de Gaumont. One of the oldest restaurants in the Gangnam area. Back in the day this French restaurant in Seoul used to be a pioneer of European haute cuisine. It’s still very much considered a luxurious and elegant venue with food that’ll satisfy.
Wooriga. Wooriga features traditional Korean style food in a sophisticated package. Everything is beautiful and delicious. The setting seems to be a little impersonal.
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10. SULTAN KEBAB HOUSE - This is the original Kebab restaurant that started it all. Now everywhere you look, you see Kebab places. Well, it started in Itaewon by a guy named Omer Yilmaz. He started selling kebabs on the street in 2006 and slowly started to get famous. He opened a store in Itaewon and the rest is history. Everyone knows what Kebabs are so I won’t explain what it looks like. The taste is what matters the most and I can say hands down these Kebabs are the best in Seoul. The lamb and beef are imported but every other veggies are from local farms. You can ask for the spicy sauce (I leave that out). You probably won’t see Omer since he has opened multiple stores in Seoul, but if you do, try to talk to him. He is a real nice and friendly guy. Phone number 02-730-4418. Continue reading →
These are my picks for the top 10 restaurants in Hongdae. If you guys know of some awesome restaurants in Hongdae that i left out, please leave me a comment with the info. Thanks!
10. PENONG - This Chinese restaurant in Hongdae is not your typical Chinese restaurant. It does not have ja jang myeon or thang Su yook. However if you are looking for some real Chinese food, this is where you will find it. They have a great selection of duck dishes which are a bit too fatty and greasy. Maybe that is why it tastes to good. The Moo-shoo pork was kinda gross. It was way too soft and mushy. Phone number 02-325-3114. Continue reading →
These are my picks for the best restaurants in Seoul‘s Gangnam area. By Gangnam I mean near Gangnam Station. So don’t post comments as to why a restaurant did not make this list. Remember…NEAR GANGNAM STATION. On a side note BUTTERFINGERS just missed the cut.
10. ILL MARE – If you are looking for the best Italian lunch set in Gangnam. You came to the right place. For under 10,000 won you get a set that gives you salad, pizza, pasta, and a cup of coffee for dessert. The salad was very plain, the pizza was way too small and way too cheesy, however the pasta was very delicious. I mean what can you expect for 10,000 won?? The place looks very clean and they have many tables in the back. However during the peak lunch hours you probably will not be able to find a seat. Phone number 02-2051-8697. Continue reading →
10. VILLA ETWAS – If you are looking for some good Mediterranean food made by a real Mediterranean cook, come to Villa Etwas. This place has so many different kinds of salads. My personal favorite has to be the garlic salad. I normally don’t like cream pastas but this place has some of the best cream pastas in Cheongdam. After your meal do not forget to get the tiramisu which is a kind a mix of tiramisu and cheesecake. It is to die for! I actually sometimes just come here for that! This is a great place to bring a date and I would recommend sitting outside on the terrace. The place however is way too pricy (80,000 won per person). They have live music, however when I went there weren’t any. Phone number 02-514-2030. Continue reading →
These are my picks for top 10 restaurants in Apgujeong dong, Seoul, Korea.
10. DAN SUSHI- This is the best Japanese restaurant in Seoul that uses the rotating table setup to serve their sushi. You come in and you sit down and just start eating. Dishes go around in a circle and the prices are all different. You have to look at the color of the dishes to see which ones are cheap and which ones are expensive. Dan Sushi is as best as you can get. They have this cooked beef on rice which is awesome and their salmon with this cream white sauce is delicious. It could get expensive because the food is right there for you to grab and before you know it you have 30-40 plates on your table! Continue reading →
10. LE TRE CAMPANE in Hongdae: If you are looking for some good stone baked pizza restaurants in Seoul you need to check out this place. They use a huge stone oven and make the pizzas so the cheese turns a dark orange. Be careful because the pizzas here tend to get cold pretty fast. Once the pizzas go past a certain point they were very rubbery. I think overall the pizzas were good but they need to be more crispy. Also the tomato sauce is not sweet enough. Phone number: 02-336-3378. Continue reading →
10. TACO RICO in Gangnam: This place makes the list because the food is being cooked by a real Mexican. So I was expecting a lot! Don’t expect too much. Some stuff are good like the nachos or the burritos. But the tacos are terrible. This place is a mixed bag. I hear good things as well as some bad things about this place. Also the location sucks. Good luck trying to find this place. My best advice. Get out exit 7 Gangnam Station and make a right at the first small street you see. Keep going up the hill until you can’t go anymore. Then turn right. The place has a open kitchen but the seating is very limited. Continue reading →
10. SALA THAI in Apgujeong: This place is near Rodeo just around the street. This is a perfect place to come to shop and find some good Thai food. They also have another location in Bundang in Jeongja. Both places are great places to go when you are on a date. You must try the Green curry with Chicken. They make it kinda sweet which makes it super addicting. I talked to the owner and he wants to open more stores by 2012. However I tried many of their other dishes however they were a bit dissapointing. Get the curry! Continue reading →