Panda Express is finally in Seoul. You can find it inside the food court area in the Lotte Department Store in Myeongdong. Sure you can try the top 10 Chinese Restaurants in Seoul….what what you really need is some good old fashion American style Chinese food sometimes and no one makes it better than Panda Express. The Orange Chicken…the chow mien…the fried rice….it all tasted just like how it does in the states. It made me feel gross afterwards…JUST LIKE THE STATES!
If you are looking for the best western BBQ restaurant in Seoul and tired of Korean BBQ you have to go to Itaewon. However there are two places that WANT your business…I decided to check out BOTH places to give you the ultimate breakdown. Who will win? The popular Linus or the underdog Manimal? Here we go.
Run by Jeff Kang the nicest BBQ guy of them all…Manimal is a place where the service is top notch. But what about the food? The moment I went I was shocked to see that the wait time was only 30 minutes….that could be a good thing or a bad thing. The place overall is very small and seats about 30 people max. They have a huge smoker which can’t be missed. It is great to see that you can actually SEE the kitchen and they don’t hide anything. Their brisket is the most popular item on the menu but to me it lacked flavor and was a bit tough. I much prefer the pulled pork because it was tender and juicy.
We have to start off with burgers right? When people think of American food….they usually think of a nice juicy cheeseburger or hamburger. I made a HUGE mistake by not putting with place as a top 10 burger restaurant in Seoul…totally forgot…Jacoby Burger please forgive me….They make the biggest burgers I have ever seen! Just check this sucker out….
That is an actual burger….how crazy is that? I would recommend the the double cheese with garlic flavoured burger and bacon along with a side of onion rings. The classic American meal. If you bring your picky girlfriend they even have a veggie burger. The veggie burger was actually delicious and fresh, the veggies crisp was good as well….see something for everyone and a great fun and happening place to go on a date. It is in HBC so it is a bit of a walk from Itaewon…so I suggest you take the Noksapyeong exit.
Address: 45-6 Yongsandong 2(i)-ga, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
Right behind the Hamilton Hotel you will find the best Korean BBQ restaurant in Itaewon. Sometimes you want to show your foreigner friends a taste of Korean food….well take them to Busan Galbi. A long time ago back in the old days…the best beef/pork usually came from Busan…so the Kings of the olden days only ate Busan beef/pork. Now keep it mind that Itaewon does not have GREAT Korean BBQ restaurants so THIS being the best is nothing special. However it is the best in Itaewon. The prices are expensive and the portions are small but the quality is always great. You will always be able to find a seat here because the place is huge. Their Samgyupsal is the best item to order or their daeji galbi. Anything pork is great. Their beef galbi is also good but again the portions are small.
Also don’t forget to order the kimchi pancakes (kimchijeon)…avoid the seafood pancake.
Address: 112-6 Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
This has got to be the worst restaurant trend in Seoul. Glamping means Glamorous camping…WTF is Glamorous camping?? Koreans do realize that they can go camping for free right?? Glamorous camping is suppose to have all the fun of camping without the dirt, fresh air, and sleeping in tents/sleeping bags….so let me ask you this…why not just go to a normal restaurant? The whole fun of camping is that you are NOT GLAMOROUS!!! No fridge, beds, etc….Glamping is not glamorous at all. You walk in and they have pillows everywhere. Some tents but you actually have to make reservations for them.
You might be asking yourself…..So I have to pay money to eat here? If I want a tent I need to make a reservation?? Are you serious? So if you want to eat like a homeless person…make a reservation…again…are you serious? We sat on the ground on these huge pillows like a normal person. What are up with these pillows?? How dirty are these pillows?? How often do you think they wash these things?? They won’t fit in a washing machine….The amount of bacteria must be off the charts. They have the normal Glamping and the Glamping Thai….both with the same concept. You can find many more of these Glamping style restaurants all over Seoul and it will probably not die. Koreans love camping….if you ever walked along Han River you will notice this….But this Glamping thing is going too far….
No address provided…lets put a stop to this right here and now.
Pizzarium didn’t make the cut for our top 10 pizza restaurants in Seoul….but it was close. No one talks about this place but every time you go it never disappoints. It is not the traditional pizza place and some don’t like the square cuts…but the selections and the taste are always consistent which is what you are looking for when go to a pizza restaurant.
The grab your attention with their name. My Chi Chi in Korean means my boobs…..that is the same strategy McDonalds used with their golden arches which where shaped to look like boobs. Well the restaurant sure gets a lot of attention based on the name alone. But what about the food? The food is what matters the most right? You can’t really tell what kind of a restaurant it is…they have a little bit of everything and is usually crowded. I guess the best way to label this place is an World Fusion Restaurant. No real theme to it just a lot of noise with no real substance. They have dishes from Greece, Morocco, Thailand, Japan, China, Italy, France, India, and Mexico.
The cafe is originally from Singapore but now has several branches in Korea. Once Upon a Milkshake might be the best milkshake place in Itaewon or Noksapyeong. They have many different flavors and you can mix and match as you feel and the best part is that you can get the thickness level just the way you like it. You get premium ice cream at a reasonable price. The large is 7,000 won and they use REAL ice cream. The plain vanilla is the one I always get because I don’t like too much flavor in my milkshake…I like just plain vanilla or chocolate. Not a huge fan of the fancy fruit flavored milkshakes. However whatever you like you will find something for everyone which makes this place the best..they have something for ANYONE/EVERYONE. If you are not a fan of plain stuff I would recommend the peanut butter milkshake and a mini hazelnut milkshake. This place gets blasted by other bloggers who feel it is overrated and too generic but I liked it.
Hotdog on a stick is finally in Itaewon! Koreans just don’t know how to make Corn dogs….have you tried the corn dogs on the street?? Gross…Hotdog on a Stick makes the best Corn Dogs in the world not just in Seoul. However the ones in Seoul are completely different than the ones in the states. It is actually like a restaurant. Sure they have the famous Corn Dogs and Lemonade…. but you can also get hotdogs…fries….even ribs for crying out loud. Their menu is HUGE compared to the states. I wouldn’t recommend anything expect for the original and the cheese dogs. Granted I have not tried all the other items but I didn’t come to Hotdog on a stick for a meal….I came for the corn dogs. I would also like to recommend the mini corn dogs which I haven’t seen sold in states at Hotdog on a stick.
Address: Yongsan-gu Itaewon-ro 27가길 54-3 Seoul
Lobster Bar is the hottest new restaurant in Seoul. It has replaced All American Diner which was ranked #8 on our best American Restaurants in Seoul….. and now no one misses that place now. Lobster Bar brings you Maine and Connecticut style lobsters flown in within three days, these lobsters are HUGE!! They are about 1 kg lobsters at great and reasonable prices…at first I thought they would be low quality lobster but they were fantastic!