Looking to have some good Pho in Itaewon? Well there is only ONE place to go and that is Le Saigon! They are not only famous for their Pho and spring rolls but they also have Korean food. A great place to go with friends who DON’T want Pho and trust me it is not something EVERYONE likes. Therefore it is great to have so many different options on the menu. The place is small but usually it is not crowded. Set A (Beef pho+Fresh spring roll 2 pieces) and Set B (Pork chop or Seafood Rice + Fresh spring roll+Small Soup) are the ones to get if you are looking for a deal. The Pork Chop rice is great for those that don’t want pho and really should be considered Korean food than Vietnamese food. But the beef Pho is perfect.
It has been a few years since I did a top 10 thai restaurants in Seoul post…and since that time I have been to so many Thai Restaurants in Seoul. So much so that I had to completely redo my whole list!! Great Thai food involves having great Pad Thai, green/yellow curry, and great fried rice. Here is our list of the top 10 Thai Restaurants in Seoul.
10) My Thai China
This is a combination of a Thai/Chinese restaurant. Which is why it is so low on the list….this is a hybrid restaurant that doesn’t serve authentic Thai food but a kinda fusion menu. The menu is huge because they have both the traditional Thai items as well as American style Chinese items. They have delicious spring rolls and egg rolls and their sweet and sour sauce is pretty authentic. In fact I would recommend anything sweet and sour…whether it is chicken or pork. Their fried rice selections are great as well. No curry dishes and their noodles were a bit dry. Again if you want an American style Thai food this is the place for you!
Address: 118-20 Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
People come to Haebongchon for the burgers and the pizzas and to meet foreigners. However Gate 21 is the perfect place to have a nice cup of coffee and some delicious cake! It is new so it is usually empty and my fear is that it will close very soon due to the lack of customers. Let’s not let this happen. The place has decent Italian food…not great…but decent. It won’t make our top 10 Italian Restaurants in Seoul list….but you won’t be disappointed in their pizzas, pastas, and steaks. The atmosphere is really nice…sit inside their clean white interior or sit outside and enjoy the view….a great place to take on a date. I took a date here once and sat outside and enjoyed a nice Americano and chocolate cake. Hurry now before it is too late!
Address: 5-72 Yongsan 2(i)ga-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
It is hard to find a good slice of Pizza in Seoul. But I have looked and updated the top ten pizza restaurants in Seoul. No more franchises like last time. This is the REAL stuff….made by people who know how to make a great pizza.
10) The Booth
The Booth is a very popular spot in Haebangchon (HBC). It is a little hard to find but if you do you will really like this cozy place….only about 30 people MAX can sit inside there. So try to go during lunch because on the weekends it will be packed with foreigners. A slice of pizza (3,500) won and a nice glass of craft beer is the perfect lunch combo. The major negative or positive depending on how you look at it is that they only have pepperoni and cheese. Sure they are tasty but if you feel like mushrooms or onions you are out of luck.
Address: 705, Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
This is the updated rankings for the top 10 Mexican Restaurants in Seoul. A lot has changed in the last 3 years and many have closed down….but the Mexican food revolution is still going strong. Koreans love spicy food so this is why Indian and Mexican will never die in Seoul. Now don’t get me wrong..you can’t really compare these restaurants with the ones in California…the mecca of Mexican American food…but some can come close to…Chipotle level….also can we get a petition to get Chipotle into Korea?? Let’s make it happen. Here is the list…enjoy.
10) On the Border
This is a huge family mexican restaurant in Seoul. I know for sure there is one in Rodeo near Apgujeong….one in Itaewon…Yeouido IFC MALL..and one in Illsan. I am sure there are more springing up. The menu is big as well. The servings are for Americans…huge portions! The taste is good as well, however after your 16th bite you kinda get sick of it real fast. When I go with a date I always get the taco combos and of course the guacamole live! It is really expensive 12,000 for small and 19,000 won for large. Here is how it looks like with the taco sets.
I sometimes go with a group and we always get the sampler which has 4 quesadillas, 4 flautas, 4 loaded nachos, salsa, sour cream, guacamole, and a cheese dip. You get also get gread combos like this….
This place has really good fajitas and everyone in the restaurant will know you ordered it because it is crazy loud when they bring it out. Also they have a great selection of drinks and their most popular are the margaritas. Actually….this place might have the best margaritas in Seoul. Come here if you are hungry and make sure to bring a friend.
Address: 737-37, Hannam-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
After going to the Gwangju Toecheon Tomato Festival…I realized that I needed to update my Italian Restaurant list of three years agao….I have been to so many Italian restaurants in Seoul because Korean girls just LOVE Italian food. I did a post a few years back and it 100% needs an upgrade because many of the top places closed down like my favorite place Antonios….that goes to show what Koreans know about taste. It is still possible to find really good Italian food in Seoul and not all are in Itaewon. Here are the top 10 Italian Restaurants in Seoul 2015 edition. Enjoy!
I was going to Insadong to do some Korean Traditional stuff shopping and came upon this place. It is hard to find and the leaves covering the exterior of the restaurant does not help…but inside the decor is excellent and the staff is very friendly. They make their own pasta and you can tell. The quality is very good even tho they overcook their pasta which I don’t like. My friend loved it because it reminded him of canned spaghetti. This place uses a wood oven pizza which is great and makes the Pizza extra crispy. The pizza I ordered had just the right amount of cheese and sauce and topped with basil. The pizzaa are the way to go here and it can be a bit expensive it is well worth spending over 30,000 won.
Address: South Korea Seoul Jongno-gu Gyeonji-dong 68-1
I found this place via facebook and decided to give it a try. I only had Cuban food once before in Seoul at Hongdae’s Cuba Wang….you can read a blog about that place here. Because I am an American I didn’t know a lot about Cuba……the only know three things about Cuba….cigars, Ricky Ricardo, and great lightweight boxers…..Cuba Wang was decent and I liked the food but it does not compare to Little Cuba. I mean just check out the kind of meat they use!!
Who doesn’t love brunch? Aren’t you sick of living in Korea and having to eat kimchi and rice between meals or even worse…..cup ramen?? You would think you won’t be able to find a decent restaurant that serves brunch in Seoul but you are dead wrong! Itaewon is probably the hottest spot right now for brunch as even Koreans are going there in droves for brunch…and Sunday brunch??? Forget about it…you will have to wait at least an hour to get a table at any of these places. But there are other places outside of Itaewon as well. Here are the top ten places for Brunch in Seoul.
To start the list we have Hosoo Bakery and Cafe located directly near Seokchon Lake off of Seokchon Station. The view is amazing but the selections here are not many but very good never the less. Great tasting breads and salads and their bacon is amazing…and fusion of korean style bacon with American style brunch. Get it on a sandwich or on the side. Eat and enjoy the lake and the sun…this is what brunch was suppose to be. The only problem with this place is that your won’t find any American style breakfast like eggs and pancakes…but this place makes the list on location alone.
Directions: Go to Jamsil Station on Line 2 and walk straight 200 metres out of Exit 3. Continue reading
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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These are some of my picks for the best restaurants in Itaewon. I will try to get some more detail in my restaurant reviews for Korea. I will continue to do the top ten restaurant blog post but incorporate individual restaurant reviews as well. Thanks for visiting the shikdang blog and we hope that the info provided is helpful.
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