I was wandering around Hongdae with a friend, searching for a unique restaurant. We wanted to go somewhere out of the ordinary — not a common chain, hof, or café. Nothing seemed to fit the bill. Just as we were about to give up on our hunt, we stumbled upon Dallyeora Jogaegui Pocha (달려라 조개구이 포차), a seafood restaurant located in the heart of Hongdae. As luck would have it, Dallyeora Jogaegui Pocha was everything we wanted and more.
Guest Author: Lindsey Gorfine
As a reviewer, it’s always rewarding to stumble upon a place that surpasses my expectations. Small, family owned and operated, and located up a tiny backstreet near Ewha Women’s University, Tandoori Restaurant has all the markings of a quality establishment.
Campari and orange as a mixed drink in Seoul? As I read over the drink menu at Between, I was pleased to find a change of pace from Itaewon’s standard cocktail list, and their dinner menu impressed me as well. Although I was a bit skeptical coming into Between because it had only been open a few weeks, I left feeling impressed with their architecture as well as their drink and dinner selection. This venue has the potential to become one of the most well-known lounges in Seoul.
International restaurants are becoming more common throughout Seoul, but the generally inflated price tag accompanying them requires that you be an especially discerning judge; there’s no dining injury more painful than a bruised wallet following an insulting meal. Thankfully, the restaurant DIWAN-I-AM offers authentic Indian cuisine that is well worth the price.
Sometimes you want to break away from your dining experience that more or less is consistent with the following: pasta, galbi, pizzas, samgyupsal, chicken and repeat. Why not introduce something fresh to the menu?
One restaurant I frequent these days is… none other than Itaewon’s Greek souvlaki restaurant, Santorini, located in the alley behind Hamilton Hotel.
The interior of the restaurant is aptly decorated, colored brightly in white and blue to remind visitors of the real place.
One place that caught my attention these days was Lugo. A good friend of mine took a group of people there for lunch recently and got great feedback about the restaurant. I heard from him that they had hand-made mozzarella which got me excited.
Lugo is located right beside ex-Club Circle, near Tribeca or Designer Club, i.e. prime real estate. A restaurant located in probably the most accessible area in Cheongdam definitely deserves the highest of all expectation. I had always wanted to check Lugo, an American-styled Italian restaurant, out, but I never had the chance to until now.
Finding one of those ‘Stand-out’ restaurants in Garosu Gil must be a challenge to pretty much everyone even if you come across the street often. Sometimes having too many choices could be more bothersome than not having any!
Well, if you are lost as to where to go or what to eat in Garosu-gil, you might want to try the European restaurant, ‘the pretty house’, Casa Bonita, located right across Tom N Toms Coffee in the middle of the main Garosu street.
If you are up-to-date with ‘it’ scene in Seoul, you will know that Garosu-gil over the last few years developed into the have-it-all street. Whether you’re looking for authentic & exotic restaurants, small or large cafes, wine bars, private lounges, the street which connects Apgujeong and Sinsa has it all.
In one of my latest expedition to Garosu-gil, I checked out this restaurant called Spain Club.
Once in a while everyone goes through the stage of craving all the carbs, protein, grease and bacon your body can take (notice how I categorized bacon separately). Finding a good breakfast place in Seoul is not the easiest mission one can devote to. One can find breakfast/brunch places that are alright to so-so to good, but it’s really hard to come across a GREAT place. There are few examples of GREAT breakfast/brunch places in Seoul:
- Butterfinger Pancakes (two locations: 1.) behind Designer Club in Cheongdam, and 2.) near Club Mass, Gangnam station exit #6), serves all-American style & portion dishes
- Suji’s at Itaewon definitely won’t disappoint you either. (Call for directions: 02-797-3698)
But what is the problem with places mentioned above? Besides contributing to your rising cholesterol levels?
The only problem with those places is that you have to wait in a line. If you go during the weekend, you have to wait for a good 20-30 minutes before you can sit down. After you place your order, it’ll take a good 10-20 minutes for your order, which will add up to around 40 minutes of waiting.
So unless you wake up early with the sole purpose of getting some good food, you are going to have to salivate and torture yourself while you smell all that greatness around you. What’s an alternative? Or better yet, is there a better option?
And thankfully the answer is YES!
Read more after the jump.
Bliss is probably one of the classiest restaurant/bar in Itaewon. The place definitely made it to my top hot-spot list in Seoul, and SeoulGrid will cover everything there is for you to know to make your next visit to Itaewon totally blissful!
Former member of Drunken Tiger and celebrity DJ Shine (Mark Yim) runs this place, and he’s usually around his shop making sure everything is operating smoothly. I met and talked to him on a few occasions and he was a real nice guy, and a good host as well.
So the interior is quite posh, with lighting and classy furniture to make it definitely one of the nicest places in Itaewon. Bliss also has a nice outdoor patio seats, which I imagine will be very nice in spring, summer and fall. For me though, I preferred to sit in a corner where I could overlook at the venue.
The inside is actually quite large, easily able to accommodate around 80 or so people.