Jongno-Gu

Ogawa

Ogawa

오가와 – Ogawa (Gwangwhamun) – It was my first time here. This place has been around for awhile – over 8 years. It’s located in the basement of an office building in Gwangwhamun. Dinner omakase is W70,000. The sushi was alright. The quantity was alright. […]

Ida

Ida

(이다 – 서순라길 / 종로맛집 / 익선동맛집) This Ikseon Dong restaurant is 2 months old. They are in the soft opening phase trying out new menu dishes. They haven’t done any advertising yet. In fact, the store front sign isn’t even up yet. The owner-chef […]

Cuisine la Cle

Cuisine la Cle

Cuisine la Cle – 퀴진 라끌레 (Gyeongbokgung) Chef Bae’s new summer menu is a solid winner. There is a new burger on the menu which is inspired by the famous upscale diner in Chicago, Au Cheval – KRW 17,000. My son, H, had the burger […]

Cuisine la Cle

Cuisine la Cle

Cuisine la Cle – 퀴진 라끌레 (Jongno Gu – Gyeongbokgung Palace) – This is my second visit to this gem located in an alleyway right behind the palace. The menu is a short one but what Chef Bae creates is thoughtful, detailed and delicious. I […]

Sushi Sora

Sushi Sora

스시소라 대치점 (Daechi, Gangnam) – This sushi restaurant is affiliated with Chef Koji’s empire: 스시코우지 (Sushi Koji), 스시시오 (Sushi Sio) and 스시소라 (Sushi Sora). Sushi Koji is the most expensive omakase among the three at W220,000. Sushi Sio is the mid-tier selection at W140,000 and […]

Hanwoori

Hanwoori

This is a Korean restaurant in Seoul that is an institution. I would venture to say that it is over 30 plus years old. They have many branches all over Korea. They serve a lot of Korean dishes such as grilled BBQ meats but there […]

Cuisine La Cle

Cuisine La Cle

퀴진 라끌레 (경북궁) – Cuisine la Cle is a brand new Quebec-French restaurant right in the Gyeongbokgung Palace neighborhood. They’ve opened for business – soft opening – since Wednesday, February 20, 2019. We ordered the following dishes:(1) Gnocchi & blue cheese mussels stew(2) Beef Tartare(3) […]

Sushi Sanwon Kyung

Sushi Sanwon Kyung

스시산원 경 (광화문) – The third and newest branch of the Sushi Sanwon “group.” It was my first time at any of the Sushi Sanwon sushi omakase restaurants.  The original one is at Seolleung Station (dinner omakase @W150,000) – 14 sushi counter seats and 1 […]

Chun Jin Poja

Chun Jin Poja

천진포자 부암동점 –  Small Chinese dumpling eatery specializing in baozi or bao which is a type of filled bun or bread-like dumpling with many variations in fillings Be patient because each one is hand-made entirely from scratch! There are 7-8 types Fuof dumplings on the menu. The […]

Mix & Malt

Mix & Malt

믹스앤몰트 – Merriam-Webster defines “gastropub” as a pub, bar, or tavern that offers meals of high quality. Mix & Malt is a gastropub. Located near Hyewha Station (Line 4) and nestled in a back alley, Mix & Malt is an institution among expats serving up […]

Cali Taco

Cali Taco

CaliTaco is in an old part of Seoul that isn’t exactly full of expats. It is located in one of the up and coming hot spots of Seoul called Ikseon Dong.  The owner, Greg Norrish, is from California and wanted to bring a taste of […]

Cheung Kee Myun Ga

Cheung Kee Myun Ga

Location: 청담동 (Cheongdam) Date Reviewed: April 26, 2018 Highlights:  The authenticity of the Hong Kong style wonton noodles and the dim sum selection. Lowlights: The price of the dim sum. Some of the main dishes are a bit pricey. Bottom Line: For Hong Kong wonton […]