Gyodae Fish Market (교대수산) – 2.5 Forks
Highlights: Fresh, delicious and cheap fish. BYOB.
Lowlights: To keep costs low, 99% of all utensils, cups, plates are disposable. There is no waitress service. Everything is self-serve. It’s pay first (when you order food); although if you say that you’re going to order a lot of food, they could let you pay at the end.
Bottom Line: This place is all about the food. It’s 3-4 people working the kitchen cutting fresh fish. It’s almost like a picnic atmosphere where you are eating the food on a picnic table (with a plastic sheet cover) with wooden chopsticks and paper cups.
Gyodae Fish Market is your neighborhood fish restaurant. I have classified the cuisine as primarily Korean with secondary classification as Japanese. You have your standard Japanese raw fish classics such as tuna, salmon, uni, etc. but there are other selections that are Korean such as fluke (광어), sea squirt (멍게) and the fish casserole (매운탕).
Unless you come before 6 PM, expect a wait. We arrived there at 6:50 PM on a weekday and there were already 5 teams ahead of us. The wait was around 20-25 minutes so the tables move relatively fast. At the front where the cashier is, put your name down, number of people in your group and your mobile number. They will call you.
First of all, Gyodae Fish Market serves fresh and cheap fish. How? They try to keep overhead low. It is the just the chefs / food preparers and no waitress. You order up-front and pay at the time of ordering. They will bring out the food. If you are with a big enough group, you could convince them that you would like to pay at the end of the meal.
Secondly, this restaurant is BYOB. You can bring your own wine, beer, soju, hard liquor. They have ice buckets so that you can chill your bottles. There is also an ice machine (with BIG ice hand shovel) to put ice into your bucket.
Thirdly, everything in this restaurant is disposable. The chopsticks, the plates, the water and soju cups. If you bring your own bottle of wine, then you may want to consider bringing your own wine glasses.
This place also does a lot of take-out business. While we were there, we noticed a lot of take-out orders being prepared.
All in all, this place serves up some fresh and high quality fish. If you don’t mind the “cheapness” of everything else, then it’s all you can ask for – a quality meal.
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