(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 has another eatery in Ikseon Dong called 반주 – Banjoo. The type of food served at Ida is contemporary Korean. They have small tapas plates as well as entrees. The food we had was exquisite and cheap.

Another interesting thing about this place is that they have is they only serve natural wine which is produced without adding during the winemaking process. Natural wine is more “funkier” or yeastier than regular wine. Their reasoning is that this type of wine pairs well with the type of food that they have prepared, one with strong flavors. The result was perfect.

1️⃣ Deoduk root that has been pressed with chicken stock reduction on top of sool bbang (술빵) – W9,000
2️⃣ Fried pork jowl with cured and deep fried peppers – W16,000
3️⃣ Seafood of the Day – Scallops and red shell snails W16,000
4️⃣ Watermelon Salad – Watermelon that had been steamed on top of a bed of Korean melon with scoops of ice cream on top with sprinkles of pistachios. Such a delicious summer salad. W10,000
5️⃣ Sea urchin pasta. Cold rigatoni pasta tossed with a spinach pesto layered by a sauce – sea urchin puree emulsified with sesame oil. And of course it is topped off with uni. WOW! – W17,000
6️⃣ Braised oxtail. This was also delicious – W21,000
7️⃣ Dessert Popsicles – Blueberry sour cream & sunflower butter tahini. Yum

They are in the process of experimenting with dry aging beef and pork cuts. Can’t wait to check it out.

We sat at the chef’s table/counter right in front of the kitchen. It seats up to 4 people. Recommend you do that so that you can see the action. Reservations details are on their Instagram page @ida_seoul

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