What's for Lunch? OK Kitchen in ItaewonThursday, October 22, 2009
The OK Kitchen is a play on the Korean word, Hanok, which means traditional house. My friend Paul Ajossi calls this place the "best lunch set in Itaewon." You can see his take on this restaurant here.
I went on a Saturday and for lunch and the set included Sweet Pumpkin and Gnocchi soup, Salmon two ways, Parmesan Flan (they ran out of the fig tartin), Australian Wagyu steak, dessert, and coffee. My friend had the Casareccia with Mushroom and cream. My meal cost 35,000 won, while hers only cost 20,000.
The meal starts out with some homemade foccaccia, tortilla, and cornbread. The cornbread is scrumptious.
The salmon course (BTW, they smoke their own salmon) had one flavored with orange and capers, while the other had grapefruit sorbet. Delicious.
This Parmesan Flan was a substitute, but wow was it brilliant. the crisp, savory taste of the parmesan chip blended in an orgasmic fashion with the creamy, buttery flan.
Not as good as my steak. I had asked them to cook it Bleu (which means it's cooked on the outside, yet bloody in the middle). They were able to do this (often when I ask chefs this at Korean restaurants, I just get strange looks and speeches about how they cannot do, nor should I eat steak this way.)
Dessert. A warmed chocolate cake topped with ice cream, a butterscotch caramel pudding, and a beet brulee cake topped with gorgonzola ice cream and swirled shortbread cookies. The beet cake was brilliant and I loved the gorgonzola ice cream.
Directions go out Exit one of Itaewon Station and make the third? right (it's the one near the traffic light): make a right at "Pacific Shopping," you'll see OK2 Kitchen on your left.