Originally published in the June Edition of Seoul Magazine. Reprinted with Permission.
The Gyeongnidan area is one of the hottest places for food thanks to the rise of young entrepreneurs that are focused on taste rather than slippery dreams of franchising. If you are tired of the Itaewon food scene, head out Noksapyeong Station (Line 9) exit 2 and cross to the other side of the street. Here are a list of some of my favorite new establishments.
Stop #1: Chan Bros. Coffee
Hands down, the best cappuccino I have had in Seoul. The espresso is perfectly pulled from the precise La Marzocco Machine and the milk is gently frothed to create sweet micro-bubbles of moist foam.
Chans Bros Coffee
Stop #2: Trevia Pizza di Roma
Hand-pulled pizza dough that goes through a baking and then a toasting process to create a snappy crust. They don't skimp on the toppings here. My favorite is the cheese-less Siciliana topped with tomato sauce, fruit capers, anchovies and real green and black olives.
Trevia Pizza di Roma
Price: 5,500-6,300 a slice
Stop #3 Bao
Here you’ll get properly wok'd noodles or rice with an assortment of different sauces and toppings. You first have to custom order your dish. I got the wide rice noodles, with Thai sauce, all veggies, beef and holy basil. The place has a cool hip-hop feel about it and sitting here eating a bowl of noodles makes me feel like I am in Thailand.
Stop #4 Siberia 1 & 2
My days of having to go all the way to Dongdaemun to get a proper bowl of Borsch with a shot of vodka are over. Offering a variety of Russian favorites such as Pelmeni (lamb dumplings), Pirozhki (buns stuffed with onions and potato), and of course light, crepe-like blini's. Their Cherries Jublini has vanilla ice cream with triple sec, fresh orange and lit on fire with Cherry Brandy. It's a dessert and a drink.