Monday, March 04, 2013

Recommended Eats: Two Hands Burger, Dakhanmari and Zen

seouleatslogoTwo Hands Burger
Yep, it place is aptly named because you do need two hands to eat these burgers. At first grab the burger juices, condiments and maybe egg yolk (or chili) ooze out as you take a bite. The patties are chargrilled, the buns are whole wheat and toasted, and the fillings piled just right. I recommend their mushroom burger that has plenty of mushrooms and cheese and their Le Vert Burger which has bacon, egg, cheese, veggies and burger. Their seasoned fries make a nice accompaniment (that and a beer).

Haebangchon
Yongsan-gu Yongsan-dong-2-ga 45-10
02-6401-7705

Manseok Dakhanmari
It’s all about the broth. Here rich chicken broth is flavored with oriental herbs, mung beans, and spices. This broth is then used to cook a whole chicken. One of the best parts of this place is the sauce you make to dip the chicken in. You get fresh greens that you add mustard, soy sauce, and chili paste to your liking. Their dakgalbi and their dakbokkeum tang is spicy and quite good as well. You can even add noodles or dumplings after you eat the meat so you don't waste any of that wonderful broth.

Insadong
Jongno-gu Insadong 136 bonji
02 723 8286

Zen Hideaway
This stylish restaurant in Myeongdong has calming energy in a wide-open atmosphere. The interior has Japanese lines but with a Thai edge. The food is an interesting blend of Asian and Italian. Here you can get pastas with a spicy seafood sauce or salmon salad with a peanut sauce which is unfortunately named “salmonera.” Their crisp Roma-style pizzas are an excellent choice as well such as their ricotta chicken and broccoli and their apple Gorgonzola. If Thai is more your thing, they have noodle dishes and soups. If you prefer Japanese, they have sushi. It is a place that will impress whoever you take here.

Myeongdong
Jung-gu Myeongdong 2-ga 52-13
02-776-1461