Central Seoul, Restaurant Reviews

Lunch at Stone Pot Kitchen



20130309-123441.jpg This is a new bibimbap concept restaurant in the Yongsan Station shopping complex by the Cgv theatre. It is an upscale take with bibimbap starting at 10,900 won. You get rice cake to start and a minimal number of banchan (3). The interior is stylish with good lighting and music. It has a bit of Japanese flair.

The rice bowls come out in a hot bowl places in a wood box. The Nakji bibimbap is nothing world changing. It is the same type of bibimbap you would get but they put the octopus in a fried flower bowl. The taste is good. A tad spicy and it has the regular veggies like bean sprouts, bracken carrots etc

The soba salad is quite good. We hot the large (11,900). The taste is refreshing with a bit of hear from the wasabi soy dressing. The meat was juicy and well marinated as well for being so thin. The salad with iceberg lettuce, celery leaves, and cilantro was a nice touch. Oh, just to note. The large 대 is not super big, I would recommend that if you are having a meal.

Overall, good concept and fairly good execution. It’s pretty much like Bibigo with a new name.

Stone Pot Kitchen
Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea, 338 Hangangno 2(i)-ga




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Central Seoul, Restaurant Reviews

Good Morning Hanoi



Good Morning Hanoi was a two at best. Which is sad because the one in Sorae Village is amazing.

The atmosphere at the Insadong store is stylish and hip. That’s about all it has going for it. Oh, and that the Jasmine tea is hot.

The green curry tasted burnt yet the vegetables were fresh and well blanched. The tom yam goong rice noodle soup had good broth but a tad too spicy. I didn’t appreciate the server plopping it down on the table causing it to splash all over. The noodles were over cooked as well.

I think they were rushing because it was lunch time and they were packed. Still no excuse. Especially since they charge nearly 15,000 won for a bowl of Pho.

Good Morning Hanoi
1 star out of 4 (poor service, rushed food and over-priced for what you get)
Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea, 175 Insa-dong


Central Seoul, Restaurant Reviews

Spicy Baby Octopus at Insadong Jukumi




I went for a quick dinner with a friend last night in Insadong and we found a new place doing spicy baby octopus.

The place is a clean, refurbished hanok and the place has a cute vibe. There are hand-drawn menus on the table and on one wall there is a sign written in calligraphy that reads: today is a good day for baby octopus (jukumi).

The food comes out in a hotpan and the sauce is flavorful. It is a bit spicy though so it is not for the weak. To balance out the spice you can add bean sprouts or ask for steamed egg (개란찜) (3,000 won).

The place is reasonably priced as well. Jukumi is 10,000 a person and 12,000 if you want to add pork belly.

Insadong Jukumi
2-stars (flavorful and reasonably priced. Service is terse, but I think it is because they are very new)
Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea


Cafes/Bars, Central Seoul, Restaurant Reviews

My Ode to Cheese: Wine Buffet at Bar Rouge at JW Marriot Hotel





Oh, Cheese, how I love to cut you.
The stinker and riper the better.

Oh, Cheese, how I love to pair you.
Dried fruits, hard nuts, and cured meats are your perfect bedfellows (a cracker just seems so plebeian)

Oh, Cheese, how I love to wine you.
You are so cosmopolitan and you are fine mingling with Italians, Australians, Africans, French, and Americans.

Oh, Cheese, lets stay together forever.
Lets see each other at every meal and every snack time. Lets make little cheese babies and help them mature into pillars of modern society.

Cheese, thank you for showing me a new world.
Thank you for just being cheese.
You complete me.