Central Seoul 2, Non-Korean Eats, Restaurant Reviews

The Smell of Defeat Layaly Dubai Restaurant





It might just have been what I ordered or maybe the chef was having a bad day but the food I had over at Layaly Dubai was bland and without character. I ordered the Laheum azine under the recommendation of the very nice owner. It is like flatbread with curd cheese on one and minced seasoned lamb on the other.

The bread was like and I could see where the chef was going with the flavors. There were hints of cumin and lemon there but the lack of salt just didn’t bring it out. The lentil soup was just thick and didn’t look very appetizing. The taste was alright but this had too much salt. (It is nice to know they do have salt in the kitchen.)

The mayonnaise dip sauce for the Laheum azine was insulting (and looked poisonous).

The interior looks mismatched and gaudy. The place is new yet looks like it is 15 years old. It is nicely located but they don’t serve alcohol so the balcony location goes to waste.

Anyway, the restaurant seems to be going through a rough spell and I think the place has potential and they just need to get some business to get them there. They should make the food better so people will talk about it. Folks, I can’t say the food is awful. I was just expecting more flavor. Maybe I will give their dazine a try next time. Maybe.

Layaly Dubai
* (1 star out of 4)
Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea, 586 Itaewon 2(i)-dong



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Non-Korean Eats, Southwestern Seoul

Charcoala: Massive Burgers and American-style BBq





A Massive Barbecue Bacon Burger at Charcoala
The restaurant is inside of a big red containers and inside they serve charcoal barbecued dishes on a massive scale. Everything here has a homemade touch. Salads are crisp, sauces are well made, and their meat dishes are massive and filling (bring a second stomach). Their burgers are massive and require two hands and many napkins. The atmosphere is very hip and the red container is a good date place if you are comfortable eating massive amounts of messy American-style barbecued foods and burgers.

Cost: ~13,000- 40,000
Gangnam-gu Shinsa-dong 654-12

Central Seoul, Non-Korean Eats, Restaurant Reviews

The Best Hotel Breakfast in Seoul


20121005-103516.jpg Since our company has started doing Incentive tours and events, I have been lucky to eat breakfast at many of the 5-star hotels in Seoul. We usually have morning meetings or lectures over breakfast. Now breakfast is one of my favorite meals, so I am very happy to organize these types of events.

Over the last few months, I have eaten breakfast at the InterContinental Coex and Parlas, Ambassador Hotel, Grand Hilton, Somerset Palace, Fraser Suites, and in the past I have been to W-Hotel and a few others. Anyway, my guests are always asking about breakfast in Seoul and I generally suggest they stick to a nice hotel breakfast or have an early and a late lunch.

Now out of the hotels in Seoul, I think that the Grand Hyatt has the best spread. Their eggs are cooked right, cheeses are rich, coffee strong, and the bread is really bread. The Grand Hyatt also has excellent cappuccinos. The other thing for me that makes this place stand out are their smoked fish. It has that sticky sheen of smoke and the right texture so you know it was truly smoked.

They seem to really care that their guests get off to a good start.

Central Seoul 2, Non-Korean Eats

CLOSED Guest Review: Poutine Factory

This is a guest review by Wilfred Lee of the Artist Journey Facebook Group. Photo by Um Misong.

I’ve been searching for the best poutine in all of Korea. I remember my days in Canada going to a Harvey’s restaurant and having them blow my mind with such a simple but ‘me gusta’ induced coma. Even Burger King in Canada had an awesome poutine! Hey, the gravy may not have been ‘real gravy’ and the cheese curds made the sound of wiping a window clean when you chew, but they were so vainglorious with their gracious portions of gravy and cheese, it was the perfect post party midnight munchie snack.

So when my girlfriend told me she found a ‘Poutine Factory’ by my gym (it’s okay, I have one cheat day a week), I was a little worried she might have been mispronouncing a completely different word, but lo and behold there is was! Although they have a variety of poutines, we tried the classic one as the foundation to measure the other ones. They come in two sizes, regular (6,000won) and large (10,000won).

Regular being a pretty adequate size, we went with that. The gravy was pretty good, compared to other poutines i’ve had, (sometimes runny and a bit discolored, almost like fries inside a broth) and they use proper cheese curds (although they were more gracious with the amount of fries than the cheese.) One problem I had with the poutine is the fries, cheese and gravy ratio. That is THE true measure of a properly balanced poutine. (yes even junk food has to be properly balanced)

That being said, the Poutine Factory need to lessen the portion of the fries, spread that mother gravy all around the dish in concentric circles rather than just in the middle where it drains into a little creek. And live a little! Throw in some more cheese curds! When you are at the end of a monster poutine, and there is more fries left than gravy, you need to start making some serious changes. I would say at this point, New York fries is still reigning champion in Korea so far in the poutine department (unless Taco Bell made some amazing dorito poutine—!!).

That being said, I hope that PF really step their game up and experiment with the true harmony of the three essential pieces of the perfect poutine.

Contact information

I can’t find it right now, but it is on the street near Craftworks down from Noksapyeong Station exit 2.