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Non-Korean Eats, Restaurant Reviews, Southeastern Seoul

Review: Masterful French Cuisine at Bien-être

Review: Masterful French Cuisine at Bien-être

by DuckConfetti

“If you’re looking for a taste of French haute cuisine at a cheaper price than you might find elsewhere, keep looking. Because… Bien-être is a bit hard to find. But once you make your way up the narrow streets and alleys, look no further! This intimate establishment has only eight seats so it’s best for 2-4 people and you will probably have the most luck by making reservations two weeks in advance.

The evening’s menu was written on a board at the front of the restaurant. The names of the dishes were in French and the details were in Korean. The only choices we had to make were between steak and fish, tart and souffle, and cheese (+5000 won) or no cheese. Wine range from about 70,000 to 700,000 a bottle.

My favorite way to eat is when course after course of fantastic variety and flavor get placed in front of you for hours on end. And this is just what I got. The evening starts with a variety of amuse bouche, and more delicious and intriguing morsels are paired other courses throughout. With its excellent flavors, beautiful presentation, and world class ingredients, 67,000 won per person (+10% VAT) is a reasonable price such a classy meal.  I took plenty of pictures, so you can judge for yourself.”

**** 4 Stars: One of the finest eats in the city of Seoul (and possibly the world) Bien-être (비앙 에트르) “

$$$ 20-80 USD

When did you go: January 2012

With Whom: Wife/Partner

Address: 130 Cheongdam-dong Gangnam-gu Seoul

Phone: 02-543-3288

 

 


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Central Seoul 2, Non-Korean Eats, Restaurant Reviews

ISearch of the Best Burrito in Seoul: Taco Taco Chili Chili = Blah…

 

Taco Taco Chili Chili

Written by Troyzitzberger

Oh burrito’s, how my hunger for you thrives. I search for you far and wide but have yet to find you in your purest form…(outside of Mexico that is).

In the search for Seoul’s best burrito, I just finished a mediocre imitator that was lacking the authentic pizzaz that the establishment across the street has. I’m talking about TACO Chili Chili. The establishment drew me in with their south of the border feel and use of red, green and yellow so I figured I’d give it a go. I ordered the chicken burrito extra spicy and still had to reach for the hot sauce. What the burrito had: chicken, lettuce, jalapeno’s, onion, rice, cheese, and of course the tortilla shell.

What it didn’t have: cilantro, the primary ingredient that separates the imitators from the real deal.

What it was lacking: chicken, there just wasn’t much in it.

On the flipside, the burrito wasn’t the largest I’ve found but it did manage to fill me up. For the price tag (₩ 7,000), it wasn’t bad. However, the best is still out there and I, being the determined young foodie I am, will seek it out come hell or high water.
Stay posted my friend’s, it’s out there.

Name: Taco Taco Chili Chili

Rating: 0 stars. No taste, no spice, no meat.

Cost: $ Under 10 USD

When Visited: December 2012

With Whom: Friends

Directions: Taco Taco Chili Chili TACO Chili Chili is located right across the street from Taco Al Pastor. Get off the 3 line at Noksapyeong Station, exit 2 and walk down the hill. It is right next to the Waffle Factory, Noksapyeong-daero 222.

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Central Seoul 2, Non-Korean Eats

CLOSED In Search of the Best Burrito in Seoul: Taco Amigo

 

 

 

 

 

In Search of the Best Burrito in Seoul: Taco Amigo

Written and Photographed

by Troyzitzberger

Having found the best kebab in Seoul I am now working on one of my new pursuits: discovering the best burrito Seoul has to offer. My first stop is Taco Amigo in HBC. It’s a nice and cozy hobbit hole that is open from 11am to 10pm Tuesday through Sunday.

I first ordered the chicken burrito (₩7,000), extra spicy.

When the burrito arrived before me I noticed that the burrito took up half the plate. Needless to say it was definitely large enough to fill me up. The tortilla shell came fully loaded with rice, jalapenos, onions, refried beans, green pepper, chicken, salsa and the key ingredient that makes it authentic, cilantro!

I must say the heat factor was mediocre; enough to satisfy the average Joe, but it left me reaching for the hot sauce. My main grievance with this burrito is the rice to all other ingredients ratio. I found that the abundance of rice distracted my taste buds. There was still good flavor but it didn’t have the boom that less rice would garner. The chicken was peppery and juicy. The vegetables were crunchy. And the cilantro reminded me of what anything south of the border should taste like. When it comes to bang for your buck, the large burrito filled me up at a cost that wasn’t too traumatizing for my wallet.

I am on to my next burrito destination, any suggestions?

Name: Taco Amigo

Rating: * *1 Star: Good: Food is good, but aspects of the meal could be improved
Cost: $ Under 10 USD

Directions: Get off the 3 line at Noksapyeong Station, exit 2 and walk down the hill. It is directly across from Taco Chili Chili and the Waffle Factory, Noksapyeong-daero 222.

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Central Seoul 2, Non-Korean Eats, Restaurant Reviews

Fine Dining Review: Peninsula Italian Restaurant at Lotte Hotel

Peninsula Italian Restaurant at Lotte Hotel
Osso Bucco over Saffron Risotto



You must have pickles at Italian Restaurants in Korea

Osso Bucco and Pumpkin Gnocchi are Top Notch!

by Daniel Gray (Seouleats)

The other day, my good friend and president of the company, Jia Choi said that every day seems to be a party. With many social functions and invitations to lunch, it seems that way. Recently, I was invited by Lotte Hotel to come visit their restaurants and give my thoughts on the food and service. So I went under the condition that I would be free to write whatever I liked. They encouraged me to be honest so I will.

Since it is winter, I was in the mood for some good Italian food. Overall, I haven’t been too impressed with many Italian places in Korea, but I figured that Lotte Hotel should be able to make something impressive- especially for the prices that they charge.

The first thing I did was to call the restaurant to make a reservation. This was a tad frustrating since the person taking the reservation kept messing up my phone number and my name. After trying several times, I eventually gave up and made the reservation in Korean.

When we arrived at the sumptuous hotel, the concierge directed us to the restaurant and we were seated. Peninsula Restaurant has two areas of seating. One is outside near the lobby and is very casual. We were directed to the inner rooms where our table waited. The restaurant inside is very open and bright. There is one room that has a domed ceiling and a private glassed in room that looks like a library. A very well designed restaurant.

They have typical Italian fare here: pastas, pizzas, antipastos, osso bucco, salads etc. There were a few things that caught my eye: the Caesar Salad with San Daniele Prosciutto; Organic Spaghetti with giant Clam, Seafood Risotto, Veal, and Lamb Chops. Since I was dining with friends, I decided on a tasting of different foods. My friends ordered the Minestrone and the Onion Soup and I ordered the Caesar Salad with Prosciutto.

For the main we decided on the Osso Bucco with Saffron Risotto, the Pumpkin Gnocchi and the Romano Pizza.

I placed the order and we were on our way. The waiter came around with some bread with some olive oil and balsamic vinegar for dipping. The bread was good- especially the foccaccia. The foccaccia had a bit of baked Parmesan and some crunchy salt- just the way I like it.

The salads and soups came out quickly. The Caesar dressing had the right amount of creaminess and anchovyness. The leaves were crunchy as well and the prosciutto added the right amount of saltiness. The onion soup’s stock was richly flavored with beef, caramelized onion and a bit of Romano cheese. The minestrone was fine as well. A good start.

After this course, then came a long wait. After we finished with our second serving of bread, we asked one of the waiters why our food was taking so long. The waiter asked the captain and then the captain came over and explained to us that the risotto on the osso bucco was taking time to cook. He apologized profusely and then brought us more bread (you can have too much of a good thing). About 10 minutes later our food came out which was brought out by 3 servers (I guess they could sense we were running a bit impatient.)

They brought out serving tongs (which wasn’t very efficient for getting sauce or rice) so I had to wait a couple minutes as I tried to get the attention of one of our waiters that were rushing back and forth in order to get a couple of serving spoons. After getting the spoons, I was able to try the food.

The food was great- no problems here. The pumpkin gnocchi in cream sauce was plush and you could taste the deep, orange flavor of the winter pumpkin. There was some truffle oil as well- which I think it could have been omitted. While I like the flavor of truffles, the oil is too over powering. The pizza was good as well. The crust was thin and it had ample toppings on it. I liked the capers and the anchovies that added a nice flavor to the pizza. The star of the lunch was the Osso Bucco. The veal was fork tender and flavorful. The risotto was cooked perfectly and had the right amount of pop. The saffron smell was light and it let it complemented the flavor of the meat.

And at the end of the meal, we were treated to a light dessert of fruit and some sweetened marscapone on a almond cookie.

Overall, a fine meal, but I did have some problems with the service. It was a bit difficult to get the attention of some of the servers. I’m not sure if they were understaffed on this day or not. This was further emphasized when I went to pay for the bill. I think that the server should have offered the bill at the table after our coffee but instead I had to go to the counter. Also, I wasn’t really sure which of the many waiters were assigned to us- it seemed as if they were working in teams. I feel that for a restaurant of this caliber, the service should match the level of the food. The food was the highlight of the meal and service should complement that.

** 2 Stars: Very Good: Very Good Experience. With a few tweaks, it could be exceptional

$$$ 20-80 USD

Peninsula Italian Dining and Wine
Lotte Hotel
Jung-gu, Sogong-dong 1 bonji 1st Floor ZIP: 100-070
02-317-7121
Visited January 2012 with Colleagues/clients

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Romano Pizza
Caesar Salad San Daniele
Pepper
Osso Bucco, Romano Pizza and Pumpkin Gnocchi
Pumpkin Gnocchi
Dessert
Jia Choi with head chef Bruce Lee!

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