Korean Eats, Northwest Seoul

The Real Korean Hanwoo Restaurant: Daedo Sikdang








20120914-071927.jpg This is the real Korean beef restaurant and it hasn’t really changed much in over 20 years. It is in a classic looking hanok and there is only one meat on the menu: Hanwoo (Korean Beef). You cool it on a cast iron pan with some cow fat to grease the pan.

How’s the meat?

Perfect. You get some different cuts of beef. Some are richly marbled like snowflakes and other are more fleshy. You cook I on the pan briefly since you wouldnt want to burn your 38,500 per order meat.

Afterwards, I recommend their fried rice. They take liquid from their turnip kimchi and cook it down and mix it with rice. It makes a risotto like dish with Korean accents.


Seungdong-gu Hongik-dong 431 (Wangshipri flagship); +82 2 2292 9772; 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; www.대도식당.kr

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Northwest Seoul, Restaurant Reviews

Food Diary: Hongdae Food





20120830-233345.jpg Hongdae (Hongik Station) is youthful energy that is like a shaken bottle of champagne. Any second it could explode. When it does it just explodes into fun and excitement. This is the area where the wacky and the edgy trends start. They take a risk here and they could make it or not.

Some of my favorite recent finds include the Hello Kitty Cafe. I know it is cheesy and weird but everyone I have taken there has a blast. Just go there for kicks. The coffee isn’t terrible nor are the desserts.

There is also Cat’s Living which is like. Cafe but with 10 or so cats running around. It is gimmicky and cute but the place smells like kitty litter (gross). It is 8,000 won for entrance and this includes a free drink.

If you want real coffee head over to Coffee Lab. They roast some magic beans there.

Food there is Monster Pizza which sells pizza by the slice. The slices are big and are foldable. The sauce is good and the cheese is baked brown good. The only problem is that the crust is a bit doughy and dense. If this is improved this could be a very decent slice. (I am thinking maybe I should start a place to show others how it could be done.)


Cafes/Bars, Northwest Seoul, Restaurant Reviews, Snack Food/ Desserts

Patbingsu at Book Cafe in Yanghwa Road




20120810-173143.jpg You know what? I have come to terms with Patbingsu. It is just a milkshake with red beans and other stuff. Its actually better than a milkshake because it is not as rich and heavy. I am sitting at Book Cafe in Yanghwa Road (which is down from Hapjeong station). It’s like the new developing part of Hongdae that has been like developing for many years. It’s still hip and not over congested and I think I have found my new favorite cafe. The place is filled with books and people working on stuff. The space just inspires me. While they work on something meaningful, I blog.

The cafe is inventive and their deserts look bombdiggity (choco banana Charlotte, real pumpkin pie, and lemon tiramisu) their Patbingsu (12,000 krw) is righteous as well. Lots of nuts, good beans that aren’t too sweet, frozen milk under a layer of crushed ice, rice cake and a scoop of ice cream. The mint was a bit much (doesn’t jive with the rest of the stuff for me). When it all mixed together it became a wonderful milkshake like drink.


Recommended. 4 stars

Book Cafe (책방자음과모음카페)
Mapo-gu Yanghwaro 6gil 49

Korean Eats, Northwest Seoul, Restaurant Reviews, Snack Food/ Desserts

WTF: An Butter Bread: Butter, Sweet Red Bean on Bread


Spotted over in Hongdae, Bread 05, always seems to have a line out the door of its little bakeshop and everyone is in line for their An Butter Bread. It is a wonderfully crusty and soft cibatta roll stuffed with a sliver of butter and sweet red bean. The butter was good, the red bean made this…not so good. The butter was also not melted and I don’t think it was supposed to be. Meh. Interesting, but never again. I would go there to get the bread with butter minus the red bean next time. If you are into red bean though, I recommend you check it out.

Bread 05
Mapo-gu Seogyo-dong 408-25
Open 8am-10pm Closed Monday

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