What’s for Lunch? OK Kitchen in Itaewon

The OK Kitchen is a play on the Korean word, Hanok, which means traditional house. My friend Paul Ajossi calls this place the “best lunch set in Itaewon.” You can see his take on this restaurant here.
The interior is a stylized mix of modern and old.
I went on a Saturday and for lunch and the set included  Sweet Pumpkin and Gnocchi soup, Salmon two ways, Parmesan Flan (they ran out of the fig tartin), Australian Wagyu steak, dessert, and coffee. My friend had the Casareccia with Mushroom and cream. My meal cost 35,000 won, while hers only cost 20,000.
The meal starts out with some homemade foccaccia, tortilla, and cornbread. The cornbread is scrumptious.
Here is the pumpkin soup. In the center is the cloud-like gnocchi that melts in your mouth.
The salmon course (BTW, they smoke their own salmon) had one flavored with orange and capers, while the other had grapefruit sorbet. Delicious.
This Parmesan Flan was a substitute, but wow was it brilliant. the crisp, savory taste of the parmesan chip blended in an orgasmic fashion with the creamy, buttery flan.
They also gave us a vegetable dish. This one was just OK.
The Casareccia was great, but…
Not as good as my steak. I had asked them to cook it Bleu (which means it’s cooked on the outside, yet bloody in the middle). They were able to do this (often when I ask chefs this at Korean restaurants, I just get strange looks and speeches about how they cannot do, nor should I eat steak this way.)
Coffee
Dessert. A warmed chocolate cake topped with ice cream, a butterscotch caramel pudding, and a beet brulee cake topped with gorgonzola ice cream and swirled shortbread cookies. The beet cake was brilliant and I loved the gorgonzola ice cream.
Here is my friend Amy^^
Our waiter gave great service. He explained every dish and cleared between courses.
Oh, and they brought us Bay Leaf Sorbet to taste. Wow.
Directions go out Exit one of Itaewon Station and make the third? right (it’s the one near the traffic light): make a right at “Pacific Shopping,” you’ll see OK2 Kitchen on your left. 

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5 Comments

  1. Paula
    Posted October 22, 2009 at 1:59 am | Permalink

    lunch??? and you plan to do any meaningful labor afterwards?? ^^

  2. Hummingbird Appetite
    Posted October 22, 2009 at 2:25 am | Permalink

    Mmm. Everything looks great! Would love to eat there!

  3. dori
    Posted October 22, 2009 at 3:24 am | Permalink

    Oh, I definetly go there for lunch! thx for great post!

  4. dokebi
    Posted October 22, 2009 at 5:23 am | Permalink

    It must have been a gorgeous meal for both of u

  5. Verena
    Posted October 24, 2009 at 7:39 am | Permalink

    Great place to have great food! I agree!

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