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Happy folks at Carnestation - Seoul

Happy folks at Carnestation

Carnestation: Carnestation

Samgyup-sal is a very popular dish here in korea. You will see the locals cooking it up almost anywhere. Last night, durring a pouring rain, I saw some college students grilling it up underneath an overpass here at Kookmin university.

It is basically pork strips which are grilled, dipped in a sesame oil sauce and wrapped in lettuce. Some people add rice, or kimchi, or other stuff to it. It is really up to the person consuming it. But as is the korean tradition, you cook it yourself at the table.

Anyway. The restaurant basicaly has a large selection of meat which you scoop up and take back to your table to grill. For 22,000 won it is all you can eat and drink (which includes alcoholic beverages) for a three hour period. I have never eaten so much food in my life! Plus, since you are making it yourself, it is cooked to order, how cool is that!

Favorite Dish: While Samgyup-sal is the big food there, there is another type called Mok-sal which is better. It is a thicker cut of pork, and typically does not have the bones still in it. It is also more flavorful. Mix that with a little Shigum-chi (A sort of spinach salad) and it is quite tasty!

For those who don't eat pork, look for Kalbi, it is marinated beef, also a bit thicker and without bones. But is quite tasty too.

Address: Near the Korean World Trade Center

Comparison: about average

Directions: Take the green line to Samseoung (219) station, exit at exit 4 and keep walking. It is about 2 blocks down on the left and in a basement.

Phone: 562-1239 -Gangnam

Price: US$21-30

Rating: 4

Theme: Local

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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The main dining area at OB Stadium - Seoul

The main dining area at OB Stadium

OB Stadium: OB Stadium

All you can eat Bulgogi and all you can drink OB lager! Sounds wonderful right? It is, the bulgogi is a little bit lacking when compared to a place like carne station, but it is still quite tasty and the price is right. In Ohio, when I go for Korean, one order of bulgogi and an OB lager costs about 18 bucks. Here it is all you can eat and drink for about 17,000 Won.

Favorite Dish: Everything is good, everything is meat though.

Address: 737-61Ho, Hannamdong, Yongsangu, Seoul

Comparison: about average

Directions: It is located at the far end of the Itaewon shopping district, near the Holiday Itaewon Hotel.

Phone: 797-4663

Price: US$11-20

Rating: 4

Theme: Other

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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Courtesy of the webpage. - Seoul

Courtesy of the webpage.

Woo Si Ya - Jongno: Woo Si Ya - Jongno

It's all about meat in Korea. Particularly Bulgogi. But this is typical of a samgyupsal place where you can grill your own. The bring the meat, you cook it, you eat it. Plus, for some reason, they have the best Kimchee I have tasted in Seoul.

Favorite Dish: Come for the Samgyupsal, sty for the kimchee.

Address: Across from the YMCA

Comparison: about average

Directions: In front of the YMCA, facing the street, take a left and go to the next intersection. take a left again. About a block down, on the corner.

Phone: 732-5514

Price: US$11-20

Rating: 5

Theme: Pan-Asian and Pacific Rim

Review Helpfulness: 4 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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Boshintang: Boshintang

Boshintang, for those who do not know what it is, is dog. Traditionally, it is dog meat served in a stew. There are other forms of it too, it can be steamed along with spinach too.

I was invited out with some of the people I work with who are sort of high up in the government. Not having been there too long and having already made a few cultural mistakes, I was determined to not mess up this lunch. Unfortunately it was here.

As we walked in I could hear dogs barking, not a good sign. On the muzak was the theme from lassie, and then there was the boiling pot, with its lid ominously shaking in front of me.

Yeah, I tried it. I almost made myself sick though. A few things to know. First, the dogs are specially bred, they are not your house dogs. Next, there are two parts to the dog. One looks like normal meat, the other is sort of a fatty part that looks like a strip of liver, but clearer. Stay away from the second. It is disgusting. Third, this is a very expensive dish, so if you don't think you have the stomach for it, don't try it.

Favorite Dish: Nothing. I made myself sick by thinking I could stomach it. In fact, I couldn't eat any meat for a week after this experience, and still get a bit queasy when I think of biting into that gooey fatty part. Nasty!

Address: Can't remember, was too sick.

Comparison: most expensive

Directions: Somewhere on the near Downtown, I think. See the webpage. I do remember it seemed to take forever by car from citty hall though.

Phone: 031-719-5959

Price: US$31-40

Rating: 1

Theme: Other

Website: http://www.boshintang.com/

Review Helpfulness: 4 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jul 21, 2004
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Kim Bap Nala: Kim Bap Nala

Kim Bap Nala is a little hole in the wal ltype Korean place that can relaly be found almost anywhere around Seoul. But this is by far my favorite. There is nothing fancy about the place, if you are not on the floor eating, you will be at plastic chairs, and the room space is cramped. It is a college hangout behind Kookmin University in Bugak.

The menu is pretty much what the name says. They have dishes consisting mostly of rice, noodles and seaweed. All local dishes, but all seem to be very good for the price you pay for them. I don't think I have ever spent more than 5 bucks for a lunch there most of the time it is clsoer to 3 bucks, and it is always great, and always filling. Plus, the ladies who run it are really nice and western friendly. Although, neither of them speaks english, so know a little korean.

Like I said, it looks like an average joint that you could find almost anywhere in Seoul. It just happens to be my favorite place to eat.

Favorite Dish: Well I have three. first, is the Tongatsu. It is a breaded pork, mainly a Japanese dish, but they do it very well here, and with a sweet BBQ sauce on top. Second, Nalmyoon. It is a cold soup with buckwheat noodles. Perfect thing to cool you off after a hot summers day. But the best thing on the menu is the pork over rice. It comes in a semi-spicy sauce with seaweed, lettuce, bean sprouts, and a little spinach. I like to mix it in with some kimchee for some added spice though.

They also have a good Bi-bim-bap, but I prefer the first three.

Address: Behind Kookmin University

Comparison: least expensive

Directions: Take the 1112 bus from girum station to its final stop at Kookmin Univ. get off and walk towards the women's dorm. There is a pass that goes through and takes you down a hill. You come out at a road. Make a right and it will be next to the "Buy The Way."

Price: less than US$10

Rating: 4

Theme: Pan-Asian and Pacific Rim

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jul 19, 2004
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This looks good, Rossini is better - Seoul

This looks good, Rossini is better

Rossini Italian Restaurant: Rossini Italian Restaurant

Probably the best Italian I have had in Korea has been at Rossini. Located just across the street from the Constitutional Court, it is easy to find too.

The ambiance is very modern, there are white walls with black dividers and modern lighting. A mix of Italian and Korean music is played, and the staff is well versed in Italian phrases. From the outward glance, it would not appear to be an upscale restaurant, but does indeed cater to an unpscale business and yuppie type clientele.

Favorite Dish: There is a Fettucini Alfredo which is unbelieveable! This is the first place in Korea where I think they have mastered the use of cheese in a recepie. While I cannot do seafood, my dining companions all raved about the seafood dishes too. The pumpkin soup was probably my favorite thing though.

The meals run anywhere from $15-35 per plate. This includes a salad, soup, bread and a small desert though.

The wine list is very good, but a bit pricey. We had a nice Brazilian Saint Helena Red 2002 with our meals that was around $127 per bottle. Was it good, oh yeah, was it worth it? Debateable. I like wine and enjoyed it. But I would have been happy with a lesser brand.

Comparison: more expensive than average

Directions: Take the orange line to Anguk station. Exit towards the Constitutional Court, but stay on the side of the road with Donut place, not the LG 25 and the court. Keep walking, it is a little past the crosswalk on the right.

Other Contact: 02-766-8772

Phone: 02-766-8771

Price: US$31-40

Rating: 5

Theme: Italian

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jul 17, 2004
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The Hard Rock Cafe, Seoul style! - Seoul

The Hard Rock Cafe, Seoul style!

Hard Rock Cafe: Hard Rock Cafe

When homesick for American Food and American Culture, there is only one place to turn, The Hard Rock Cafe!

Probably the best Hard Rock I have been to, anyplace on earth! The had the best overall selection of memorabilia from groups liek the Who, Rolling Stones, The Beatles (a kdoc favorite!), and Jimi Hendrix! But more importantly, the most beautiful waitresses anywhere on the planet. Most spoke English, and all provided incredible service.

The food was well above par for what you get at a Hard Rock in the states, and surprisingly, the burger I ordered well done didn't come out with any pink areas. Everything was good, including the Hunka, Hunka Chocolate-Banana Love, Ice Cream which didn't have that Asian Ice Cream taste to it.

Favorite Dish: Got to get a burger!!!! But the "Osso Buco" is worth the effort to get there for. It is a Pork Shank served with bacon-garlic potatoes, and veggies!

Address: 91-2 Chungdam-Dong Kannam-Ku, Seoul 135-100

Comparison: about average

Phone: 822-547-5302

Price: US$21-30

Rating: 5

Theme: American

Website: http://www.hardrock.com/locations/cafes/Cafes.aspx?Lc=SEOU

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written May 25, 2004
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