10 Best Korean Chicken Joints

My rule of thumb is this. To tell a good chicken place, look at the people inside. If it’s full of beautiful young women taking selfies, likely isn’t good chicken. If it’s full of middle-aged men who look like life has kicked them in the teeth–GREAT CHICKEN!

The Pancake Epidemic

“Come for the Stumptown Coffee; stay for the dangerously delicious pancakes.” (Jake R.)

WinK Kitchen & Taphouse

There aren’t many great American pubs south of the river, particularly near Gyodae. WinK is not only a good option, it’s worth a trip across the river.

NEW “Gangnam Style” Menu at Park Hyatt Seoul

I was invited by the Park Hyatt Seoul to try their new "Gangnam Style" menu. Longtime readers will remember how jaded I've become to Korean fine dining. It all tends to be about presentation while flavor takes a bland backseat. I'm happy to say that things are...

General Banjum 제네럴반점

Location: COEX Cuisine: Korean-Chinese Reservations: Not necessary Suggested Items: I had tried General Banjum in its earlier incarnation in Gangnam. It's Korean-Chinese but notched up quite a bit. As usual per greedy Gangnam landlords, they increased the rent so much...

Where is there Teppanyaki in Seoul?

JW Marriott, near Express Bus Terminal, has been giving a teppanyaki makeover to its Japanese restaurant Mikado. For the month of May, guest chef Cyrus Mann A. Platon, a teppanyaki master from Benihana at Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa in Australia, will...

New Menu at Craftworks Euljiro

We all know Craftworks. But have you been to the Euljiro location in north Seoul? It's in the basement of the Pine Avenue Building outside Euljiro 3-ga Station, exit  12 (map at the bottom of the post). I was invited by them to check out this new menu that only this...

Mi Casa 미카사

Location: Itaewon Cuisine: Spanish Reservations: Taken Suggested Items: Anything with jamon, the cool wine pouring system No, not at my house... I was invited to a press dinner a few weeks ago at Mi Casa, the Spanish restaurant in Itaewon, caddy corner from Three...

Linus’ Bama Style BBQ 라이너스 바베큐

Location: Itaewon Cuisine: American BBQ Reservations: Taken Suggested Items: Pork, Brisket, Ribs, Fried Mac & Cheese Balls, Skinny Fries... EVERYTHING Birmingham, Alabama, native Linus Kim started making his mark in Seoul by holding BBQ pop-up restaurants for a...

Second Kitchen

Location: Hannam-dong Cuisine: American Reservations: Yes Suggested Items: Burger, Shrimp Polenta, Cocktails Tucked away new UN Village, Second Kitchen is casual fine dining with Italian and New American styles. They're famous for their burger, but the surprising...

Gobchang’s Jogeon 곱창의 조건

Location: Hongdae Cuisine: Korean Reservations: No Suggested Items: Cheese Gobchang, Cheese Dalkbal, Gobchang Gui There's this trend of putting mozzarella cheese on Korean food. And in some cases it works. This row of gobchang (intestine) joints in Hongdae are doing...

Grilled Intestines in Gangnam–Yeontabal

Location: Gangnam, Sinsa, Jongno Cuisine: Korean BBQ Reservations: Recommended Suggested Items: Hanu ribeye Other Amenities: English menu, Valet parking Phone: Check map Location  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_oyFqh_zWa8 * Please help complete...

Myongwolgwan 명월관

Location: Sheraton Walkerhill Cuisine: Korean, Fine Dining Reservations: Recommended Suggested Items: Beef Galbi, Yukhwe Other Amenities: English spoken, Valet parking Phone: 02-450-4595 Location    * Please help complete this review by...


Location: City Hall, Lotte Hotel Cuisine: French, Korean, Fine Dining Reservations: Recommended Suggested Items: ANYTHING Other Amenities: English, French spoken, Valet parking Phone: 02-317-7181 Location  * Please help complete this review by...

Dos Mas

Location: Chain Cuisine: Mexican Reservations: No Suggested Items: Burrito   Other Amenities: Some English on the menu     * Please help complete this review by adding information in the...

Baru Gongyang Kong 바루공양 콩

The little sister to Baru Gongyang (also spelled puzzlingly “Balwoo”) is best known as a lunch stop. It’s in the Temple Stay building across from Jogyesa Temple. I used to go there regularly, but the management there was getting increasingly rude and patronizing. After a year, I decided to return. It has changed a lot.

Burgers From Mother’s Office in Noksapyeong

Address:  서울시 용산구 이태원 동 580 2층 580, Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul 2nd Floor Telephone: 070-4158-1669 Parking: Unavailable Alcohol: Bottled and draft beer, cocktails available Tip: Mother's Office has a special lunch menu on weekdays in which...

Nonhyeon-dong Style: “Hopscotch” Gastro Pub

Long before Psy warbled about it, Gangnam was Korea’s capital of cool, but hipsters with taste (are there any…?) may now be heading for the neighboring hood of Nonhyeon-dong. Here, their destination is a spot called “Hopscotch.”

Review: Dick Blomster's Korean Diner, Guerneville, Calif.

Finding California wine country's hottest new 한식 hanshik (Korean food) can be as challengingly fun as discovering next pinot noir wine sensation, but it's equally well worth the effort. Dick Blomster's Korean Diner, formerly known as Hi Five Korean/American Diner,...

Quan Kim Huyen VietNam

Location:Near Osan Station
Cuisine: Traditional Vietnamese Food
Price: $
Reservations: No
Suggested Items: Fresh Rolls, Sae-u Gogi Deopbap 새우고기 덮밥, Pho

Maison de Creme

Location: Pyeongtaek, Near Newcore
Cuisine: French
Price: $$
Reservations: No
Suggested Items: Earl Grey Chiffon Cake, Raspberry Macaron, Chocolate Macaron, Ice Teas, Everything Else

8 Great Korean Restaurant Franchises (and bad ones)

There's something I'd say for Korea that I wouldn't say for America--there are some freakin' good restaurant franchises that I'd recommend even over independent restaurants. Their quality is consistently good. These would also be great brands to export. I'm leaving...


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Chili King 칠리킹

Cuisine: Burgers
Price: $$
Reservations: None
Suggested Items: All the burgers, Chili

Cafe Ogam 오감

Location: Anguk-dong
Cuisine: Cafe, Pizza
Price: $$
Reservations: Sure
Suggested Items: Capricciosa Pizza

BCD Tofu House – Los Angeles

Bukchang-dong (or BCD) Tofu House has been one of the most popular Korean restaurants for years. I believe it's one of those rare Korean restaurants that was born in America and made its way back to the Motherland, Korea. They have 15 locations in and around the Los...

Bukchon Mandu 북촌만두

Location: Franchise
Cuisine: Korean
Price: $
Reservations: No
Suggested Items: ManduGuk (Dumpling Soup), Sae-u Mandu (Shrimp-filled Dumplings), Modeum Mandu (Dumpling Sampler)

Dong Indong 동인동

Location: Sinsa-dong
Cuisine: Korean
Price: $$
Reservations: Taken
Suggested Items: Galbi Jjim, Gul Jeon (Pan-fried Oysters)

Palsaik Korean BBQ – Los Angeles

I would like to deeply apologize, to all the ZenKimchi followers, for my long absence. I'll be more diligent in posting more often. One of the representative Korean foods is 삼겹살 (samgyupsal), uncured pork belly, or the Korean bacon. As a matter of fact, samgyupsal's...

Dandy Pink

Location: Gyeongridan/Itaewon
Cuisine: Tapas, Creative American, Bar Food
Price: $
Reservations: No
Suggested Items: Magpie Porter

Grilled Intestines in Gangnam

The fine folks at Yeontabal 연타발 invited me over for a night of some lovely beef intestines and heart. I'm usually skeptical of a lot of upscale Korean restaurants because they usually think fine dining is just a bunch of...

King of the (Don)Kasu

Of all the places my wife and I have tried donkasu together, including a 50,000 won per person place in Tokyo, we never expected that it would be in the middle of nowhere in North Jeolla province that we would find the donkasu by which all other donkasu would be...

Cheonghakdong 청학동

Location: Mapo Cuisine: Korean, Snack Food, Pub Grub Price: $-$$ Reservations: No Suggested Items: Modeum Jeon (Various Pancakes), Modeum Twigim (Various Fried Things) Even if you don’t eat here, it’s worth it to check out the colorful Korean pancake market below....


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