Food - Dining Out
Sipping on black coffee while being serenaded by the melodious notes of a Parisian classic, you might forget you are in Seoul. It’s a café that would make Hemingway proud.
Tucked in a corner off the main street of Garosugil is Bloom and Goûté, a café inspired by the tastes, sights and sounds of Europe.
In a city with tens of thousands of restaurants, the concept of fusion food is no longer revolutionary. Indeed, it seems like every restaurant from your local jjigae joint to bigger chains like Lotteria is adding the word “fusion” to its menu — and then failing miserably at making fusion food.
Then there’s Simply India. The Daehangno brainchild of entrepreneur Hwan-gi Choi, Simply India has gone out on a major limb and succeeded. Choi’s menu is the product of a true culinary mash up: the fusion of Indian and Mexican cuisines.
It’s summer in Seoul. We are officially in the thick of the hot, sticky, moist, unforgiving, godless part of the year. You and some friends are sitting around deliberating about how to beat the heat. Suddenly, you have an epiphany: naengmyeon.
Down an unassuming side street, in an unassuming area of Hongdae, there is an unassuming storefront. Straight lines and navy blue may not usually capture your attention, but in this case you’ll make an exception because directly above a glass facade and a frequently swinging door there is a bold statement, big in size and reputation: Fell + Cole.
In a country renowned for the unmatched sophistication, quality and presentation of its products, Japanese curry is a refreshing exception: a sloppy cafeteria favorite enjoyed as comfort food cross-country.
Reilly’s Taphouse, a new gastropub in Itaewon, is setting a precedent for bars serving beer in Korea.
Recent changes to Korean law have allowed local craft beer brewers to enter the market. Consumers have become the beneficiaries of this increased choice, which boasts hoppier, richer, stronger and more flavorful beers.
Be honest, can you really get enough of pizza and beer? If you answered no, you might still be delusional about that ever-elusive beach body. The jig is up; summer is here, so let’s indulge.
Seoul has a hot new drinking spot – The Booth. The new pub opened its doors on May 11.
Situated in the same alley as Magpie and El Greco’s, The Booth has everything you need for a day or night on the town.
The concept is simple.
“We want to offer great beer and great pizza at a very reasonable price, in a funkily-designed place,” says owner Daniel Tudor.
The “Coco” in many Hispanic countries is the name given to an irrational fear, equivalent to the boogeyman. In Korea, it is simply a place to get the best fried chicken in the city. Now, now, I hear you say, fried chicken joints are as common as bar brawls in Club FF on a Saturday night. What makes The Coco so special?
As someone who reviews things food- and brew-related regularly, I've got a checklist. Yes, I know having a checklist for a brewpub sounds a bit uptight, but quality control in reviewing is nearly as important as it is in brewing. The point here is that you will find there are things that you need and things that you don't need in order for a brewpub to be great. At the Magpie Brewing Company, the list of “checks” is a short one:
— Good Beer - check
— Good People - check
— Roof/Walls/Seats - check