B’Mucho Cantina

B’Mucho Cantina in Hongdae – more specifically, Yeonnam-dong, the new hipster hangout just to the north – has been on my radar for a while, but it took me until ...

Review: Pick A Bagel / Brüworks Pop-up in Gyeongnidan

For years, I’ve been saying that a proper bagel place in HBC / Gyeongnidan would make a fortune. For years! I even considered opening a bagel shop on the HBC ...

Review: McPherson’s BBQ Pub in Omogkyo

Many foreigners in Seoul go to Omogkyo in the south-west of the city for one reason only, which is the immigration office in which many of us have spent many ...

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B’Mucho Cantina

B’Mucho Cantina in Hongdae – more specifically, Yeonnam-dong, the new hipster hangout just to the north – has been on my radar for a while, but it took me until this month to get along there. I’m now cursing the delay, because it’s a terrific spot. One of the smallest restaurants in the neighbourhood, the […]

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Review: The Royal Food & Drink in HBC

Café culture was never something I was that keen on – perhaps because I come from Glasgow, where most all social interactions centre around the pub. If there’s one thing that living in Seoul is slowly bringing me around to (other than eating fermented cabbage), though, it’s the joy of a good café. The Royal […]

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Review: Pick A Bagel / Brüworks Pop-up in Gyeongnidan

For years, I’ve been saying that a proper bagel place in HBC / Gyeongnidan would make a fortune. For years! I even considered opening a bagel shop on the HBC main road. The only thing that stopped me was (a) I don’t have the money to open a bagel shop (b) I don’t know how […]

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Review: McPherson’s BBQ Pub in Omogkyo

Many foreigners in Seoul go to Omogkyo in the south-west of the city for one reason only, which is the immigration office in which many of us have spent many wonderful and fulfilling hours of our lives. I’m happy to say that there is now another reason to make the relatively short trip out to […]

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Orang Orang in Haebangchon

The phrase “hidden gem” is wildly overused in all walks of life, not least among pretentious bloggers writing about food and drink. But in this case it is quite justified, because this new HBC cafe is about as well hidden as any establishment could ever be. It’s no exaggeration to say that you could spend […]

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Scopa the Chef in Itaewon

Valentine’s Day, and love is in the air. You must have noticed? All weekend, Gyeongnidan was full of sickening couples engaging in very public displays of affection which you’d never have seen in Korea a few years back (thanks, Obama). My Facebook is still full of nauseating photos of flowers, chocolates, and motivational quotes about […]

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Pop-up Review: Windy City Pizza

I’ve travelled quite widely in the States, and ate my way from Tex-Mex in Texas, through Cincinnati chili (don’t ask) to some awesome NY pizza in the tourist traps of Bleecker Street and beyond, but one thing that had evaded my radar until this week was Chicago-style deep dish pizza. I knew it existed and […]

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Samonim Donkatsu (사모님 돈가스) in Hongdae

I’m a sucker for good donkatsu. It was one of the first things I ate in Korea – given to me by a solicitous 원장님 who was worried I wouldn’t eat anything spicy – and I often find myself wandering into a Saboten or Misoya when I need to grab a bite after work or […]

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Bite-size Review: Munbaedong Yuk-Kal (문배동 육칼) in Samgakji

Always on the lookout for new things to try and new lunch spots within an easy reach of my HBC redoubt, I stumbled upon something interesting last week – a small chain of restaurants that serve one of my favourite Korean soups, yukgaejang (육계장) with a big bowlful of kalguksu noodles to pour into your […]

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Bite-size Review: Pho For You in Gyeongnidan

Regular readers will be aware of my enjoyment of Vietnamese pho, which for the uninitiated is a beef and noodle soup served with herbs, thinly sliced onions, lime and chilli sauce to taste. Most Korean chain pho is rubbish, but there is the odd gem here and there doing it right, most notably Pham Thi […]

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