All posts tagged: Hongdae

The Beastro | new american in hongdae

The Beastro is a well known and well hearted American bistro in Hongdae. It’s basically the Target of Western dining in Korea, everyone can take away something pretty good from it. My foodie pal Phil and I headed over there one gloriously awesome autumn day to have breakfast, cocktails and to overhear conversations in English. After living in Korea for some time, I really have begun to hate listening to stranger’s banter that I actually understand. I think I really always hated it, even back in America. Why is there something so irritating about listening to people talk about things that are not remotely about you. I’m sure I’m not alone here. Being in a restaurant and not understanding anything, living in a beautiful bubble of dumbness, there is something otherworldly about it. It’s one of the reasons I love Korea. Bubbles. My ridiculous sensitivities aside, the meal was very on the mark. I was excited before even going after reading the menu online and seeing a mushroom tart. MUSHROOM. TART. Did they know I was coming? They …

ANH | A Review

Anh is an authentic Vietnamese restaurant in the very pop/ ulated/ ular Yeonnam-dong. Most sites will warn you to show up as soon as it opens, and I’m going to go ahead and jump on that band wagon. Yeah…it’s cozy. And by cozy I mean it can sit under 20 people at any given time and you may be sitting with strangers. (awwwwkward) Luckily, we showed up right at 5pm when the restaurant opened. There was no line at that time, and since it’s against my self imposed foodie law to stand in line for food in the blazing hot summer sun for some food, I considered myself very lucky. The food is nice and I can see why people like it. Would I wait in line for it? Nah, not really. While the taste was nice, there are good flavors, but it had no real wow. I kept thinking back to a little run down spot my sister had taken me in Memphis, TN that had the most amazing pho.  That comparison didn’t help …

Sushi Shi-ro | A Review

On some occasions, it is permissible to eat about 5 pounds of white rice, right? What if that rice is topped with some of the best sushi I have found in beautiful Seoul? Well, either way, that rice went into my mouth. I was really pleased with our meal at Shi-ro! I think it can be difficult to find a mid-range price point sushi restaurant with quality leaps and bounds above the conveyor belt sushi. Each piece was made well, nothing fell apart and everything had a distinctive taste. The salmon, trout and herring melted in my mouth. I loved the mixed rice bowl full of salmon, urchin egg, crab and clam. And the abalone that had been seared was the first time I’ve ever tasted abalone that wasn’t steamed…divine. The atmosphere was really special. It is located on the second floor and they can open up the entire wall to a great view of the street below. The seating is around the chef preparation area so you can see everything being made. They work quickly …

Hongdae | Street Art

This is just a sprinkling of what you can find in Hongdae, near Hongik University,  as far as the street art goes. But, good god, it was a fantastic day to be there last Wednesday during the Lunar New Year! Very little in the way of “crowds” and most of the stores were still open. We had to hunt for a restaurant because many were closed but we got lucky on that end as well. I really just wanted to be out in the sun, taking pictures of all things colorful and spray paint filled. There is some real talent in those cans. And there is a lot more to take in, so head down there in the morning sometime before the waves of people buying cheap clothes and jewelry crush you under their brand new shoes.  This trip really geared me up for spring and jacket wearing weather. Come on, April!