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Mix & Malt

When I go to to Mix & Malt in Hyehwa its usually for the fantastically fabulous cocktails. However last week I took my girls out there to enjoy a delicious dinner too!


To kick the night off wen started with a couple of Mix & Malt cocktails.  I’ve written about the drinks before so I don’t want to go on and on about them but they are nothing short of amazing. My favourites include the ginger mojito, the raspberry mojito and the caiprinha. They are all around 11,000 each too which is very cheap considering how well made they are. It’s by far and away my favourite place to get a cocktail in the city.


For the main course we tried the steak, mash and green beans (25,000). A 24 hour sous vide steak on a bed of caramelized onions, mashed potatoes and green beans all floating on a puddle of delicious tasty gravy. I adored this steak and I’m not usually overly in love with sous vide cooked steak but this one was very special indeed. The outside had been seared perfectly so it had a nice crust, while the inside was still lovely and tender.  The green beans and mash were excellent too. Such a a simple but well cooked dish, you’d be had pushed to find better steak at a similar price in the city.


We also got an order of their buffalo wings (17,000). Now that may seem pricey for wings and it is, but you get a lot and these are no ordinary wings, they are down right amazing. Smothered in their home made buffalo dipping sauce then dipped in to the creamy blue cheese dipping sauce you will die and go to heaven. Perfect for sharing, if you like wings these are not to be missed.


Lastly we shared a poutine (17,00). A big bowl of fries topped with lashings of melted cheese and gravy. Not quite traditional but it ticked all the boxes. While I never believe that you can have have too much gravy, the fries soaked a fair amount of it up making them a bit sloppy by the end. While I enjoyed these I didn’t think there were able to compete with the wings and the steak.


You might have thought we would have been cold sitting out on the terrace in November but with their outdoor heaters and cozy button up blankets we were snug as a bug in a rug. The three cocktails I drank might have had something to do with it too.


I was particularly stuffed and a little drunk after everything I had consumed that night but owner Wendel kindly offered us a Kahlua cappuccino on the house. I couldn’t resist even if I was concerned I’d be up all night. And oh my god was this delicious, so sweet and creamy and the perfect way to end the meal. I’m going to be making these at home from now on, it’s the perfect drink for coffee loving alcoholics.


Once again we had a splendid night at Mix & Malt, the drinks are fabulous and so is the food. The space itself is also very special and like nowhere else in Seoul, there is a huge outdoor patio plus two floors of indoor seating inside. It’s the perfect place for a special occasion or even just a few cocktails with the girls.


Mix & Malt is located at 3 Changgyeonggung-ro 29gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul. To get there take a train to Hyehwa Station (line 4) and come out of exit 4 and take left and walk to the end of the street. Once you reach the end of the road take a right and go across the crossing towards Olleh and take the alleyway to the left hand side. Walk straight down that alley way and you will see Mix & Malt ahead of you. For more information you can call them on 02-765-5945 or check out their facebook page.

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Bills has been on my list of places to try ever since it opened earlier this year. It is the first restaurant in Korea from Australian celebrity chef Bill Granger. I was especially keen to try it as I actually lived above one of Bill’s Sydney restaurants and we often used to pop downstairs for brunch on a weekend. Living in that house in Sydney was one of the best years of my life so I will always remember the restaurant fondly.


We had planned to come to Bills to eat brunch, but unfortunately the brunch/breakfast menus end at 11am, as if anyone is ever going to get up that early on weekend! So what we had was the lunch menu which still includes some of the more popular breakfast items like the full Aussie, the ricotta pancakes, and more hearty sandwiches, salads, and main dishes from the lunch menu. It didn’t take long to notice that practically every other table had ordered the ricotta pancakes. While that’s clearly the dish that is most popular with the Korean clientele, we went for more of the lunch style items.


Since it was technically brunch in my eyes I used it as an opportunity to get a little sloshed so ordered the Bloody Mary (10,000). However when it turned up I was left wondering if the waiter had chugged 3 quarters of it on the way over. It was literally an inch high. I explained that a Bloody Mary was usually a long drink, but they assured me this was how they served it, so I added a glass of ice to it. Taste wise it was pretty damn good, very heavy on the horseradish which I loved, and made with divine tomato juice. It was good, however I just wanted it to be at least double the size. It must have been strong though, as I had a little buzz on. My dining companions were feeling a bit healthier than I was and both got got a smoothie. I had a sip of each but wasn’t blown away, which I want to be for an 8,000 – 9,000 glass of squashed fruit I could make for a quarter of the price at home.


First to come out was the coconut, chicken, nashi pear, watercress, and avocado salad (19,000). Rather expensive for a salad, but damn was it good. The chicken was tossed in creamy coconut and lemongrass dressing which was heavenly. The salad had a perfect balance of taste. It had a nice pepperyness from the watercress, and nashi pear added a nice sweet element, while the lime added a nice zing. It was light yet so flavourful at the same time, if someone else was paying I’d eat this for my lunch every day of the week.


Next out was  my Wagyu Beef Burger (21,000). A wagyu beef patty topped with Swiss cheese, pickled cucumbers, and served in a brioche bun. On the side was a dish of club sauce, iceberg lettuce topped with ranch dressing and a bowl of fries. The burger while thick and well seasoned didn’t quite illicit the “Mmm,” factor that the chicken salad did. It had the potential to be a perfect burger I just felt it a bit light on the toppings, it certainly needed the club sauces and some caramelized onions and salty bacon wouldn’t have gone amiss either. While it was a good burger which I would more than likely order again, to me it needed a little more to make it a great burger. I did however love the spicy ranch dressing that the iceberg lettuce was doused in. I have no idea now they got the rich smokey flavour but it was divine. I even added some to my burger which definitely kicked it up a notch.


Last to come out was the Duck Ragu (24,000). Parpadelle pasta topped with duck ragu with truffled umeboshi mushrooms, and leaves. Parpadelle is one of my favourite pastas and while this is a dish I would be unlikely to pick, I really enjoyed it a lot. The duck ragu was so rich and juicy, and was perfectly matched with fragrant truffle cooked mushrooms. I only had two bites but from what I had I was very happy.


For dessert my companion ordered the Baked Banana and Salted Sticky Toffee Pudding served with cream(9,000). If I was being very picky I’d prefer it with vanilla ice cream, but otherwise it was nice way to round out the meal. The banana paired well with the toffee, although a little more toffee sauce would have been nice.


Being a bit of a lush, instead of dessert, I had another cocktail. This time a Passion fruit Margarita (10,000) as they didn’t have the Bellini. I’m rarely a fan of a margarita straight up but this was beautifully made. The fruity flavour of the passion fruit really triumphed over the taste of the tequila and despite it being quite small it still packed a punch which I felt all afternoon.


Overall I really enjoyed our lunch at Bills. It’s a great location, despite it being inside the mall it’s still very light and spacious. The menu has a great mix of items and the booze is reasonably priced too. One word of caution they do not accept brunch reservations so I’d suggest coming early, we waited almost an hour for our table at 1 o’clock, though there are plenty of shops to look around while you wait.


Bills is located on 1F Lotte World Mall, 300, Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul. To get there take a train to Jamsil Station and come out of exit 2, follow the sign for the Lotte mall and then take the escalator up to the first floor. Walk straight past all the designer stores and outside into the other building. Follow the walk way to and you will see Bills on the right. For more information you can call them on 02-3213 4185 or check out their website.


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Mozzie is brand spanking new New Zealand bar attached to the new I.T.W. hotel . Located up on hooker hill just opposite Old Town, it’s a sign of more of the regeneration that even the most depraved parts of Itaewon are set to see. The large sleek and elegant restaurant fills the space well with its insatiably long bar which is divided between coffee, spirits, wine and beer. The restaurant also boasts a large patio which is set to have a large communal  table and chairs for those who want to dine alfresco.


For opening weekend all the draft beers were on a  1+1 special so TFB got himself a couple of Pilsner Urquells (8,800) which he enjoyed immensely. Not being a beer lover myself I was more interested in the liquor. As the place only just opened there isn’t a cocktail list yet, but they have a full bar and after expressing an interest in anything made with fruit and vodka, owner Simon brought me back a long blackcurrant soda and vodka drink (10,000) which tasted just like my Naughty Ribena cocktail.


The menu is made up of a mix of classic home style meat and two veg dishes like shepherd’s pie, rack of lamb, steak and sausages. In other words, proper comfort food that is just perfect for this time of year. After a gazing over the options we decided to try the Great Barrier Reef Fish & Chips (11,500). At just over 11 dollars this is a very cheap fish and chips and I was very interested to see how it fared. There were two generous sized pieces of fish coated in a nice light beer batter and a banging little tar tar sauce on the side for dipping. I had hopes that the chips would be home made but I guess that old Korean potato problem rears its ugly head once again. I asked about the possibility of mushy peas but was told this is a Kiwi bar and not English so they wouldn’t be serving them, but they do have peas on the menu so perhaps you could still get a side order.


As well as the fish and chips we tried the Captain Cooker Chops (16,500). I adore pork chops, especially my Grandmother’s so was so thrilled to see them on the menu. I’ve always been saddened that despite Korea’s love of pork this isn’t a cut of meat that’s widely sold. When the dinner arrived we were served up two huge pork chops, a mound of mashed potatoes, a generous serving of peas and a puddle of gravy. This was a huge dinner and you’d be hard pushed not to be filled up by this. The pork chops themselves while humongous were on the tough side, they were quite lean on the fat so that may have dried them out. We relayed our comments to the owner and were told they are still working on some of the recipes and he would talk to his chef. Other that it was a good hearty meal. This is proper comfort food that you’d have at home on a week night for dinner. Nothing fancy, just meat, potatoes, and veg. I also appreciated the generosity with the gravy, I like a lot and they weren’t shy in it giving it to me.


Overall I like what Mozzie is doing and I’d like to try a few more of the dishes on the menu. On the whole the food is very cheap, the most expensive dish on the menu is 31,000 but most of the dishes fall way below the 20,000 mark. Although it’s not a British bar, it’s serving lots of the home cooked food that I grew up eating so for that alone it’s a winner for me.


Mozzie is located at 126-7 Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-Gu, Seoul. To get there take the subway to Itaewon station(line 6), and come out of exit 3. Walk straight until the next intersection and take a right. Cross the road and take the first left (by Mr Kebab). Mozzie is up on your left maybe 50m up that road, opposite the infamous Old Town. For more information you can call them on +82 10-9417-9554 or check out their facebook page. Mozzie is open every day from 5pm-12am.

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Brera – Brunch

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. I love brunch. I don’t know why but it just seems so much more special than lunch for some reason. The combination of breakfast foods and booze is really hard not to love. Now the thing about brunch is that I am always desperate to try someplace new, I hate returning to the same places time and time again, despite how good they may be. So when I found out that one of my favourite Italian restaurants had a brunch menu, I couldn’t resist giving it a try.

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Thanksgiving Guide

Woo the holidays are upon us and that means turkey, lashings and lashings of turkey. Now being British we don’t usually celebrate Thanksgiving, but I’m on board with any holiday that revolves around food, so Thanksgiving is always an event worth celebrating in my book.

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Earlier this month I shared with you a post about how to get a delicious dinner delivered to your doorstep from from High Street Market, but for those of you who don’t want the hassle of cleaning up afterwards, there are plenty of restaurant dinners to choose from to get your fill of the season’s food. (more…)

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Gontran Cherrier


I love bread, pastries, and desserts. And while the big Korean chain bakeries have made big strides in the 7 years that I have been there, they still can’t truly compete with what we have back home. So when I read that a new French artisan boulangerie had opened in Itaewon I made sure it went on my list of places to try. (more…)

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Don Charly Taqueria


I was almost loath to write yet another post about tacos, as they have almost certainly hit their saturation point in the city, but since so many of you loved the original location I though it would be remiss of me not to share this new spot. The new Don Charly Taqueria opened its doors but just a week or so ago. I ended up giving it a try when the other restaurant I was hoping to visit was closed. I knew that DC was open around the corner so figured that it would do. I was never overly impressed by the Don Charly Antojeria location but thought they deserved another shot, that and I was hungry. (more…)

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Sponsored Post – High Street Market – Roast Dinners

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Now that Halloween is behind us, it’s time for us to focus upon the more important fall/winter holidays. The times of year when it’s important to spend time with your loved ones and stuff your face until your clothes are bulging at the seams. Back home Thanksgiving and Christmas mean turkey, however in Korea turkey meat just isn’t all that popular and coupled with this years shortage a good turkey will be very hard to find indeed. (more…)

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Pie Face


It was by sheer accident that I stumbled upon the wonderfulness that is Australian chain Pie face. I was on my way to Power Plant when I took the wrong set of stairs and had to exit using exit 1 or 8. As it’s not possible to double back, I cursed my bad luck knowing I would now have to try and cross the road, but as I walked past the row of shops, shining like a beacon in front of me was Pie face! I immediately crossed the street to investigate if it was the same chain of stores that I had grown to love down under. (more…)

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Texas de Brazil


When word gets around about a luxurious all you can eat Brazilian meat feast, it doesn’t me take long to drag my fat arse over there to give it a try. Nothing gets my juices flowing like the words “all you can eat meat.” A few years ago I was lucky enough to spend some time traveling in Brazil and feasting in the numerous rodizio restaurants was one of the highlights, so I was very interested to see how this one would compare. (more…)

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