A Fat Girl's Food Guide to Eating in Korea

The Beastro

Every since it first opened around a year ago, The Beastro has been one of my absolute favourite restaurants in Seoul. Their mix of new american cuisine and fabulous cocktails has me coming back again and again, which is why I chose it as the spot to host my birthday dinner. And then why I went back again a few days later for lunch. If you want to read more about the brunch menu then please see my previous post.

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To celebrate their first year in business the restaurant has undergone a bit of a face lift. One of the biggest changes is the rooftop, which now has a big giant conservatory on top of it making it usable all year round. The glass house has been pimped out with air conditioning and sliding doors for your dining pleasure. Though if you are still desperate to soak up those rays of sun shine and a have a birds eye view of Hongdae Park there is still a small seating area outside. ,

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Just like the rooftop the kitchen has seen some action too. It has been engorged to twice it’s original size and now takes up most of the first floor. They have also found room for a plush waiting area just as you enter, which has a lovely viewing window so you can see what the chefs are getting up to. The menu which has always been seasonal, has been switched up too, but don’t worry they still have firm favourites the 24 Hanger Steak and the Fried Chicken which you can read about here. Or if you are looking to see whats available for brunch then please check here.

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Since the fried chicken with biscuits and mashed potatoes is my absolute favourite dish on the menu, I was thrilled to see they are now offering a lighter version for lunch too. The Fried Chicken & Kale Slaw (14,000), is a nice twist on the classic fried chicken and coleslaw combo. The chicken was its wonderful crispy deep friend heavenliness that it always is, while the kale slaw is light and refreshing, and more in keeping with the hot weather we have been having.

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I have to confess that I was rather tipsy on my birthday, so after the first course my memory of the dinner is somewhat fuzzy (to find out why I was so drunk keep reading). However drunk or not one dish I do remember to be absolutely outstanding was the French Onion Soup Tart (15,000).  You pretty much had me at french onion soup, but throw some pastry into the mix and you’ve got yourself a party!  Oh my god was this good, flaky pastry, rich melted Gruyere cheese, and caramelized onions pure foodgasms. Yes it’s pricey for a starter, but go on treat yourself, you are so worth it.

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The restaurant revamp has left no floor untouched, even the bar has been supersized, along with the cocktail menu. They still have their reasonably priced classic drinks which are all 10,000 but they now have a big list of signature cocktails too which are around 15,000.

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We tried the Moscow Mule and Hwayo Collins, both 10,000 and new to the menu and utterly refreshing and delicious. The ginger beer for the Moscow Mule is homemade and lovely and gingery while The Collins is a light refreshing Korean take on the Tom Collins.

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I thought I’d save the best for last. The Martini Royal Punch (85,000) is the biggest drink I’ve ever had and was so totally awesome. It’s served in a giant silver chalice and probably has enough for around 20 servings. It’s a mix of raspberry, prosecco and other fruity goodness and was the icing on the cake of a very lovely meal. We actually ended up having three of these monumental drinks between us in the end. So I think you’ll understand why I was so sloshed. But since it was my birthday I think you can forgive me.

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The Beastro is located at 358-32 Seogyo Dong 2F, Mapo Gu, Seoul. To get there take a train to Sangsu station (line 6). Come out of exit 1 and turn back on yourself. Keep walking straight for about 5 minutes until you reach the Hongdae Park. Walk up the stairs till you reach the road that runs parallel and you should see The Beastro on the 2nd floor above M.A.C (Make-up and great food!!!). For more information call 02-334-2500 or check out their facebook page.

Magnum the Bottle Shop

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If you have ever read this blog on more than one occasion, it will be be strikingly apparent that I drink too much to say the least. A well made drink is just as important as having nice food in my book. At home it’s easy to find the spirits, wines, and mixers that we have all grown accustomed to having in our drinks cabinet. But here in Seoul where soju and beer are king it might be a wee bit trickier to stock your liquor cabinet with the good stuff. (more…)

Boiling Crab & Shrimp

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Last week I was invited to go and check out Boiling Crab by one of my very best friends. Having never had seafood in a bag before, I thought it would be churlish of me to reject his offer. I’ve always heard great things about this place, so I figured it was about time I gave it a try. (more…)

Left Coast – Brunch

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Last weekend I very sadly said goodbye to my best friend Mat. It was his last weekend in Seoul, so to commemorate the occasion we went for one last Sunday brunch.  We have both been regulars at Left Coast since it first opened, and since they just started offering brunch it seemed like the ideal location for the last supper.The brunch menu has a collection of popular American brunch dishes as well as a handful of their starters and burgers, and is offered on weekends between 11:30 and 3pm. (more…)

HBC Fest – 2015

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Twice a year the best neighbourhood in Korea plays host to the event of the season, the HBC fest. All the local bars and restaurants have dozens of bands and singers playing sets. Each venue has its own schedule which you can find here, This year’s Festival is on from Friday May 22nd – Sunday May 24th! (more…)

Cucumber & Ricotta Salad

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For the past few months I’ve been getting a bit pudgy round the middle, clearly having a job which involves me working in close vicinity of my fridge is not paying off. Now this wouldn’t usually bother me except none of my clothes fit and summer is fast approaching meaning my wobbly thighs will be on full display. I’ve decided to try and get back on track by eating raw till 4 again and doing a bit of exercise.  If that doesn’t pan out I’ll just buy new clothes, but I figure it’s worth a try at least. (more…)

Taverna De Portugal

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I’ve been hearing great things about Taverna de Portugal,for several months now, and had been desperate to give a try. Finally last week I got to check it out when my best friend Mat offered to take me for my birthday treat. The Portuguese family restaurant is located in the back alleyways of Sangsu. As we walked through the neighbourhood on a Friday night it seemed as though every other restaurant we passed had a monumental queue outside of it, but when we reached Taverna there were only a few tables occupied inside. However, clearly it was a late starter as by the time we had finished our meal it was packed. (more…)

Lemon Crepe Cake

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After the success of my first crepe cake a few months ago, I thought it was about high time I made another. My birthday was last week, and with a joint birthday party on the cards I thought the time for another cake had come. So I dusted off my crepe pan and set to work. (more…)

Il Gelato

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Il Gelato is a brand spanking new gelato shop located in Sinsa. The store is owned by Italian Michele Cavallaro and his Korean partner Jihyun Baik. They met while training at Gelato University in Italy and set about bringing real gelato to Seoul. While Seoul is riddled with ice cream shops, this one is the closest you will get to the traditional gelato you will find in Italy. The store has only been open a few short weeks, but it’s already proving to be a big hit with the locals. I sadly couldn’t make it to their grand opening, but finally got around to paying them a visit yesterday. (more…)

Sweet Space

Yesterday I was walking around Jongno, when I came across this little sweet shop, and after I saw the copious amounts of Rich Tea and Ginger Nut biscuits stacked up outside for 1,000 won a packet I had to go inside to investigate further.

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