A Fat Girl's Food Guide to Eating in Korea



A few weeks ago I was invited to a press event at Made restaurant in Sinsa. The Italian American restaurant fed us until we were stuffed beyond our wildest dreams. We pretty much made our way through the whole menu, meatballs, fried chicken & biscuits, eggplant Parmigiana, Caesar salad, tiramisu, and apple and caramel bread pudding.


So after such a lovely meal I couldn’t resist going back to try their brunch. Going to brunch is one of my favourite weekend pastimes, and the lovely light and airy restaurant with it’s semi outdoor seating seemed like the perfect setting in which to enjoy it.


To kick the brunch off we had to do cocktails. I had the sangria (5,500) while my first companion had the blood orange mimosa (8,000). My second companion was too hungover to enjoy a beverage of an alcoholic nature so he just stuck with water. The sangria was on as a special so it was exceptionally cheap. It was pretty good, perhaps a touch more fruit would have been nice but excellent for the price. I also enjoyed the blood orange mimosa though my friend thought it was a touch sweet. However it didn’t stop her ordering a second one so it couldn’t have been that bad.


While we were waiting for our food we were brought the complimentary garlic bread and arancini. I remember the garlic bread from the meal and was dying to eat it again. Baked on the premises, it is spectacularly good, crispy on top, soft in the middle and full of garlicy flavour. I thought the mushroom arancini to be incredibly cute, they were stuffed with a little bit of cheese, they had a nice texture but were a touch on the bland side without a dipping sauce.


For my main course I had to try the Eggs Benedict (16,000). There are three offerings, one with avocado, one with prosciutto, and one with salmon. Since they were out of avocado I went for the prosciutto. Two well poached eggs on top of lots of salty prosciutto, I enjoyed this a lot, and it was practically gone in minutes. The flavour of hollandaise was just right, and had a nice hint of citrus which was well balanced against the rich butteriness of the sauce. There was a a side of rocket(arugula) to round out the meal. All in all a good eggs benedict.


We also ordered the Baked Eggs (18,000) The basic baked eggs with marinara sauce was 12,000 but we added two meat balls for an extra 6,000. This was a cheese lovers dream. Two eggs cooked in a marinara sauce topped with lashings of cheese. The sauce itself was wonderfully clean, you could really taste the freshness of the tomatoes, and despite it being covered in cheese and coming with a slice of garlic bread it still seemed like a healthy option.


The last dish we ordered was the Caramelized Onion Fritata Sandwich (12,000) This was actually a nice amount of food for the price, a small caesar salad on the side and lovely hearty sandwich. I was given a bite of the sandwich and it was absolutely delicious, which I have no doubt was down to those glorious caramelised onions. I’d certainly consider ordering this next time if I wasn’t in the mood for Eggs Benedict.


With our second round of mimosas came a complementary Bacon & Egg Biscuit. Similar to the fried chicken one I had eaten at dinner, this one was topped with bacon, egg, cheese, and chili jam. If you are looking for a proper artery clogging American breakfast then this is it my friends. I’m not usually one for American biscuits but figured it would be rude to not give it a try and I have to say it was pretty good. The cheese definitely helped combat the dry clagginess of the biscuits and the chili jam really punched it up a bit.


Overall I was very happy with our brunch at Made, it was a nice change to get out of Itaewon, and to have a wander round Sinsa afterwards. It was surprisingly quiet for a Sunday, probably because everyone was in Itaewon. Made also has the added bonus of being across the street from the Hyundai department stores which houses the Marks & Spenser food section, so you can pick up a bag of chocolate buttons and a box of jaffa cakes for dessert!


Made is located at 578-2 Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul. To get there take a train to Apgujeong station (line 3) and come out of exit 5. Walk straight and take the first left, then turn right. You will see Made just ahead on the left hand side. For more information you can call them on 02-512-1050 or check out their facebook page. Brunch is served from 11:30-4pm each day, with more menu options on weekends.

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Great Britain Festival


The British are coming, the British are coming! Yes today and tomorrow Sinchon Literature Street will see an invasion of the British kind. The university neighbourhood will play host to The Great Britain Festival all day today and tomorrow. One of the highlights of the festival will be a performance from the The Coldstream Guards. The military band will be decked out in full regalia (those little fuzzy black hats and red jackets) providing excellent selfie material so be sure you don’t miss out. The performances are scheduled From 7pm-8pm on Friday & 12pm-1pm & 6pm-7pm on Saturday.


The festival will host stalls from the best of British brands including ASOS, Accessorize, Land Rover, British Airways, and Lush. There will also be screening of the new Bond 007 Spectre trailer.


However in my eyes the most important part of the festival is the food! My favourite British hangout Bulldogs will be serving Scotch eggs, Bangers, and Fish & Chips for exceedingly low prices!


There is also the most adorable caravan and deck chair area dolling our tea, coffee and Victoria Sponge. They very kindly let me try one and I have to say they were absolutely delightful, Mary Berry would be very impressed.


Super Jam are also in attendance hosting a stall and selling all their spectacular sugar free jams, preserves and spreads.


For entertainment the Play Bus is around, as well at street performing piano players.


The festival is on today Friday October 2nd 12pm-8pm and tomorrow Saturday October 3rd 12pm -8pm. To get there take a train to Sinchon station (line 2) and come out of exit 2 or 3 and walk straight you cant miss it.


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Chuseok – Where to Eat!

It’s that magical time of year again, the time when there’s a frenzy at the supermarket counter over the last bag of rice. Yes ladies and gentlemen, it’s Chuseok, and that means one thing, a 4 day weekend. For those of us who can’t afford to take ourselves on a luxury mini break there is still plenty to do in Seoul. If you aren’t cooking up a storm with your new spam gift set you’ll need to eat out and so here are a few of my favourites restaurants and their opening times.

Open Everyday 


Linus’ Bama Style BBQ – The American BBQ king will be feeding the masses (literally) each and every day. Saturday and Sunday they will take a break between 3-5pm Monday and Tuesday no breaks, so put that in your pipe and smoke it.


Block Party – The little restaurant up on the hill will be open everyday from 5pm and on Sunday they are offering a 30,000 set menu which includes an appetizer, main dish, and dessert.


Hidden cellar – Open from 2pm on weekends and 6pm weekdays. Roll up and grab a couple of drinks from the self service bar (they have everything) and one of their super tasty lamb sandwiches!

Closed Sunday Only


Lobster Bar – Chuseok is a time to celebrate and there is no finer way to do it than by eating lobster!


Volstead –  Cocktails and Mexican what else do you need? (drinks only on Monday though).

Closed Monday Only

Little Baja Taco

Little Baja – Seoul’s favourite fish taco joint has just moved to bigger premises on top of the hill at Itaewon-dong #549, 1st floor. So be sure to go and give them a warm and friendly welcome.

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Left Coast  – Gourmet burgers galore and a whole host of deep fried goodies.


Brera – Probably the city’s favourite Italian restaurant, don’t miss out on their handmade pasta, gnocchi and pizza.

Closed Sunday & Monday


Vatos  – Still my favourite mexican it’s the liveliest place in town to grab a margarita and a couple dozen tacos.


Manimal – Brisket, pulled pork, and the juiciest chicken I’ve ever had at this American style BBQ joint.


Beastro – American classics like you’ve never had them before, the fried chicken and buffalo macaroni shouldn’t be missed.


Libertine – New York comes to Seoul, one of my favourite places to brunch.


Bulldogs British bar and pub, fab food and the only place in town selling Pimm’s!


Home Delivery

For the lazy louts who are planing to spend the whole weekend in bed both of my favourite food delivery services will be operating over the holidays..

y not

Y-Not delivery will be delivering each and every day. Take out for everyone!

bird riders

Bird Riders delivery will be closed during Sunday lunchtime and all day Monday.



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Donut Guys


Last night I had an hour to kill in Hongdae and was pondering where to go and get a coffee, when I recalled that there was a new donut shop in the area, never one to miss out on a deep fried dessert I trundled off to give it a try.


After negotiating my way around the myriad of alleyways I found the store just as my dining companion was arriving, it was a feat of perfect timing on both our parts. The shop is a pretty small bu it has a few tables inside and out. The menu has plenty of options and there is a nice mix of savoury and sweet donuts along with coffee and shakes.


I was in a savoury mood so decided to try the Heaven’s Door (4,900). A homemade donut topped with cream cheese, chicken tenders, bacon, jalapeno, maple syrup, and parmesan. I loved this donut, it was the perfect balance between sweet, spicy and salty and despite the random assortment of ingredients it really worked, it was like a cross between the Bacon Doughnut and the Jalapeno Bacon Cake that I made. If we didnt have dinner plans i would have eaten two.


My gal pal needed sweetening up so she went for the Tiramisu (3,900). Another home made donut topped with cream cheese, coffee, cocoa powder and cookie crumbs. I didn’t love this one as much as the chicken but it was still pretty tasty. It had a nice blend of coffee and cream cheese, and the cookie crumbs on the top added a nice crunch.


To wash our donuts down we decided to split a Nutella Shake (4,500). Sweet and creamy with a nice strong taste of Nutella, this was tickety boo, and not bad for the price.


I have to say this one is a winner for me, the menu had a great selection of fun flavours and the prices are very reasonable when compared with other desserts, they all run between 4,000 -5,000. We only tried the two this time but I have my eye on a few more including a caramelised banana one which I shall definitely be trying upon my next visit to Hongdae, they had cheap coffee too which I always consider a bonus.


Donut Guys is located at 340-6 Seogyo dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul. To get there take a train to Hongdae Station (line 2) and come out of exit 8. Take the first right and walk straight until the road forks, then take the right hand fork and walk straight until the end of the road and take the next right again. Walk to the end of that road and turn left, walk straight for two blocks and then turn right you will see Donut Guys just up ahead. for more information you can call them on 02-6369-3406.

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Lobster Bar


I’e been a fan of Lobster Bar pretty much since they opened. They have been operating for just over a year or so now, and in that time I’ve managed to try all of the sandwiches and their whole lobster. In the past few months they have been making some changes and adding new items to the menu, and they were super keen to get my opinion on them. It’s not often that I get the chance to take my man out for lobster, so I of course accepted their very kind invitation. (more…)

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The weekend beckons and it only means one thing, Brunch! This week I just couldn’t wait, so I stepped out yesterday for a bite to eat with my favourite lady who lunches.  After having a stroll around Gyeongridan we discovered Bimbom on the way to the new John Cook Deli and decided to throw caution to the wind and give it a try. (more…)

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Of all the food I write about, I’d say that a good 80% of it is pretty unhealthy. While it may seem that I live a wildly unhealthy lifestyle filled with cheesecakes and pizza, it’s not the whole picture. Despite the name of my blog I do tend to eat quite healthily two thirds of the time, and this is what has allowed me to maintain a 100lb weightloss. I love my fruit and vegetables and enjoy a green smoothie or juice most mornings and follow it up with a healthy salad for lunch. I snack on plenty of fresh fruit and nuts throughout the day, however when a burger is offered my way I eat it, I never deprive myself of something I want for dinner and somehow that works for me. (more…)

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Sponsored Post – Urban Street

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Today a super hip new app called Urban Street launches. Urban Street is a new app designed by Wired Lab aimed to help people find boutique restaurants or stores in different neighbourhoods in Seoul. Essentially the app is a bit of a mix between Four Square, Pinterest, and Instagram, but what sets the app apart from the countless others are the exquisite professional pictures. By using Urban street you can find all kinds of bespoke goods in different areas of Seoul. So whether you are looking for food or fashion you can find it all wherever you are in the city. (more…)

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The Little Pie


A well baked pie is one of life’s greatest pleasures.  Nothing can rival a shell of pastry which is flaky, golden and crisp while inside are chunks of tender meat and glorious gravy so rich you will savour every drop. Served on its own or with veg and mash, a good pie is very hard to beat. However a good pie is also hard to make, pastry that’s well cooked and not soggy on the bottom can be quite a challenge and rather time consuming. And with ready made pastry being very hard to find in Korea I’ve been left yearning for my favourite meaty treat for the past 7 years. (more…)

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Alma Restaurante

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When done right, Spanish food has always been one of my most beloved European cuisines. However despite the fact that traditional Korean food is often made up of small plates of food to share, tapas hasn’t really caught on in the way that other European cuisines have. So when Chef Manuel, previously of Mi Casa, invited me to come and try out the food at his new restaurant I quite frankly jumped at the chance. (more…)

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