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.
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. ,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.