Buffets aren’t generally known for high quality food, however the greedy food obsessed monster inside of me can’t resist them. The limitless options, the cheap prices, and the fact that you can eat as much as you want always have me salivating at the thought. Last week I bumped into an an old friend who recommended the lunch buffet at Pasha to me, I had just eaten but as I was passing I thought why not go and take a look. At first glance I was very impressed and vowed to return.
So yesterday I took my classiest gal pal along with me to give the lunch buffet a try. The restaurant is very well decorated in a Turkish theme, lots of gold, bejeweled glass, and giant genie lamps. Although the place was reasonably busy, we manage to snag ourselves a window seat and were able to gaze out at the majesty that is Itaewon high street.
The buffet is 12,900 per person for lunch which we thought an absolute bargain. There is a very nice selection of different hot and cold dishes. We kicked things off with some salad, grilled chicken, couscous, and vegetables.
For main dishes there are a couple of good chicken curry type dishes, lamb meatballs, beef stew, and a few pasta dishes. You also get a nice freshly baked Turkish bread brought to the table. Unfortunately there is no hummus or tzatziki to dip into on the buffet, I assume you would have to order it separately which kind of defeats the point of the buffet.
Not every dish is a knock out, the beef chunks in the rigatoni pasta dish were very tough but on the whole there was some very nice food, we especially loved the beef stew, grilled eggplant and three kinds of different Turkish pide.
For dessert there is some fruit, and a chocolate fountain with a variety of random items to dip into like croissant and baklava. Of course with this being a buffet in Korea there are some very random items like cereal, sweet pickles, corn salad, and those hideous fruit flavoured salad dressings but one the whole i was rather impressed. We left full and happy and I’d certainly go back if I was free for a weekday lunch again.
Pasha is located at 2F 189 Itaewon-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul. To get there take a train to Itaewon station (line 6) and come out of exit 3. Walk straight until you reach Coffee Bean Pasha is on the floor above. For more information you can call them on 02-793-6144. The buffet is open on Weeksdays from 11am-3pm.