Power Plant is a new and super luxurious and sleek industrial styled food court located in the D Tower in Gwanghwamun. The brand spanking new floor opened less than a week ago but is home to some pretty big players, with more restaurants being built all the time.
As you first walk into Power Plant you will come across the bar that serves drinks for all the restaurants, at the moment they are serving nothing but craft beer, but the head bar tender told me they plan to offer cocktails in the future once they have things a little more organised. If you despise craft beer as much as I do, then head to the Coreanos counter as they serve a collection of their giant margaritas! If you do like craft beer then look out for the person handing out free beer coupons by exit 3, I’ve managed to get one both visits, the beer they were giving away free was Pale ale, but still free is free and no purchase is necessary!
Currently in the space are Coreanos, Pizza de Buzza, Gilbert Burger, Lobster Shack (Lobster Bar copycat), and the all new Manimal Provisions. It’s been a while since I enjoyed some Manimal meat so we decided to order our food from there, but you can order from any one of the restaurants, then sit together in the community seating. There is a small summary menu on each of the tables, but you need to go to each restaurant individually to check out everything they have on offer.
After ordering we were given a buzzer and waited about 15 minutes for our meal, when the buzzer rings you can go and collect your food, though on weekends they will actually bring the food directly to your table via the magic of magnets.
We opted for the new Citrus Spiced Chicken Skewers, Pork Sandwich, and my favourite BBQ Chicken and shared it amongst us. The first thing we tried were the Citrus Spiced Chicken Skewers (12,000 for 3). I adored these, the spicy mint dipping sauce was absolutely divine it had such a wonderful balance of tang, sweetness and heat and the chunks of chicken were especially tender in the middle but nicely charred on the outside. My only regret was 3 instead of 5! It came with a nice orange ‘slaw on the side, which we loved too. If you are looking for a dinner that’s on the healthy side but no less delicious then this is it.
Next Up was the Pork Belly Sandwich (11,800) which we added a side of fries to for an extra 3,000. This was my least favourite of the foods we tried, the cider apple glaze didn’t really pack the punch of flavour I was expecting. I was hoping the meat would have a nice caramelization to it, and it would be topped with a nice apple sauce type glaze, but if it was there I couldn’t taste it. Also the pork itself wasn’t all that tender, usually the Manimal meats are melt in the mouth, but this slab of pork fell far short of that. As far as I know though, this is a new menu item, so hopefully they’ll work on it.
Lastly we couldn’t resist the BBQ Chicken (18,000), it’s been months since I last tried this at the original Manimal but it was absolutely outstanding. Juicy, melt in the mouth and lovely tasty skin. I’ve always been a breast lover myself, but I can’t get enough of these juicy legs and thighs. This version comes with an extra blue cheese sip and some veggies on the side which push the price up a little, that or the rents must be higher here.
Overall I’m loving the new food court, great amount of choice and everyone can get something different. I think it will make a really cool place to hang out and have an after work dinner if they can sort out the lack of cocktails. It’s also located very close to the British Embassy, so it’s the perfect spot to grab dinner before enjoying a few Friday night tipples.
Power Plant is located at 3F 5, D Tower, 17 Jong-ro 3gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul. To get there take a train to Gwanghwamun station and come out of exit 3. Turn right out of the exit and you should see D Tower just up ahead. Enter using the doors on the right hand side of the building then take the escalator up to the third floor then turn left, you will see Power Plant ahead of you. For more information you can call them on 02-2251-8333.