Category: Restaurant Reviews

McCoy’s

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With my jam packed schedule it has actually been quite a while since I last had a chance to eat at my favourite HBC bistro, McCoy’s. So when they invited me back to try their new menu, i just couldn’t say no. I last reviewed the cute and quaint eatery at the end of last year, when it became one of my most popular date night restaurants. Not only is the place absolutely adorable, the food is also fantastic and it’s very well priced. I hoped that nothing had changed in that department since my last visit and luckily I wasn’t disappointed.

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The menu at Mccoy’s changes seasonally as almost all of the fresh ingredients are locally sourced. Chef Denis explained all of the new items, and knowing what fantastic taste he has, I left it up to him to make our selections while we enjoyed a refreshing glass of white wine (6,000). Our first dish was the Salmon Gravlax with Feta Cheese and Summer Melon (19,000). Like every other dish that comes out from the kitchen, this salad was a work of art. I’d love to have the skills to make my salads as beautiful as this one.  As discussed many times, I’m picky with salmon, but this gravlax  was really special. The thin slices of cured fish were so fresh and just melted in the mouth. Mingled with the feta and melon and balsamic dressing, the dish had a perfect balance of sweet, salty and sour. It was incredibly light and refreshing and we both loved it.

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For our main course we had the Chicken Fricassee (23,000), which was served in the most adorable little pot. Once I lifted the lid I found stuffed chicken thighs, and a creamy white wine risotto. I adored this, I would have licked that pot clean if my spoon hadn’t done such a good job of scraping up every last morsel. The juicy chunks of chicken thigh were divine, especially when smothered in the rich and creamy sauce. The seasonal veg also added a nice bit of crunch and colour. I loved this dish so much I even bought the ingredients to recreate it on my way home. Mine wasn’t as good as chef Denis’, but I know have really enjoyed a meal when I want to make it myself the next evening!

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Lastly for dessert we were given a small plate of fruit. Usually I don’t consider fruit to be dessert but this was so exquisitely elegant that I couldn’t help but be impressed. The melon, nectarines, and figs were great way to round out the meal. Chef Denis is actually offering this as a free dessert for anyone who makes a reservation for a dinner from now until the end of November. so be sure to call ahead before you go, and mention this offer when booking.

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I adore Mccoy’s and feel that we are so lucky to have such a place in our neighbourhood. I’ve yet to have a dish that wasn’t delicious and incredibly pretty to look at. Prices are great and you can eat well for 30,000 a head, or incredibly for 50,000. The small and intimate atmosphere make it perfect for the Autumns and chilly nights we will soon be having, when the last thing you want to do is trek across town. If you’ve yet to go, I insist you try it, and if you have been before it’s time to go back!

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McCoy’s is located at 1 Sinheung-ro 12gil, Yongsan gu, Seoul. To get there take a train to Noksapyeong Station and come out of exit 2. Walk straight to the end of the road, then take the road baring left and walk straight pas the Kimchi Pots. McCoy’s is located at the very end of the HBC road just past Woori Mart, it’s just up ahead in the right hand corner. For more information you can call them on 070-8872-9292 or check out their facebook page.

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Pub of the Month – Phillies

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I’ve decided to add a new feature here at Fat Girl entitled “Pub of the Month”. You may be aware that over the past year or two a lot of long established expat watering holes have closed their doors for the last time. They may have had toilets that smelled like chlamydia, floors stickier than jam, and furniture that was falling apart, but they were there for us when we needed them. The times we were too drunk to get into that fancy club, when we were so pissed no one else would serve us, to provide us with fried foods to help sober us up for the long journey home, to never judge us for the mingers we hooked up with, or to mention that time when we threw up all over the pool table. Those pubs were there when we were feeling down and lonely and needed to go somewhere where everyone knew our name. I might drink a lot less that I did 8 years ago but I feel it’s my duty to support my old favourite drinking holes so they too don’t suffer the same fate from rent hikes and be turned into yet another coffee shop. (more…)

Huggers

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Right now in the foodie world  it seems as though burgers are the new black. Nary a day goes by without me getting another recommendation for Seoul’s latest best burger. On my burger quest I’ve tried more than my fair share, but I’d yet to have never had a vegan burger in Seoul. So when I saw there was a new vegan joint in town, I figured it was worth a try, especially since I have been trying to be a little bit healthier lately. (more…)

The Pancake Epidemic

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As you may know I have been eating healthy of late, but I thought the perfect way to break my fast would be with that old American favourite, pancakes. I’m not usually a huge lover of pancakes, but I have always heard good things about The Pancake Epidemic (TPE), so when I was in the area with friends last week we figured it was worth a try. (more…)

Rye Post

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For a couple of years now Rye Post has been known for its excellent sandwiches. I first wrote about it three years ago when they opened in their original location, then updated when they moved up on to the main street just underneath Dillinger’s. Well the peeps at Rye Post have recently revamped the menu so that they now have a couple of burgers available, which I think is a rather marvellous thing.

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If you read this blog regularly you know how much I adore a good burger, you’ll also know how I long to find a true 10/10 mouthful of meaty Mmmming goodness. Now my burger search has taken me all over town, but I’m still searching for the burger holy grail. Don’t get me wrong I’ve had plenty of good burgers and even a few great ones I’m just still looking for my burger soulmate. I was actually starting to think that perhaps my expectations were too high, that maybe this mystical burger was a figment of my imagination, but after eating in Amsterdam and London my faith was restored, it is possible for my burger cravings to be satisfied, just not in Seoul.

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There are three new double beef burgers on the menu at Rye Post and the first one I tried was The All American (9,500). 2 beef patties topped with melted cheddar and swiss, tomato, romaine lettuce, onion, dill pickles, bacon, garlic aioli, and special sauce on a brioche bun. To me this was the ideal blend of toppings and I was very excited to try it. The patties themselves were quite thin and well done, which I don’t actually mind on a double burger as it keeps the ratios in balance. A nice enough flavour coming from the meat, seasoned, though I wouldn’t have minded a bit more fat in the cut to give it that extra oomph. Props to the bun which is baked in house like all of their other breads. I liked this burger a lot, it ticked all the boxes flavour wise. For me there was just that little bit of something extra missing. A fine burger though, up there with my current favourite, The Gilbert, at Gilbert’s Burger.

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Second up was The Texan (9,500). Again two beef patties, melted cheddar and swiss, beer battered onion rings, bacon, BBQ sauce, and mayo. I am a real sucker for a BBQ bacon cheese burger, especially if you throw on onion rings, so honestly couldn’t resist trying this bad boy too. In essence this should have made my dreams come true but it couldn’t quite match up to the All American in terms of taste, I think I missed the salad and special sauce. I also paid the extra 5,000 won to add a 1/2 portion of fries and a coke. The skinny fries themselves were fine, good but nothing noteworthy. The coke I wish had been the 330ml can and not the 200ml one but that is just me being picky.

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Overall I was very impressed with the Rye Post burgers, they are a good burgers that are well made and fall just under the $10 price tag. The new menu additions have reminded me how much I enjoy their sandwiches and how I need to eat them a little more regularly. The updated menu also has a collection of chicken burgers that sound rather good too. All in all I think this is good news and you won’t be sorry if you go down and give it a try.

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Rye post is located at 72-34 Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul. To get there take a train to Itaewon Station (line 6) and come out of exit 4. Walk straight down this road for about 100 meters or so. You will see Rye Post on the left hand side just underneath Dillinger’s. for more information you can call them on 02-792-9991 or check out their facebook page. They are open everyday from  11:30am  – 9:30pm but they close for a break between 3pm -5pm.

 

 

 

Champagne Brunch at the Conrad – 37 Grill & Bar

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There is only one thing in life that I love more than a champagne brunch, and that is an unlimited champagne brunch. In most of Asia, champagne brunches are pretty ubiquitous and almost every city break we take involves at least one. While Seoul has more than its fair share of upmarket hotel brunching options, complete with a glass of bubbly, the free flow option has still not yet quite caught on, probably because Koreans aren’t as desperate to get their drink on in the day as we are. So when I was invited to come and try the brand spanking new unlimited champagne brunch at the Conrad, well you can bet I said “Hell Yeah!” (more…)

+84

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Over my years in Korea, Vietnamese cuisine has become more and more popular. I first became familiar with the style of food when I travelled to Ho Chi Minh city and Nha Trang a few years ago, then on our second trip to Hoi An, after taking a local food tour it became one of my favourite kinds of food. Last week I was invited by Tuan, a Hanoi local, to come and try his food at his restaurant +84 in Insadong. After taking a look at his menu I couldn’t resist, so I took my two favourite boys along with me to give it a try. (more…)

What A Salad

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I’ve long been a lover of salads, in fact going to the DIY salad bar when back home is one of my favourite things ever, so when I heard that Seoul had finally got one I was pretty darn excited. What A Salad is located on the the road running parallel with the main one in Itaewon. The space is pretty minimalist with a large kitchen running against one wall, and then the seating separated by a lovely living wall on the other. Unfortunately the chairs are those rather uncomfortable high chairs, so its not really the best spot for having a cosy long lunch, but it will suit those who want to grab a quick bite to eat. (more…)

Cut at 45 Park Lane

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As you may well know I just got back from a trip home, and on that visit I spent a few days in my old stomping ground, London. Not only was I desperate to catch up with old friends, I also had a very important lunch engagement at Cut at 45 Park Lane. Now as much as I enjoy the good life, I’m not on Park Lane as often as I would like, so I was thrilled when the restaurant part of the Dorchester Collection invited me to try Wolfgang Puck’s award winning steakhouse, Cut. I’ve been dying to try one of Wolfy’s steaks for forever, in fact it was on my list of must eats when I visited NYC last year, but alas it was a little out of my price range. (more…)

Motor City

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Before I jetted off on my jaunt around Europe, I paid a visit to new pizza joint on the block Motor City. I honestly thought that there was no where else for pizza to go in this city after trying almost every slice of cheese and tomato covered goodness that Seoul had to offer. I thought I had seen it all, turns out I was wrong, I’d yet to try Detroit Style. Quite frankly I had never even heard of the Detroit style slice until Motor City opened its doors, so didn’t really know quite what to expect, but after being turned on to deep dish style by the Chicago slice after years of being a thin crust girl I wasn’t going to miss out on trying this version too. (more…)