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Sambazon Acai Bowls

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It’s not often that fortune smiles upon me and I find exactly what I’m looking for, but very occasionally it does. I was mincing around Sinsa last week trying to while away an hour before a meeting and was desperate for something to eat. However I’ve been trying to be a bit healthier lately so I was trying to resist the delicious bagels I’d just picked up for TFB at Pick A Bagel. As luck would have it, my meeting was located opposite this wonderful smoothie bowl joint and I managed to fill myself up while still eating clean.

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The acai bowls are incredibly beautiful and almost look like a work of art. I’ve started making my own smoothie bowls ever since I came back from Bali, but never dreamed there would be anywhere in Seoul selling them, and I’ve since found out they have a branch in Itaewon too.

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The bowls come in thee sizes, handy, regular and large. I opted for the regular (7,500). The bowl was made up of an acai smoothie on the bottom which was deliciously moreish and made up of lots of lovely things like cacoa nibs. Then the bowl is topped with all of those beautiful fruits like banana, dragon fruit, blueberries, pineapple, kiwi, coconut and grapes. The mix of fruits were lovely and tasty and incredibly filing, I wouldn’t hesitate to come back. It’s the perfect meal for those who are trying to eat healthy.

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Sambazon Acai Bowls is located at 59, Nonhyeon-ro 161-gil, 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 5th road on the right, the one before the main Garosugil Street. Walk straight along this road, Sambazon Acai Bowls is located just up ahead on the left hand side. For more information you can call them on 02-516-3686 or check out their facebook page.

 

The Workshop

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HBC is known for its rapidly changing landscape these days, but some of the changes are positive ones. When the car garage closed, The Workshop popped up in its place. Now I’m sure local car owners may have been a bit disgruntled but as a non driver, a pub is far more useful to me. The Workshop is located above the Hidden Cellar, and is owned by the same lovely fellas. (more…)

Pho for You

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Last night I had a dinner meeting and for once was a wee bit stumped on where to eat. I had a couple places in mind but one was fully booked and two other options had prior events happening, so I was at a bit of a loss. I’d heard good things about the new San Francisco style Pho joint, so I just thought pho-k it and we went for a bowl of hot soupy noodles. (more…)

Spain Night Market

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It’s very rare that you will find inexpensive and well cooked European food in Seoul, but that’s exactly what we found at Amigo Bienvenido in Hapjeong. I’ve known the head chef Manuel for some time now after visiting some of the other restaurants he has worked at over the years like Mi Casa and Alma Restaurante. So when he made a change and moved to the newly opened Amigo Bienvenido, I couldn’t wait to give it a try. (more…)

Cha Chaan Teng

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Chinese is without a doubt my favourite cuisine, I adore it and would almost certainly choose it as my last meal on earth. However trying to find good Chinese food in Seoul is far harder than it should be considering China is practically our neighbour. So when I saw that Cha Chaan Teng had opened I immediately went to give it a try. (more…)

Pick A Bagel

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It seems as though Korea just can’t get enough of American food right now. And with Gino’s NY pizza, Jil’Hal Bros chicken and rice and now Pick A Bagel we are seeing a nice heavy influence of foods from New York. The new Apgujeong location is the first store to open in Korea from NYC’s Pick A Bagel, and is run by native New Yorker Abe Ryu. When visiting New York last year I actually visited one of their locations and tried one of their delicious bagels, so when I realized it was the same chain I was beside myself. The bagels are actually made in New York, then flash frozen after being boiled and finally baked here in Seoul. (more…)

Original Pancake House

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A few weeks ago I was walking down Itaewon High Street and saw that yet another a new restaurant was being built, when I saw that it was a pancake place I didn’t pay much attention, but I quickly found out that the new opening of the Original Pancake House was a very big deal indeed, or at least to my American friends. Original Pancake House is located in the old Burger King location just underneath Coffeesmith, I believe they also have a location in Sinsa too, though I’ve never ventured there myself as I’m not overly keen on pancakes. Personally I like to start my day with something savoury, the thought of eating cake soaked in syrup before my eggs always sends a shiver down my spine, and they always seem too stodgy and filling to eat as dessert. But since they went to the effort of opening a restaurant here in Itaewon, It would have been rude of me not to give it a try. (more…)

Gino’s NY Pizza

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Last summer I met a man in a pub. We soon got chatting about food and travel and the conversation swiftly moved on to the pizza in New York. Now I’m no expert but I certainly did try my fair share of slices whilst I was in the Big Apple early last year, and I’ve been craving one of those super skinny cheese topped goodies ever since. As we continued to chat, Eugene revealed to me that he was getting into the pizza business himself and was currently on the lookout for premises in the Itaewon area to open up his own New York Style Pizzeria. I was as happy as a clam upon hearing the news, despite the fact that there’re about 8 pizza restaurants on every corner of the neigbourhood, most of them leave a lot to be desired. So I waited, and waited and waited, until finally, about 6 months later, I heard that Gino’s was to open its doors, and the second I came back from Bali I accepted Eugene’s kind invitation to come and give it a try on the house. (more…)

Sisterfields – Seminyak – Bali

It’s the first day of 2016 and I’m lucky enough to be beginning my year in one of the world’s most beautiful places. Bali is a tropical paradise that has the most magical air about it, I don’t think there is anyone that has ever traveled here and not fell in love with it. This is our second trip to Bali, and this time I wanted to make sure I share some of my best foodie finds, it’s only a hop, skip, and a jump away from Korea, so you should all put it on your travel itinerary for this year.

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Brunch in Bali is big business and being seen eating in the right spot in the cool hip and rich beach town of Seminyak is almost as important as it is in Seoul. After drinking the night away at one of the uber cool bars along the beach you are going to need something extra special to get you going again.

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Myself, TFB, and our friend Jeanie were very kindly invited to come to Sisterfields to check out their brunch. They don’t take reservations so there was already a bit of a queue outside when we arrived, however there are two outdoor seating areas and indoor seating so the wait wasn’t too long. Being British I had to sit outside, despite how warm it may have been.

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The ultra modern menu is a mix of fruity healthy goodies, and brunch & lunch items, with a heavy nod to the pan asian cuisine you find in Australia. There’s also a hearty cocktail list to help revive you from your (self-induced) stupor from the night before, which we certainly took full advantage of, as in my opinion it just isn’t brunch without booze. We ordered the Bloody Mary, the Black Moon, and the Paradise Island Punch, all of which were 89K. The Bloody Mary was excellent, and had a good kick to it. The black moon was bourbon based blackberry goodness, and the Punch was fresh and unusually sopisticated. We were off to a good start.

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To kick things off we were brought out a trio of tasty healthy breakfast bowls to feast upon while we checked out the rest of the menu. To the left is the Acai Berry Bowl (95k IDR), a blended frozen blueberry and almond milk smoothie, topped with coco nib and goji berry granola. Of the three fruity dishes this was my favourite. I adored the granola topped with smoothie concept. The soft fruits paired with the crunchy granola was the perfect mingling of textures while the smoothie packed a lovely fruity punch.  This one is a must try.
In the middle is the Textures of Berries (70k IDR),a cinnamon and oat crumble topped with yoghurt sorbet. The biscuity sweet crumble was light and sweet and almost dessert like when accompanied with a creamy yogurt sorbet, while the blobs of berry jam added a nice sweet kick.
To the far right is the Tropical Fruits (65k IDR), a bowl of tropical fruits topped with coconut Bavarian cream and coconut and lime granita. Perfect for the health conscious, the coconut cream was so rich it was like a custard and really elevated what would just be an ordinary fruit salad.

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The first of our brunch dishes was Smashed Avocado (75k IDR). Avocado with semi-dried cherry tomatoes, popped capers, feta, lime sea salt on wholegrain toast. I added a poached egg for an extra 15k. Lashings of avocado on top of toast is pretty much my idea of heaven. Add a poached egg and you’ve got yourself a partay! Fresh, tasty, and healthy, this was one of my favourites of the day, I’ll be recreating this when I get home for sure.

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Next was the Spicy Lamb Merguez Sausages (90k IDR), served with roasted cherry tomatoes, tomato kasundi, poached eggs and potato rosti. This was TFB’s favourite dish of the day. The rosti were very well seasoned, and the poached eggs were lovely. Merguez sausages are probably my favourite kind of sausage and these ones were delicious, the spicy lamb treats just had so much flavour it was practically oozing out of them.  TFB also especially liked how the plate came with a little bottle of Tabasco sauce in case you wanted to spice it up, which of course he did.

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Lastly, Jeanie tried the Thai Glazed 18hr Berkshire Pork Belly (110k IDR), served with a peanut, carrot, cucumber, mint & coriander salad, crispy shallots, candied chilli, and nam jim dressing. This was a typical asian fusion dish that I alluded to earlier. The pork belly was soft, but with a crispy piece of fat on the top, and the asian salad had a lovely crunch thanks to all the peanuts and a nice refreshing zing from all the mint and coriander. All in all it was a hell of a brunch, and it’s now become one of my favourite spots on the island. I’ll certainly be back when I return.

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Sisterfields is located at Jl. Kayu Cendana No. 7, Seminyak, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361. It is just down the street from Seminyak Square. You can call them on +628113860507, check out their website, or their facebook page for more information.