Tag: All you can eat

청도 – Chinese Lamb Skewers

There is nothing quite like the words, “all you can eat,” to get my juices flowing. I hate when my shallow pockets prevent me from eating just as much as I want, so that magical phrase is music to my ears.  Unsurprisingly, when one of my very best foodie friends suggested we go and check out an all you can eat lamb skewer place, I was there like a shot.

The restaurant is located just next to Sookmyung Women’s University and is nestled in amongst a dozen or so other shops or restaurants. Clearly I need to pay more attention when I am walking around because I have probably passed this place half a dozen or so times before. The Chinese neighbourhood over in Daerim is probably considered the Chinese lamb skewer capital of the city but if you live in the middle or east of the city this is much easier to get to. The best part of this is that the all you can eat lamb skewer option costs a mere 13,900. Alright indeed.

It’s not just lamb that you get as part of the deal, I was pleasantly surprised to find it included pork, chicken, and shrimp. The skewers are cooked with the assistance of an electrical a contraption right at your table then you are given a pile of delicious Chinese spices to dip them into. They are very moreish indeed, and we couldn’t cook them fast enough in the beginning. The sides with the skewers are very simple peanuts, kimchi style radish, and the Chinese pickles. I would have loved it if they had included the tofu ribbons too but I can live without them. I didn’t notice until the end, but they also have an extra menu of side dishes which you can purchase separately, there were a couple of dishes like fried eggplant that I will certainly try next time.

You get a 2 hour limit and in less than that time we made it through 5 rounds, much to the chagrin of the surly waitress. Lamb skewers are one of my favourite dishes to eat, the tender chunks of fatty meat work so well with the mix of spices. With a a couple of Cass beers (4,000) they are the perfect food to share with friends. Overall I was very happy with this place, the variety you get for the price is pretty unbelievable and we all had an epic night. I plan to return very soon with TFB, who was very sad to miss out on attending.

청도 is located at 90-10 Garwol-Dong, Yongsan-Gu, Seoul. To get there take a train to Sookmyung Women’s University Station (line 4) and come out of exit 7. Walk straight and you will see 청도 just ahead on the right hand side. For more information you can call them on 02-702-7033.

Mango Festival – Hilton Hotel

A food festival is always going to be music to my ears, so when I was invited to come and try the mango festival at the Hilton Hotel, well, I was very excited indeed, number one because I love mangoes and number two because mangoes generally cost an arm and a leg here. Fruit themed buffets are really popular at the hotels here in Korea, and with strawberry season being over and Spring in the air, it is time for mangoes to take centre stage.

I would best describe the event as a mango themed afternoon tea. It costs 45,000 per person which includes access to the buffet for two hours, either 2:30-4:30, or 5:00 – 7:00, and all the mango tea and juice you can drink. The mango festival is located inside the lobby of the hotel rather than in one of their restaurants. Personally I quite enjoyed watching the hordes of guests going by as I’m quite partial a bit of people watching, whereas my friend didn’t appreciate it so much. I guess it depends on whether you like everyone looking at you or not, which I clearly do.

Once we had settled in and enjoyed a relaxing cup or two of tea it was time to check out the food. There was certainly quite a wide array of different sweet goods and a couple of savoury options. There are too many to mention but off the top of my head there were cronuts, mousse, tiramisu, tarts, meringue pie, macarons, vol a vents, cheesecakes, and ice cream. There were also of a couple of savoury options of meat balls and chicken legs which seemed like a bit of an afterthought.

There was plenty to choose from and we ended up trying most of the different items. To me the stand outs were the freshly fried Namsan Cronuts. There was a chef doing a demonstration of how to make them so these were fresh as can be. The cronuts were filled with mango creme patissiere and covered with mango frosting and a fresh strawberry. Being a child of the 80s I was also very happy to see a mango chicken vol a vent, I certainly ate more than my fair share.  I also really enjoyed the slices of fresh mango that were served at the chocolate fountain, I just wish they had more things to dip into it besides the fruit.

In regards to the rest of the offerings I couldn’t help feeling a little disappointed. While I thought they offered a good selection of different desserts, they didn’t really do it in terms of flavour for me. They all looked pretty enough, but I would have enjoyed them sweeter and with a more intense mango flavour. I assume that their target audience is Koreans who don’t tend to like their desserts quite so sweet, but for me it was a bit of a miss. I left the buffet before my time was up, which unfortunately kind of says it all.

The Millennium Hilton is located at 50, Sowol-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul. To get there take a train to Seoul Station (lines 1 & 4) and come out of exit 11. Follow the road around and take the third left, then walk straight. you will see the Millennium Hilton on the left hand side. For more information you can call them on 02-753-7788, or visit their website.

Itaewon Gogit Jip

I have been meaning to write a review of this place ever since the HBC branch shut down. It was a sad sad day in HBC when the gogit jip closed it doors for the final time. However just up the street in Itaewon is actually a bigger and better location. Its pretty much the same deal as the HBC branch an all you can eat meat extravaganza of Korean BBQ for 16,900 won per person. As you can see below you have 90 minutes to eat as much meat as you can, though this is more than ample. You should also remember to bring cash or pay 1,500 extra for using a card.

Being a total greedy guts the all you can eat offering lights up my world, I can eat until my jeans are straining and my belly begs me stop. The place is huge for starters, making it perfect for large groups, plus the all you can eat option makes it a hell of a lot easier when it comes to splitting the bill. It is also ideal for newbies as can try all the different cuts of meat without the bill spiralling out of control. The place sadly no longer offers its all you can drink beer for 5,000 which is a shame but the beer and soju are cheap enough that you can frivolously add a few bottles on to your tab.

Depending on the size of your party your be deposited a wooden board or two with a selection of meats. Personally I rather enjoy this because you get a bit of everything but if you want to stick to one cut then you can do that too. It usually varies from visit to visit and I’m assuming on the price of the meat but this time  we got rib eye, samgyubsal, moksal,cheek, and some other bit which we couldn’t quite figure out. You can also help yourself to banchan(side dishes), the waitress will bring the first round but after that you get it yourself. In regards to sides they have a fair selection with the obligatory kimchi, beansprouts, chillies, onions, garlic, spicy pickled lotus root (which I’m kind of obsessed with), salad, and all the samjang you can eat.

My favourite meat of the selection it is probably the ribeye, which we always have first, probably because its the quickest to cook and we always starving by the time we arrive. Thrown on the hot coals were two huge slabs of steak. While it isn’t going to be the best quality steak you’ve ever eaten it will certainly satisfy your carnivorous cravings.

After the beef had been devoured we worked our way on to the pork cuts. My favourite is the pork belly (samgyupsal) because I like a fatty cut but we were also given galburisal (cheek) which we really enjoyed. The pork is perfect for turning into lettuce wraps when topped with samjang and all the accompanying vegetables. Kind of like a Korean take on a DIY taco.

After that if you aren’t full you can order more of whatever you like which is usually ribeye. They also have quite an array of side dishes which you can pay extra for. Personally I’d rather skip the rice and soup and have more meat but if you can’t live without your bap or jiggae you can order it on the side. The place tends to get pretty busy on weekends so try and arrive as early as possible left you find yourself in a big queue. However there are plenty of good bars near by so you can always grab yourself a drink while you wait.

Itaewon Gogit Jip is located at 9 Itaewon-ro 19-gil Yongsan-gu, Seoul. To get there take a train to Itaewon station (line 6) and come out of exit 1. Walk straight, and take the first right after KFC. Walk to the end of the until you reach the road which runs parallel to the main road. Then turn left and walk to the very end of the alley way. You will see HBC Gogitjip just up ahead in the alleyway next to Grill 5 taco on the right hand side. For more information you can call them on 02-3785-0514. They are open everyday from 6pm onwards.

The Four Seasons – The Market Kitchen

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Last week my best friend from England came to pay me a visit. It’s been a couple of years since her last jaunt to the land of the morning calm so I wanted to make her trip extra special. A few weeks before I was very kindly invited to come and give the Four Seasons restaurants a try so I decided to save the champagne brunch at The Market Kitchen just for her. (more…)

Texas de Brazil

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When word gets around about a luxurious all you can eat Brazilian meat feast, it doesn’t me take long to drag my fat arse over there to give it a try. Nothing gets my juices flowing like the words “all you can eat meat.” A few years ago I was lucky enough to spend some time traveling in Brazil and feasting in the numerous rodizio restaurants was one of the highlights, so I was very interested to see how this one would compare. (more…)

BURGERMINE

Burgermine a cool new burger joint that opened up in Haebangchon several weeks a ago. Burgers are ten a penny in HBC, so to set its self apart the geniuses behind it came up with a gut busting concept – all you can eat burgers!!! To me there are no sweeter words in the english language than all you can eat. Forget I love you, these are the words I long to hear. In all my 28 years I can’t ever recall coming across an all you can east restaurant serving up burgers.

Here’s how it works. You pay 15,000 for the all you can eat set. This includes as many burgers as you can muster, although you must finish the previous ones before ordering the next, otherwise you will be charged 3000 won. All you can eat chips (fries to the Americans) and unlimited soft drinks. The beauty of this burger bar is you get to be creative. Whilst they are grilling up your meat, a choice of beef or chicken, you get to make your burger exactly how you like it. With a choice of over 50 toppings the world really is your oyster. You begin with a choice of bun, original, multi-grain or garlic, choose your cheese, cheddar, gouda, havarti, mozzarella, or pepper jack and then move on to toppings and sauces. There were too many to choose from to list them all here but my particular favorites were, guacamole, chili, bacon jam, bulgogi, salsa, pineapple, egg and thousand island dressing. All the usual suspects were also there in spades.

The Patties were pretty good. They had that great char-grilled taste that you look for in a burger, although I think they needed a bit more seasoning.  The chicken burger was well cooked but still juicy, its more of a fillet than a burger but we liked it. If you like your burgers meaty I would recommend you double up the patties, which is what I will be doing on the next visit. The chips were pretty good too, I enjoyed having the buffet of sauces to accessorize them with. They all also have a regular menu with burgers and salads etc if you’re not an all you can eat kinda girl.

I was full after 3 plates of chips and my two hearty burgers. I possibly could have forced down a third but I wouldn’t have enjoyed it. It also led me to wonder who had eaten the most burgers here at Burgermine. The manager told us that the highest was 7 or 8 patties. He also said that a few guys regularly managed 6, although they doubled them up so they were only eating 3 double burgers, which I personally feel is cheating. I don’t think anyone could eat more than five whole burgers, which has led me to believe my capacity for burgers is poor at best! A measly 2, what is the world coming to? The world record for most burgers eaten was 108 in 8 minutes, I clearly have a long way to go.

On their website you can add you burger to the hall of fame. Users vote which burger they think is the best and if you come out top it gets added to the menu. Be sure to check out my burger The Fat Girl.

Burgermine is open 12pm-12am on week days and 12pm-2am on weekends. All you can eat burger hours run from 6-10pm everyday and 12pm-2pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

Burgermine is located in HaebanCheon at 45-9 Yongsandong 2 -ga, Seoul, Korea. Take a train to Noksapyeong station (line 6) . Walk straight out of exit 2 for about 200 meters and take the first left and walk straight along the road with all the kimchi pots. Burgermine is on your right opposite Phillies. Call on 070-8263-2034. Website – http://www.burgermine.com/index.php?lang=en