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Dominic

Dominic has always been a restaurant I go back to again and again. Located at the Hangangjin end of Itaewon. It is a cool yet welcoming space that always offers great food and a lovely ambience. Last weekend I was invited to a thank you lunch there along with a very good friend of mine. Since my last visit the menu has been switched up a little to include lots of new dishes while still retaining some of their old classic ones. If the day ends in Y, I like to enjoy lunch with a cocktail or two. So I started with a mimosa (15,000), which was quickly followed by a Sangria (15,000), both the white and the red sangria were utterly delicious and spiked with rum, triple sec and cinnamon honey.

Our lunch began with the Dominic Capresa Salad (15,000) a mix of baby mozzarella, tomatoes, basil and fresh olives. We enjoyed this with the most wonderful aged balsamic vinegar that the owner Rosen had just brought back from a trip to Italy. I love this salad and it is always one of my first choices on the menu wherever I may be in the world. It was served in a really cute metal pan too. Along with our salad we also ate one of their fantastic steaks. The Steak (58,000) at Dominic has always been incredibly good, and this occasion was no exception. It is not often I eat streak, so this NY strip, wet aged for 5-7 days, and cooked to medium rare in a hot cast iron skillet with a side of veggies, was a real treat. It is probably one of my favourite items on their menu, especially when paired with their creamy spinach topped brioche which we didn’t indulge in this time.

We followed the steak with the Pork Belly Citrus (22,000). A hunk of pork bell which was cooked sous vide then deep fried, and served with smashed potato, bacon jam, baby greens and a citrus dressing. Like all good pork belly dishes, the meat was soft and had that melt in the mouth consistency you tend to get from sous vide cooking, while still having a crispness on the outside thanks to the deep frying. The accompanying bacon jam was especially tasty, and worked well with the pork, as did the slightly tangy dressing. All in all a delicious dish and great new addition to the menu.

Despite the fact that we had already eaten more than our fair share, we finished the carb-lovers way with a plate of pasta. This is the Olive Bacon Anchovy Spaghettini (18,000) which is studded with three kinds of olives, button mushrooms, bacon and anchovy. This was an absolute delight, and exactly what I needed, not the cream drowned monstrosities that usually get passed for pasta in this country. The pasta was cooked to me the perfect al dente, but my Italian friend said it was a touch overdone, but he’s an extremely hard man to please. Either way it was the perfect way to end the meal.

Overall it was so lovely to have a chance to visit one of my favourite restaurants again. Seoul’s food landscape is forever changing, and this is one place we know we can always come to and enjoy a fabulous meal. Dominic has a daily happy hour from 3pm – 6pm, and a whole host of promotions throughout the week, so check out their facebook page for details of the next one including their new event Tapas Tuesdays.

Dominic is located at 683-133 Hanam-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul. to get there take a train to Hangangjin Station (line6) Come out of exit 3 and walk straight for about 200 meters. It’s located next to the Kolon Series Multi Shop and just across from Woori bank. For more information you can call them on 02-790-7588. They are open everyday from 11:30-11pm

The Beastro

One question that I am always asked, and always hate, is, “What is your favourite restaurant in Seoul?” I love to eat everything so I always loathe this question. I could easily come up with a top 10, but a favourite always depends on my mood and what I fancy eating at the time. However one restaurant that never fails to deliver since it opened three years ago is The Beastro. The food, the drinks, and the ambience, it is the perfect place for anything, from a casual lunch with friends or a first date, to a fancy impressive meal with loved ones. I have been at least a dozen times over the years and have always left feeling happy and well fed.

The Beastro has recently switched things up and employed a new head chef Steven Kwon, who has put his own spin on things, and come up with a new summer menu. Don’t worry executive head chef and owner Matthew Chung is still in the mix, and thankfully so is their amazing fried chicken. So when they reached out to me to come and try the revamped menu, well I could hardly resist. To make a change we ate on the second floor of the three storey restaurant, I’m usually up on their rooftop conservatory, which is the ideal place to soak up some vitamin D and enjoy the summer weather.

The new menu has a real meaty vibe going on, with the chef admitting he wanted to put the beast back in The Beastro, and as much as I wanted to get the world’s best fried chicken, I refrained and decided instead to partake in some of the new items. My beloved adores salmon, so I indulged him and allowed him to get the Salmon Board (18,000), two versions of smoked salmon, one of which was much more heavily smoked than the other, so much so that it was practically cooked. Also on the board were some pickles, guacamole, and the most delightful truffle scrambled egg. I’d order this for the egg alone! There were lots of nice textures and it was kind of like a fishy version of a charcuterie board. It went very nicely with the cocktails.

The cocktail menu has also had a makeover over the past few weeks, a new one(to me at least) is the Cock & Bull Special (14,000) a heady mix of bourbon, cognac, cointreau, and benedictine. This boozy treat certainly had a kick to it, but the sweet notes made it very drinkable. I also got a Moscow Mule (12,000) because they are my absolute favourite and that cocktail practically runs through my veins at this point.

For our main courses we really were were torn with so many fabulous options to choose from. In the end I opted for the Smokey grilled BBQ Pork Chop (25,000), which was served with creamed cabbage, house bacon, mustard and pickled cucumbers.  I was really excited about this, I adore pork chops and I am thrilled that it has become a more popular cut of meat. This pork chop is smoked, meaning it isn’t as juicy as some ways of it being cooked, however the fat kept it from being even slightly dry. The creamed cabbage with bacon was a real treat, it feel as though it was a proper Irish dinner to me, especially as it was sat in a puddle of jus like gravy.

TFB ordered the Roasted Leg of Lamb (24,000) which came with the most amazing scalloped potatoes, caramelised onions, mint pistachio greolata, swiss chard, and aged balsamic jus. The lamb was absolutely melt in the mouth, it was so soft and juicy and kind of everything to me. Also on the menu are roast chicken and steak, so it’s kind of like an unofficial list of roast dinners, all the sides are different and it’s not a proper British roast, but it’s close enough to give you your Sunday roast fix.

We were actually doing a bit of celebrating during this dinner as my darling TFB, has just finished his masters. He has been working so hard and barely left the house in weeks, so it was a great chance for us to kick back and relax and enjoy some quality time. Knowing this the fabulous owner Catherine sent over a bottle of Cava (45,000) for us to enjoy. I felt like such a baller.

Our delightful dinner ended with something sweet. The dessert menu has completely changed since our last visit, so we had to try the new ones. I mean we didn’t really need them as we were rather full, but no one turns down free dessert. My favourite of the two was the ultra light and refreshing watermelon sorbet (8,000) this was heavenly and I can only imagine it will be even better in the hot and sweaty humid weather we will soon be having. We actually finished this with a drop of the champagne and it elevated it even more. The Smores Chocolate Brownie (8,000) was also very appealing, though personally I would have preferred a gooey and fudgier brownie, as I think it would better recreate the smores feeling they were going for.

Overall we were very impressed as usual with our fabulous dinner at The Beastro. They consistently change up the menu, so there is always something new for regulars, while holding on to their classic dishes, so you can still have your favourite. For a tasty yet well priced dinner it really cant be beat. if you still haven’t been, it is time to go.

The Beastro is located at  358-32 Seogyo Dong 2F, Mapo Gu, Seoul. To get there take a train to Sangsu station (line 6). Come out of exit 1 and turn back on yourself. Keep walking straight for about 5 minutes until you reach the Hongdae Park. Walk up the stairs till you reach the road that runs parallel and you should see The Beastro on the 2nd floor above M.A.C (Make-up and great food!!!). For more information call 02-334-2500 or check out their facebook page.

Seoul’s Best Burger

Move over Fashion week, it is time for Seoul’s most important event, American Burger Week! Well technically it’s burger fortnight. From April 14th –  28th, 13 of Seoul’s burger restaurants will be participating in the special event which is being hosted by the US Beef Council. The restaurants involved are Gony’s, Gilbert’s Burger & Fries, NY B&B, The Melting Pot, Devils door, Rye Post, Meat & Bun, Burger B, Say cheese, Itaewon the Burger, Kinders, Firebell, and Fingertips. I’m told that all the restaurants in question use American beef and will be running promotions and giveaways for the two weeks. Now I  haven’t been to all of the restaurants in question,  but I have been to a fair few, some I was in love with, some not so much. So as it’s burger week and all, I thought I would use this opportunity to list my favourite places in Seoul to get a burger.

1. Itaewon the Burger – This baby while still quite new is absolutely top of my list, number one because the burgers are flame grilled hunks of deliciousness but also because it’s in my neigbourhood. There are two burgers that I love here. The Big Double Burger (12,900) which includes two meat patties, bacon and cheese, or the Avocadict burger (13,800), which includes a mountain of avocado, a beef patty, cheese, bacon, pickles, special sauce, lettuce and tomato. The prize for number one probably has to go to the Big Double, as the Avocadict although delicious fails at being a burger slightly by being so impossible to eat.

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2. NY B&B – This place is my Gangnam go to. Again this place is fairly new, but they have really came up with some awesome homemade burgers. The Wasabi Burger (11,500) is probably my favourite. This delight is topped with Pepper Jack cheese, grilled onion, shiitake mushroom, and wasabi mayo. As much as I love wasabi I was first a little skeptical about this meaty treat but it has ended up being my favourite on their menu. The menu is pretty large, so there is something for everyone. Special mentions for the Once in a Bleu Moon and the Bubba Gump which were both pretty good too.

3. Gony’s – Gony’s is a new comer to me and I was kinda torn between this one and Gilbert for third place but I decided to give Gony’s the edge because they also serve a mean chicken burger and that is pretty hard thing to find in Seoul. On the beef front the Bacon Cheeseburger (9,800) is pure perfection and everything you are looking for in a good old fashioned burger.

4. Gilbert’s Burgers & Fries – Gilbert’s always serves a good burger and they have quite a few locations too, making it the most accessible on the list. My favourite burger on their menu is the 5oz Gilbert (10,500). This one is topped with American cheese, red onion, tomato, lettuce, bacon, fried egg, and a homemade sauce. As you can see from above the egg yolk oozes out of the side of the burger which really gets my motor running and adds an extra richness to the burger.

5. WinK – Last place on this list goes to WinK who have been making some really solid burgers for the past year. I’m kinda torn when it comes to choosing my favourite though. I adore The Mega Burger (14,000), which has everything but the kitchen sink on it but it really works. Inside the buttered bun is a 150g whole beef patty, pulled pork, several kinds of cheese, egg, avocado, lettuce onions, tomato, and mayo. However I’m also partial to the brand new Mushroom & Emmental burger (11,500), which I tried on my last brunch visit. So I guess it depends on whether you like mushrooms or not.

Do you agree or disagree? Have I missed out your favourite? Please comment below with your thoughts about Seoul’s best burger.  For more details about Korea Burger Week  check out their website. For full reviews and directions of the restaurants please click the links above.

Itaewon the Burger

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Call it an early Christmas present but I may have just found my new favourite burger. After the months and months of searching and the endless recriminations from fellow foodies I have finally found a burger that makes me go Mmmm. I have been all over town searching for a burger that I can love, while I have found plenty that I like none have quite made the cut until now. (more…)

Thanksgiving Guide 2016

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Woo hoo,  the holidays are upon us and that means turkey, lashings and lashings of turkey. Now being British we don’t usually celebrate Thanksgiving, but I’m on board with any holiday that revolves around food, so Thanksgiving is always an event worth celebrating in my book. Now its usually around this time of year that we miss our loved ones back home the most, them and the copious amounts of sumptuous seasonal food that we get to enjoy. And although you might be missing out on your mums cooking, you can still get a darn good turkey dinner at a number of Seoul’s restaurants.

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Phillies – HBC home away from home will be hosting an American Thanksgiving on Friday the 25th of November. Their Thanksgiving dinner includes turkey, mash, cranberries, stuffing, pie, etc, and a glass of wine, beer, or Merry Down cider all for the bargain price of 25,000 won per person. Tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance at the bar.

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The Beastro – From Thursday November 24th- Saturday November 26th you can get a 3 course roast turkey dinner with a glass of wine or beer is 55,000 won. The full menu hasn’t been declared yet but last years dinner included butternut squash bisque, a Thanksgiving platter of roasted turkey, seasonal vegetables, mashed potato, stuffing, house made cranberry sauce, gravy, a choice of salad or mac and cheese and Pumpkin Pie with spiced whipped cream for dessert. I’m a huge fan of this restaurant and I have no doubt that their turkey platter will be just as good as all the rest of their food. Reservations are recommended you can call them on 02-334-2500.

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WinK –  From Thursday November 24th- Sunday November 27th you can get a thanksgiving dinner plate with a beer or mulled cocktail for 29,000. The plate will include turkey, sausage and apple stuffing, roast garlic mashed potatoes, home style gravy, green beans with walnut pesto, 4 Mac & Cheese, red wine cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie. There will be two seating for each night one at 6pm and one at 8pm. And for those of you who really want to celebrate they have an all you can drink option for an extra 10,000-20,000. Reservations are recommended you can call them on 02-6053-3429.

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Southside Parlour – For those who want a little bit of southern flair and some finger lickin goodness to their TG celebrations head on down to one of my favourite cocktail bars. The Texans will be serving BBQ spiced turkey, apple pecan stuffing, cranberry hibiscus relish, smoked gravy, cornmeal fried okra, chorizo Mac & Cheese, bacon braised green beans, sour cream and chive mashed potatoes, citrus glazed carrots, berry cobbler and a seasonal cocktail of your choice for 39,000. There are two seating available 6-8pm or 8:30-10:30pm. Seats must be reserved  in advance via their facebook event page.

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Dominic – On Thursday 24th of November Dominic will be serving up a delicious gourmet Thanksgiving Dinner for 50,000 per person. The menu includes deep fried turkey, apple pork belly, beet apple bacon stuffing, caramelized onion Mac n Cheese, mashed potato, creamed spinach on brioche and tiramisu crunch. There will be one seating from 7:00-8:30pm. To reserve a spot contact them via their facebook page.

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Bull and Barrel – On Thursday November 24th & Sunday November 27th Bull & Barrel will be serving up their annual all you can eat buffet. You can stuff yourself ’til you pop for 40,000 per person. The buffet includes an alcoholic beverage, turkey, ham, sausage and onion stuffing, mashed & roast potatoes, seasonal vegetables, gravy, mac & cheese and pumpkin pie! There are two seating on Thursday 24th of November one at 6 – 8 pm, and another from 8:30 -10:30 pm. While on Sunday the 27th of November there are three seatings, the first from 3 – 5 pm, the second from 5:30 -7:30 pm, and the third from 8 – 10 pm. You can reserve your table via text message on 010-9982-2423 or by messaging them via their facebook page.

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Route 66 – Will be celebrating with their 3rd Thanksgiving dinner! 56 tickets will be available. Cash only and you can pick them up at the bar. First come, first served until tickets are sold out! The 35,000 dinner includes a drink,  turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, stuffing, 66’s sweet potato casserole, grilled veggies, buffalo chicken dip, rolls, pumpkin and apple pie w/vanilla ice cream!

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The Four Seasons – For those who want to keep it classy on such a fine occasion The Market Kitchen at the Four Seasons Hotel will be serving up a special Thanksgiving Themed buffet on Thursday the 24th which includes whole roast turkey, whole roast lamb, pumpkin pie and much much more. The dinner starts at 5:30pm and costs 100,000 won per person. They will also have Turkey Dinner To Go packages available from the 24th of November – 31st of December for those who want to dine at home without the work. Their package which costs 220,000 includes 5-6kg roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, roast sweet pumpkin, green beans, glazed carrots, grilled corn, cranberry sauce, giblet gravy, and pumpkin pie.

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For those of you who like to enjoy your turkey in the comfort of your own home you can get one delivered right  to your doorstep from  High Street Market. The turkey dinner includes a juicy 12-14 pound turkey, 2kg of mashed potato, 8 cups of brown gravy, 1kg of green bean almondine, turkey stuffing, cranberry sauce and stollen. The dinners serve between 10-12 people and cost 229,000. There are also are options available with roast beef, lamb, pork, and ham. Dinners must be ordered in advance. See their website for more details.

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Vatos Urban Collective – For those not remotely interested in Turkey then Drinksgiving at Votos could be just the event you are looking for. The all you can drink event held on Friday November 25th from 7pm-11pm is an alcoholic extravaganza. Tickets include carnitas tacos, chips and unlimited drinks made by each featured bartender. There will also be a bar tending competition where you can vote for your favourite drink. Tickets cost 33,000 if you pre register and 40,000 on the door. See their facebook event page for more details.

If none of these options float your boat, then do not despair, there are more dinners to be had. I have been in contact with several other restaurants who plan to offer specials but haven’t finalised their menus yet. So stay tuned!

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…)

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.

 

 

 

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…)

Made – Brunch

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Unless you live under a rock you have more than likely heard about the new Pokemon game, where you go on your own quest to catch as many of the little critters as possible. Well my life is also like that, though instead of looking for pretend animated characters, I’m looking for brunch spots. For some reason brunch seems to need to fill far more criteria than a simple lunch ever would. For starters they have to have a western style menu filled with egg and carb heavy options, secondly, strong and reviving cocktails, and thirdly, outside seating. It is rare to come across in place in Seoul that manages to satisfy all three,  but thankfully Made just about does. Whenever I am in Sinsa, it is the only place I like to go to. Its location in between Apgujeong and Garosugil makes it the perfect place to stop and take a rest and watch the world go by. The large open doors give you the feeling of being outside while still being very close to the air conditioning. The best part is that they serve brunch all day everyday, with an extra special bunch menu on weekends. (more…)