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Brooklyn Bagel Cafe

Last weekend I decided to embrace the spring weather and get my fat arse out for a workout. Much to his dismay I dragged TFB out with me too. After a bracing walk around the park and quick sop at the HBC Ogari fruit and veg lady we headed back down. For being so virtuous I thought we were both in need of reward so we stopped by Brooklyn Bagel cafe on the way home for a treat. The small store is located at the far end of the main drag of HBC almost opposite the CU. Up at the counter is a menu and a refrigerator full of different cream cheeses and 8 different flavours of bagels. The cute cafe has seating inside and out which is always a plus on a sunny day.

After much deliberation, I decided to go for one of the sandwich style bagels and settled on the Chicken Salad (4,000). The best thing about this sandwich is that they let you choose your bagel, and after looking at their selection I went for the everything bagel. The bagel was nice enough, and it came stuffed with a rather nice chicken mayo and a little bit of salad. For 4,000 it was definitely a bargain, you rarely find a sandwich that is under 5,000 these days and although it was small I think most people would be satisfied.

TFB true to form opted for the Salmon with cream cheese (6,000), probably because he knew I wouldn’t ask for a bite. He got his salmon on a jalapeno bagel which personally I thought an odd choice but each to their own. I didn’t actually try this, as you know my feelings about salmon well, especially stuff at the cheaper end of the scale. But he said it had a nice flavour, and there was plenty of salmon with a little bit of zing from the red onion. He agree that the bagel was decent for the price, though wouldn’t have noticed that it was jalapeño flavoured.

Overall I cant say its the best bagel I’ve ever had, or even the best one I have had in Seoul, so I wouldn’t go out of my way for it. However if you are in HBC and in need of a sandwich style snack on a budget or fancy picking up breakfast for you and your latest Tinder hook up then its worth swinging by especially if you are up early or on a walk of shame because it opens at 7am.

Brooklyn Bagel Cafe is located at 44 Sinheung-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul. To get there 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. Keep walking straight along this street past Phillies and Casablanca, you will see Brooklyn Bagel Cafe up ahead on the right hand side next to 8 Piece. For more information you can visit their facebook page. They are open every day from 7am-8pm.

Morococo Cafe

Moroccan restaurant Casablanca in Haebangchon is pretty widely regarded as serving Seoul’s best sandwich, if not the world’s. If you have still yet to try it, then stop whatever you are doing right now and go give it a try, you will not be disappointed. Due to its popularity the tiny restaurant has expanded year after year, along with the menu.  However owning one restaurant was clearly not enough to the Moroccan brother duo who started the place and they have since cast their net a little wider to include a second location, which is located just across the street in fact.

The new Morococo Cafe has an entirely different menu than flagship store Casablanca. As the restaurant has only been open for about two weeks they are still in their soft opening phase, so the menu is still quite tiny. Since there are only three dishes on the menu and two sides, we figured it would be churlish not to give everything a try. We also decided to get ourselves a glass each of wine, because at 5,000 a glass, why the hell not!

We started the meal with the Carrot Salad (5,000). As salads go this one is pretty banging, if you’ve ever had the carrot salad across the street this is a jazzed up version. The fabulous spice marinated carrots are topped with prunes, toasted almonds and feta cheese, it’s unbelievable, especially for the price. All the flavours and textures just work so well together.  If they were open for lunch this is what I would be eating every day.

After the salad we moved on to the main course of Lemon Chicken & Green Olives (11,000). This isn’t my first time tasting this dish, I was lucky enough to try it at pop up event they hosted a few years back. For me this was the star dish of the evening. The tender slow cooked chicken effortlessly fell of the bone and was full of so much flavour, the salty olives complimented the dish perfectly and it was served with freshly baked Moroccan Bread (2,000) to sop up all the left over juices. There wasn’t a speck left in my dish by the time I was finished with it, it was absolutely heavenly.

Four our second main we got the Lamb Kefta Tagine (11,000). Not too dissimilar to the Lamb Shakshuka on the menu across the street. Little lamb meatballs were cooked in tasty spiced tomato sauce, and served with an egg yolk in the middle. This is exactly what you want to be eating right now, warm and filling without being in the slightest bit heavy. If you are a big eater you may want to add a side of their delicious spiced rice too.

Overall I was thrilled with the new Morococo Cafe. The new place exudes just as much warmth and hospitality as Casablanca, and the new menu items are really well priced and flavourful. It’s the perfect week night date spot, or weekend for that matter. I can’t wait to see what else they will add to the menu once they are fully open. I heard a rumour on the grape vine that there may be a lamb shank dish coming soon, which is very exciting indeed as you can never have too much lamb.

Morococo Cafe is located at 45-9 Yongsan-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul. To get there 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. Keep walking straight along this street past Phillies. You will see Morococo Cafe a little further up on the right hand side opposite Casablanca. For more information you can call them on 010-4228-8367 or check out their facebook page. They are open from 5pm – 9pm everyday, except Mondays.

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.

 

 

 

Casablanca

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One of the best places to eat in my neigbourhood has to be Casablanca, their Moroccan sandwiches are renowned and I really don’t need to share again how amazing they are, but if you haven’t tried one I suggest you go and buy one or two immediately because they are not to be missed! The reason I’m sharing today is because yesterday Casablanca turned 5 years old. The amazing food and warm and welcoming owners have made this small sandwich shop into a community home away from home. To celebrate being open for so long they have completely redecorated and added a couple of new items to the menu, and being a good friend of theirs they invited me down to come and try the new items.

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The first dish we tried was the platter (9,000) which you can have with chicken, lamb, shrimp or veggies. It’s a lot like a deconstructed sandwich just with extra side dishes. The grilled chicken is tender and full of zingy favour, as are the amazing deep fried and battered scoops of potato which are still one of the best things I’ve ever put in my mouth. Pickles, carrots, salad and a bowl of rich lentil soup round out the healthy and filling platter. I can’t imagine anyone not feeling satisfied after this, but if you aren’t you could always have a sandwich on the side.

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Also new to the menu is the Shakshuka (9,000), which is one of my all time favourite dishes and I often make it at home. A couple of eggs are poached in a rich spiced tomato sauce which is studded with minced lamb and a little bit of chili for an extra kick. It’s then served in the tagine dish and topped with a little grated cheese and served with bread. I loved this, it was just so tasty and comforting. I usually make mine with chorizo but I loved the flavour of the spicy lamb. I’d be interested to see what the chicken version tastes like.

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Casablanca is located in Hae Bang Chon at 44-8  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. Casablanca is on the left a few doors up from Phillies. You can also call them on 02-797-8367 or check out their facebook page.

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Head Lock

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As as Brit I adore sandwiches, and one of my favourites from home is the prawn sandwich. For some reason this delightful treat, just like coronation chicken, has never really travelled well when it comes to the rest of the world. So when I heard that a new prawn (or shrimp if you must) sandwich place had opened mere meters from my door step I was off to check it out. (more…)

McCoy’s

A few days ago I got invited by a friend to come and try McCoy’s in Haebangchon. He had declared that it was an absolute gem of a place and a real find. I had heard a few mutterings on the grapevine about it, so my interest was certainly piqued but I honestly didn’t have my hopes that set that high. However since the dinner was on the house I figured it was worth a try. (more…)

Mozzie

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A few weeks ago I shared with you brand new Kiwi/Ozzy restaurant Mozzie. And after such a good meal on our first visit we vowed to go back. So when I received an invitation  to try a couple of other menu items on the house, it was impossible to refuse.

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Whenever we see lamb on a menu it is usually not resisted and that night was no exception, there’s a rack of lamb and a lamb shank available at Mozzie, but since we had eaten rack of lamb at the Park Hyatt a few days prior we settled on the Lamb Shank Redemption (28,000). The dish came with two quite hunking lamb shanks, sauteed potatoes, and a side salad. The fact there were two lamb shanks on the plate made it perfect for sharing and they were tender as hell. The fried potatoes on the plate were also deliciously crisp on the outside and fluffy in the middle, dipped into the rich gravy on the side I was in comfort food heaven. My only gripe would be to serve it with vegetables rather than salad, not that the salad wasn’t good it would just make more sense to have a hot side.

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The second dish we decided to get was the Crikey Chicken (18,000) as it came so highly recommended from the next table. When it came out I could see why, a huge chicken breast stuffed with with cheese and ham and served with a delightful creamy sauce style gravy. The chicken was served with the same delicious fried potatoes that we had with the lamb. One thing you can certainly say about Mozzie is that you definitely get a lot of food for your money, when the food comes out you kind of wonder how you’ll manage to finish it, but I haven’t left a morsel of food yet.

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It was a very chilly night so we had a couple of hot Toddy’s to warm us up (10,000). Made with Jameson and some lemon and honey syrup these were pretty darn tasty, the only thing they were missing was a clove studded piece of lemon and a slick of cinnamon. They’ve got all the ingredients to make some very good cocktails they just need to work on making them a little bit prettier.

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Mozzie is located at 126-7 Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-Gu, Seoul. To get there take the subway to Itaewon station(line 6), and come out of exit 3. Walk straight until the next intersection and take a right. Cross the road and take the first left (by Mr Kebab). Mozzie is up on your left maybe 50m up that road, opposite the infamous Old Town. For more information you can call them on +82 10-9417-9554 or check out theirfacebook page. Mozzie is open every day from 5pm-12am.

Lobster Bar

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I’e been a fan of Lobster Bar pretty much since they opened. They have been operating for just over a year or so now, and in that time I’ve managed to try all of the sandwiches and their whole lobster. In the past few months they have been making some changes and adding new items to the menu, and they were super keen to get my opinion on them. It’s not often that I get the chance to take my man out for lobster, so I of course accepted their very kind invitation. (more…)

Little Neck

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Last week I was meeting a friend for lunch and we decided to try out somewhere along the churros street in Gyeongridan. This street over the past few months has boomed like there is no tomorrow, and the new restaurants keep creeping higher and higher up the hill. Whilst I often walk down this street on my way to the station, I’ve not actually visited many of the new restaurants. For some reason I’ve prejudged them and fear they have only opened to cash in the new crowd of young Koreans visiting the area rather than for their passion for food. (more…)

Left Coast – Brunch

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Last weekend I very sadly said goodbye to my best friend Mat. It was his last weekend in Seoul, so to commemorate the occasion we went for one last Sunday brunch.  We have both been regulars at Left Coast since it first opened, and since they just started offering brunch it seemed like the ideal location for the last supper.The brunch menu has a collection of popular American brunch dishes as well as a handful of their starters and burgers, and is offered on weekends between 11:30 and 3pm. (more…)