Seoul Journals

This City's Got Seoul

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An August 2008 trip to Seoul by ifor_gal

Kates Kitchen Photo, Seoul, South Korea More Photos
Quote: This ever-changing metropolitan city has become fashion forward and culturally conscious. Boutiques, designer cafes, and amazing restaurants have popped up all over the crowded city...here I share a few of my favorites.

Bono Bono

Restaurant | "Sushi Buffet with Class and Ambience"

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I'm not a huge fan of sushi buffets but when my aunt and uncle brought me here for dinner one night I decided that Bono Bono would be the one exception. Bono Bono is in a brightly lit, very large space that can fill a lot of people - but even at full capacity, it's not loud or clanky. Instead, you can hear classical music playing in the background and the servers are dressed very nice.The serving stations are spread apart so you never feel like you're just walking in a long procession of a food service line. The platters are well presented and always well stocked. First, the salad station has a wide selection of different types of fresh salads including a make your own salad option. The su...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 20, 2009

Bono Bono
HSBC 2 Building, Daechi-dong 942-10
Seoul, South Korea
02.3288.8080

Saworae Boribap

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Restaurant | "Back to the Basics - Korean Seoul Food"

Saworae boribap Photo, Seoul, South Korea
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I accidently learned about Saworae Boribap when I was on my way to meet my friend for lunch. It started to pour and so I ducked into this restaurant for cover. Located straight out of the Apkujeong subway station exit number 2, it's a easy and delightful find. When I told my friend to meet me there, she was more than happy - she had visited this restaurant once before and really enjoyed it.It's open both at lunch and dinner and is usually quite packed during the high meal traffic times from 11am - 1pm and 5pm to 7pm. You can sit either at a table with chairs or on a "madang" which is the traditional way Koreans eat in the countryside. You just leave your shoes next to the steps up to the "...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 15, 2008

8 Steps Cafe

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Restaurant | "A Room with a View"

8 Steps Cafe Photo, Seoul, South Korea
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8 Steps is located on the tree-lined street of Samcheong-dong gil which is the main road in the beautiful Samcheong neighborhood. Basically, the cafe/restaurant gets its name from the 8 steps you take to reach the elevated space. The steps are made of stone and bring you to this traditional oasis fused with a modern twist. Like many of the buildings in this neighborhood, the restaurant owner has rehabbed a traditional hanok (traditional Korean house with philosophical architectural structure with the idea that the house is built with a mountain in the back and a river in the front) but fused it with modernity by elements of minimalist interior design. The courtyard holds four large tables covered with...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 14, 2008

8 Steps Cafe
63-24 Samcheong-dong
Jongno-gu, Seoul
02)738-5838

Kraze Burgers

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Restaurant | "Anything but your Typical Burger"

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When I first heard of Kraze Burgers, I was a skeptic. I didn't know how I felt about eating a burger in Korea - I mean, burgers are as American as football but this summer after craving for a little taste of home (besides your typicaly McD's or Burger King) I gave in. My friend and I first went to the Kraze Burger at the Coex Mall. The prices are a bit steep - but after you see the size of the burger, you understand why. I got the K.Onion for 7,900w (about 8 USD) and she got the K.B. original for 6,700w (about 6.80 USD). We also shared an order of the chili cheese fries for 5,900w (about 6 USD). The burgers are made fresh to order and look like they're 6 inches tall! The burgers come split in half bec...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 27, 2008

Kraze Burgers
652 Shinsa-dong
Seoul, South Korea 135-120
+82 (0)2 546 1537

Kate's Kitchen

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Restaurant | "Another Trendy Restaurant: Kate's Kitchen"

Kate's Kitchen Photo, Seoul, South Korea
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I met up with a friend for the first time in two years and she wanted to take me somewhere nice. The Chungdahm neighborhood is known as the ritziest part of Kangnam - all the designer stores like Gucci, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Max Mara and Hermes line the main thoroughfare. Across the street from the original Galleria department store behind Corso Como is where you can find many trendy boutique restaurants. Kate's Kitchen is located in that same area, but the restaurant is more than just that, it's experiential. From the outside, the restaurant looks like an Italian villa in Cinque Terra. Stuccoed walls and shuddered windows make you forget the nitty gritty streets of Seoul. Inside, the restaurant is ve...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on September 27, 2008

Kate's Kitchen
81-2 Chungdahm-dong, Kangnam-gu

02.3444.9936