One of things I miss about living in the leafy West End of Glasgow is the idea of a neighborhood bistro – somewhere near your house that you can drop in for a good, reasonably priced meal, usually Italian or French. Now, perhaps I’m biased because it’s 90 seconds from my front door (it used to be 60 seconds, but the crabby old halmoni next door has locked her gate to stop us using the alleyway outside her house as a short cut). But La Marmite, a new French restaurant in Haebangchon, looks like it might be able to fill that role. It comes at a price, as we’ll see, but it’s well worth your time.
I seem to have written quite a lot about Vietnamese pho on this blog – at least that’s the way it seems. I live close to Pho For You and rather further away from the mighty Pham Thi Chinh, for which you have to go all the way to Wangsimni (but rest assured it’s well worth the trip).
The Italian Chamber of Commerce in Korea runs an Italian Food Festival every May, with a dozen participating restaurants around the city producing special menus to reflect the diverse cuisine of that nation. Apparently. My concerns are more simple; where can I stuff my face with good, fresh pasta in Seoul without having to search for strands of spaghetti in a sea of “pink” sauce and mortgage all my possessions to afford the bill?
Fortunately, Brera is to the rescue. The Beotigogae restaurant invited me on Wednesday last week to try their special Food Festival set menu, and I took the trusty Canon along to record some photos of the fare they are serving up during the month.