about this blog
When I came to Korea in 2009, I fell in love with the food – but it was complicated. Pots arrived at the table bubbling with – well, who knew? Restaurants bustled with chattering locals and surly ajummas who had little patience for hesitating foreigners. And my hasty Hangeul practice on the flight over hadn’t prepared me for kimbap places where the menus were handwritten top-to-bottom.
This blog is my attempt to help others navigate these waters. The focus is on sharing great places to try the best in Seoul’s native and foreign food, explaining and demystifying common Korean dishes for the newcomer (and foreign restaurants for my Korean readers), and doing my bit to open up this strange, wonderful, alien city to those who, like me, occasionally find themselves lost in translation.
A note on the posts
Most of the posts here are restaurant and cafe reviews, with the odd bar thrown in. These are for those who want to get out and about and explore Seoul’s eating holes, but don’t necessarily know many places beyond their comfort zone around apartment or workplace (or Itaewon). The write-ups include, where possible, some or most of the following: maps with clear directions from the nearest subway station or landmark; photos of the sign or entrance; and photos of the menu, with crucial bits translated into English. They also show rough price ranges from $ to $$$$ for those of us trying to save money for our next holiday.
All photos on the blog are mine, unless otherwise indicated.
The Seoul Food map, linked to at the top of the page, shows all the places I have reviewed on an interactive Google map of the city.
If you’ve enjoyed this blog, want to share a place for me to investigate, or went to eat somewhere on the strength of a recommendation here and want to pass on your thoughts, please do leave a message. You can email me, leave a comment, or follow me on Twitter or Instagram. I’ll be thrilled by any and all feedback.