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Soju Sunrise Favourites: Summer edition

Food porn | August 16, 2016 | By

It’s been very busy in the real world of Soju Sunrise, but things are quietening down so hopefully I’ll be posting some more reviews and notes on Seoul eateries very soon. In the meantime, here are some of the things I’ve been eating over the last few weeks. (You can see most of these pics, as well as many more, on my Instagram feed at

OK Burger on the Cheonggyecheon



This burger place in Jongno has been on the radar since Joe McPherson, formerly of McPherson’s BBQ Pub, came on board. Their jerk chicken burger, topped with a pineapple salsa, was really good – spicy, juicy, hitting the spot. It’s supposed to be black, before you ask.

American Mood



This oddly-named restaurant in Apgujeong makes Philly cheesesteaks, and nothing else. Sold in seven or eight varieties, they’re pretty good.

Sticky Ricky’s Ice Cream



These guys are doing pop-ups to sell their ice creams and sorbets, and they are just the thing for this stifling heat. Every bit as good as it looks. Keep an eye on Instagram for upcoming pop-ups.




IMG_5546The only restaurant I’ve ever shilled for on this blog, Brera is a neighbourhood favourite, despite being a little bit outside my neighbourhood. Their pizza is my favourite in the city, super light and crispy dough with plain tomato and mozzarella topping, or maybe some prosciutto. I also love the meatball pasta, which is as close as the Italian owner ever gets to American style Italian food. Highly recommended inexpensive local trattoria-style food.

La Marmite



My local French bistro is now out of soft open and serving up high-quality meals six days a week (excluding Tuesdays) and also weekend brunch. It’s not cheap, but it’s consistently good. Check my review.

Manimal lunch menu


Seoul expats probably need no introduction to Manimal, which is a firm favourite of many including myself (review here). They now have a dedicated lunch menu which includes this pulled pork sandwich, above, with roasted tomato salsa and garlic mayo.





M&M gets a lot of love among foreigners on Facebook, and it’s not hard to see why. Quite a few places do cocktails well in Seoul, some even do good American comfort food. Almost uniquely, Mix & Malt does both. With great ambience, awesome owner and bartenders, Mix & Malt is a must-visit.

Villa Guerrero



Simply the best carnitas tacos in Korea, and their chorizo isn’t too shabby either. If you eat pork and you haven’t been here, you are making a mistake which you should immediately rectify. Review and directions here.

Rye Post


Another perennial foreigner favourite, Rye Post has now added burgers to its menu; the bacon cheeseburger (above) is well worth your time and investment.

More reviews coming soon, promise!


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