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Soju Sunrise Food Awards 2016

bars, restaurants | December 20, 2016 | By

Here it is, the most eagerly awaited post of the year; the second annual Soju Sunrise Food Awards, showcasing the best foreign food that I think Seoul has to offer. No doubt squadrons of restaurateurs are reading this with fear in their souls, whole chains poised to collapse if they aren’t mentioned in my year-end review. What can I say? With great power comes great responsibility.

As with last year’s favourites – quite a few of whom return this year – I don’t present this list as a definitive “best of” but rather a compilation of my favourites, the places I return to again and again, the places that made 2016 worth persevering with. No doubt in each category there are better places around, and you should feel free to set me right in the comments – but these are the places that pop up again and again on my Instagram feed.

Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year and see you all in 2017!

Best burger:

Cali Kitchen (Gyeongnidan),  Downtowner (Itaewon, above). Honourable mention: Firebell (Daechi)

Best pizza:

Motor City (Itaewon, above), Brera (Beotigogae)

Best sandwiches

Casablanca (HBC, above). Honourable mention: Rye Post (Itaewon)

Best bistro:

La Marmite (HBC, above)

Best Italian:

Brera (Beotigogae, above)

Best Mexican:

El Pino 323 (Aeogae, above). Honourable mention: Villa Guerrero (Samseong)

Best American BBQ:

Manimal (Itaewon). Honourable mention: Sweet Oak (Wonju, Gangwon-do, above)

Best Japanese:

Ramen Truck (Hongdae, above)

Best brunch:

La Marmite (HBC, above)

Best bar:

Mix & Malt (Hyehwa, above)

Best Cafe:

Orang Orang (HBC, above). Honourable mention: Anthracite (Itaewon)

Best dessert:

CRE8 Cookies (Gyeongnidan, above).

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