The Soju Sunrise Food Awards 2015
Yes, here they are: the Korean food industry’s most coveted awards, at least since I came up with the idea in the shower fifteen minutes ago. Here are the Soju Sunrise nominations for my favourite places of 2015.
To be clear, I do mean personal favourites. Despite using the word “best” about 20 times in this post, I don’t claim these as in any sense definitively the top places in Seoul to eat the specific cuisine in each category; rather, these are my favourites, the places I’ve returned to after a good experience to try again, safe in the knowledge that I’m in good hands. There are almost certainly others out there that are better. That’s what the comments section is for!
So without further ado, here are some of my foreign food highlights of the year. Where applicable, there’s a link to my review; otherwise, Google and Naver are your friends. Get there quickly, because my recommendation is like Tasty Road to the power of 10, and there will be lines out the door within hours.
Here’s to 2016!
Maddux Pizza (Itaewon) [above]
Rye Post (Itaewon) [above]. Honourable mention: Fat Cat (HBC), Casablanca (HBC)
The Beastro (Hongdae). Honourable mention: Libertine (Itaewon) [above]
Brera (Beotigogae) [above]
Little India (Itaewon) [above]
Amazing Thailand (Hongdae) [above]
Pham Thi Chinh (Wangsimni) [above]
Best American BBQ:
Nagomi Ramen (Hongdae)
Best of the Rest that doesn’t fit in any other category:
Taverna de Portugal (Hongdae, currently closed), Da Korner (Itaewon) [above]
Anthracite (Hongdae) [above]
Cacaoboom gelato (Gyeongnidan / throughout the city). Honourable mention: Fell & Cole (Hongdae) [above]