Saturday, December 11, 2010

Makeoli Salon, Seomyeon

There is a Korean review with loads and loads of pictures here. All of their pictures are better than this one, anyway.

This is probably the fanciest place you will ever drink makeoli. Fresh paint, no graffiti and no banged up kettles. Don't let the appearance fool you though, this place is dirt cheap. Actually, its cheaper than any other makeoli place I've found in Seomyeon. The staff are friendly, good atmosphere and a huge variety of makeoli for the connoisseur.

Directions: Two blocks from the Foxy Club in Seomyeon. Follow the sign to Angel Hotel, its on the same street. Its difficult to see from the main road though. Subway exit 2,4 and 6 will put you on the correct side of the street.

Prices: Dirt cheap!
Food: From about 10,000. The usual makeoli den specials.
Drinks: 1 litre jugs of makeoli from 4,000 won
English menu: No english!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Wolfhound Irish Bar, Haeundae

The new Wolfhound Bar opened in Busan last Saturday and already seems to be a hit with the local expats. We were at the opening night and it looks like the've done a pretty good job. A big long bar, everything is nice and new and clean (unlike some other expat bars I could mention....), and there's plenty of space and seating. No pool table or darts though.

Service was excellent, even though the place was packed to the rafters drinks and even food appeared quite quickly and all the staff were friendly.

After a couple of ciders (they were flat, I don't know if that's the brew or not, but still, where else can you get cider in Busan?). They are only offering a limited menu at the moment, but the burgers we had were fantastic. The bacon ranch chicken burger is a wonder to behold, and no picture can do it justice...

 So I would say that the Wolfhound is worth braving the freezing Haeundae winds to get to,and you know its only going to get better as it becomes more established. Come and check it out!

Directions:  From Haeundae subway station walk towards the beach and we are located on the right side of the road about 50 meters before KFC. It is across from Fuzzy Navel slightly up the road towards the station. It is on the second floor.
Food: From 9,900
Drinks: Cass 3,500
A big selection of quality imports on tap from 4,000 up, including cider for 7,500
Vegetarian: Nothing on the menu, but you could probably ask.
English menu: Yes.
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Friday, November 26, 2010

Sapporo Ramen (Sanpachi Ramen), Nampo-dong

The big Japanese Ramen chain さんぱち has opened a branch in Nampo-dong. Of course, there are many Japanese-style ramen shops in the Gukje market, and while I can't say which is the best, this is not a bad place to start looking. My preference is for tonko ramen (ramen with pork slices), and Sapporo Ramen has a great selection.

Unfortunately I didn't spot any miso-style ramen on the menu, but both their salt and soy-sauce styles (the two main styles of ramen) were pretty good.

They also serve some izakaya favourites, such as gyoza (Japanese style 만두) and karoage (fried chicken balls), but these side dishes are only available after 6pm.

Location: On the main street in front of the new lotte department store. Be aware that although the big english sign says Sapporo Ramen, the place is signed as "sanpachi" in both Korean and Japanese.

Ramen: 6,500+
Gyoza: 3,500
Beer (hite): 3,000

English menu: No. Staff speak no English... but some do speak Japanese.
Vegetarian options: No.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Toast story, Hadan

Yes, I am reviewing a toast place. Why? Because unlike your local Issac Toast, this place brands cute animal faces into your toast. Yes it does.

Unfortunately, despite its cutsiness and convienient florist I wouldn't recommend toast story for a first date. Why? Because as soon as you bite into one of these sandwiches, the sauce has got to go somewhere - and that somewhere is going to be your lap, your date's lap, or (if you're lucky) all over your face.

Location: At the bottom of the hill in front of Dong-A university, by the bookstore, near the subway station.
Toast: 1,000-3,000 won
Juice smoothies: 1,500
Coffee: 3,500
English menu: No. Staff speak a little English.
Vegetarian options: Yes, if you can bear to eat the cute little faces.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Breeze Burns, Nampo Dong

The popular burger joint Breeze Burns has just opened a branch in Nampo-dong, just down the street from the new Lotte Department store.

Suddenly, Nampo-dong has a bunch of great western food options. Not only do we have Breeze Burns now, but in the new Lotte Department store there is also a Quiznos, Auntie Annie's Pretzels and Irish Potato (Yes, Irish Potato).

Still no mexican food though. 

Monday, September 27, 2010

For my womans

That's right baby.
My womans gots shrimps. 'Cos I knows what she likesss...