Jul 082012
"Fish Head" restaurant in Seomyeon

BY ALLISON DIXON With a name like 생선 대가리 – Fish Head, in English – this small restaurant in a back alley of Seomyeon might not seem like the best dinner pick. However, the English name is a bit deceiving, as fish heads are not on the menu. Provided you like seafood, you might find […]

May 052012
Barbecue Camp - Seomyeon

Word on the street is these guys are closed. Bummer too, because this place rocks. Try to find their other locations if they’re still around! BY ALLISON DIXON Finding a fried chicken restaurant in Busan, or anywhere in Korea, is not  exactly the world’s most difficult task. Fried chicken joints are about as abundant in […]

Sep 212011
My 10 favorite Gimbap Cheonguk dishes

I tend to assume that regular visits to Gimbap Cheonguk are a staple for any foreigner living in Korea.  During my two and a half years I’ve visited some variation of this ubiquitous Korean eatery at least twice a week.  Still, I occasionally run into people who avoid it.  Some people are intimidated by the […]

Sep 072011
Hotaru Japanese Restaurant - CLOSED

A few weeks ago we got a recommendation for the Hotaru Japanese Restaurant in Gwangalli. I’d read some borderline pornographic reviews on Koreabridge of the miso ramen, so I decided I probably ought to check it out. I wasn’t terribly excited about the prospects of spending almost 7,000 won on a bowl of ramen. To […]

Sep 042011
Fondue Samgyeopsal at Shik Shin Ga - Kyungsung

I love samgyeopsal, but I’m in no way a connoisseur when it comes to meat. I tend to like everything no matter what. With all the different meat tasting relatively the same and all the different restaurants offering relatively the same experience, it makes finding a “great” or “special” samgyeopsal place a pretty difficult task. […]

Aug 042011
Sintobooli Meat Restaurant, Seomyeon

Article by Melissa Tait I feel that Seomyeon is divided into halves. There’s the Judie’s Taewha Side and then there is the Lotte side. Once you decide to go left or right from the subway station, it feels like a bit of an effort to get back to the other side. And there’s plenty to […]

May 032011
십대의 천국 Teenager Heaven Jang Woo Dong, Dongdaeshin

Post by Melissa Tait I teach a few days a week in Dongdaeshin and well, it’s not exactly excitement plus. There’s a main street with a cool stationary store, a Home Plus and …. even a Pizza Hut. There are actually quite a few cheap and easy lunch options that have familiar menus. There’s a […]

Apr 262011
"Twin Pig" Restaurants 마보신주먹구이: Jangsan

It can be difficult to tell what is good at Korean meat places. I’m far from being a meat connoisseur, in fact I’ve chosen to be a vegetarian for long periods at least twice in my life. Aside from the basics of galbi, bulgogi, and samgyeopsol there’s a lot about Korean meat that I don’t […]

Apr 232011
A Tale of Two Restaurants: Pork Soup Restaurants in Seomyeon (Gyeongju Gukbap)

Post by MELISSA TAIT A few weeks ago, my Korean co-worker pulled me into an alley when we were going out for dinner. I was slightly alarmed but we quickly entered a pork soup restaurant with a cauldron of broth and pork bubbling outside. We were seated near the wall of the restaurant under many signatures of Korean […]

Apr 192011
Tasty Tasty Juk - Bon Juk Porridge Restaurant

Post by Melissa Tait [Bon Juk serves Korean ‘porridge,’ and you can find numerous locations of this chain all over the city. We listed (and mapped) some locations in the bigger neighborhoods beneath the review. One of the Seomyeon locations is reviewed below.] I’d never tried this dish before coming to Korea, but now I […]