Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Lunch at Gyongbokgung Restaurant in Insadong

   At the end of every month in our academy, we are allowed to go out with our students to celebrate the end of the session. Last night was Chicken and Beer (치맥) with one class, and this morning was Holly's Coffee for breakfast with another class. But, I think lunch today was the be all end all of end of session outings. One gentleman in my level 5 class has a tradition of bringing the whole class out to eat at Gyeongbokgung Restaurant in Insadong to celebrate the last class of every month. Don't let the name of the restaurant fool you, it's not in Gyeongbokgung Palace, but it is a high-class restaurant not far from the palace. It's a great place if you're in the mood for something a little special! We ordered just the basic option, a 24,000 won per person galbi lunch set, but for the quality of the beef and the amount of side dishes it was more than worth the price. Reservations are recommended here as every party is seated in their own private room. Actually, the price of our meal was incredibly low considering the ambiance of the restaurant. Most meals offered are a bit higher, but considering all that came with our basic set, I can't imagine what would come with one of the 40-70,000 won sets!

The meal started with some basic dishes. 물김치 (water kimchi) and a seaweed porridge. Both good, but not quite what I was craving...

After a little while later the good stuff started coming out. Sashimi, and the good banchan (side dishes). 

Doengjang soaked cabbage, garlic and mushrooms and thinly sliced radish folded with sesame leaves, plus lots of salad type things not pictured here.

Though it wasn't on the set menu, we were brought out a special 빈대떡 bindaeddok because we had to wait a little longer than we expected for our food. We were so busy enjoying the ambiance and the starters, we hardly noticed that our food was taking too long!

Then of course was the main meal. 양념갈비, marinated beef galbi was put on the grill. The wait staff attentively grilled our galbi to perfection and we enjoyed the most succulent galbi I've ever had the fortune to taste.

Just because we finished the galbi didn't mean the meal was finished. Then they served up doengjang jjigae with rice and the meal was finally finished off with a cup of refreshingly sweet bokbunja juice.

I feel like I've been really spoiled this month with all my great students and fun end of semester parties. I wonder if next months will ever live up to this one?

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  1. Glad you are having such a nice time @ your new job :)

  2. Aaah!! All that delicious korean bbq! Although i love kalbi, samgyupsal will always be my ultimate favorite!