Restaurant Buzz – October 2016

by Jordan Redmond
Groove Korea

“Food dreams are made of these / Who am I to disagree?” Ok, somewhere Annie Lennox is probably frowning over this egregiously terrible adlib but this line runs through my head whenever I have food fantasies such as tacos and jerk chicken under one roof. Lo! Such a food fancy has come true in the form of The Pirate’s Table. The former main men behind Don Charly and Tucan Chicken, two beloved Kyunglidan spots before the day of astronomical rent, have dared to dream — opening what has to be Korea’s first “Caribbean bistro.” Slingin’ jerk chicken and roughneck Mexican tacos, Pirate’s Table is a must visit in the choppy Western-food seas of Daechi-dong.

Native New Yorkers have no doubt had lusty dreams of The Halal Guys landing in the Seoul city limits. Behold! Your dreams are now reality. The New York-originated fast casual chain will bring its beloved chicken and beef gyro combination platters to Itaewon sometime in October. Can you taste the white sauce already?

Lastly, if you’re the religious type and constantly pray for more quality burger options city-wide, rejoice, because your invocations have been rewarded! Almighty Cheeseburger has materialized in-between Gyeongbokgung and Samcheong-dong. Offering smashed patty-style burgers for a smidge over KRW 5,000, there will be money left over to tithe… or for the shiny silver can of Pabst Blue Ribbon that you just can’t deny.

Pirate’s Table: Gangnam-gu, Daechi-dong 900-19


The Halal Guys: Yongsan-gu, Itaewon-dong 123-31 2F


Almighty Cheeseburger: Jongro-gu, Hwa-dong 137-5


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