Korea's place to Gobble n' Go

by Rajnesh Sharma
Groove Korea (groovekorea.com)

Contrary to what its name suggests, Gobble n' Go is a good place to sit down and get comfortable. The Itaewon restaurant serves Western food in an atmosphere carefully sculpted by the owner, Paul So.

So has worked hard to make his restaurant comfortable. The place has cushy chairs and soothing music. An enormous mirror, bordered with flickering white lights, reflects a huge Heineken keg and dangling wine glasses. A small television in the corner shows Korean programs. There is open-window seating with a view of the street in front. The food, too, is aimed at comfort.

They serve breakfast fare, like the Potbelly Oh!-melet. The thick omelet is layered with crunchy onions, sautéed mushrooms, roasted potatoes, ham, bacon, sausage and cheese. It’s enhanced with basil, pesto and red and green peppers. A huge grilled tomato, some spinach and a tasty fried banana with chocolate syrup are also served with the meal.

They also have sandwiches and burgers. The Two-Chicken Chic Po’ Boy is unique, due to its two distinctly different flavors of chicken. One half of the sandwich is chicken soaked in basil pesto, while the other half is rich with creamed avocado. Both halves of the crunchy sandwich include lettuce, tomatoes and cheese. A thick soup made of creamy mushrooms sprinkled with almonds and a green salad with balsamic dressing accompany the meal.

The Aloha Burger is a meal for the adventurous. It has a thick, juicy patty, lots of melted cheese, crispy bacon, lettuce, avocado, tomatoes, red onions and grilled pineapple. Salty potato wedges come with it, along with the restaurant’s “gobbler sauce.”

Although the restaurant specializes in brunch, sandwiches, and burgers, Gobble n’ Go serves various salads (caprese, smoked salmon and creamy avocado chicken) and sides (chicken teriyaki wings, nachos and fish n’ chips), too. Pasta, risotto and steaks are also available.

So, who studied interior design, said his goal is to create a “comfy, cozy, and causal” atmosphere. Huge photographs of people and places from his travels line the walls. Random mugs, Campbell’s soup cans and novels are scattered on the metal beams that stretch high above the rectangular wooden tables and hardwood floor.

The hanging brass kettle, cups, pots, pans, and utensils against the wall and a white chandelier hovering from the ceiling create a unique atmosphere. In the evenings, small lamps and candles on each of the tables are lit, creating a tranquil ambience.

Gobble n’ Go is located off the Itaewon main street in the alley with OKitchen and BlessU. To get there, walk out Itaewon Station exit 1, and take your third right. The restaurant is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Meals range from 13,000 to 18,000 won.

Address: 628, Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul

Phone: 02-511-5388


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