In a world full of restaurants, there are foodies who constantly indulge and guide them. These include the first generation of âdinersâ, the artist Vanyong-man, the food columnist Hwang Gyo-ik, and the chef Park Chan-il. They mainly vividly conveyed food that they could not taste in person, such as posting columns in newspapers or publishing books. On my day off, I used to post a post-it note about where I would go on a foodie trip this weekend.
Nowadays, food influencers are active on Instagram. Instead of saying a few words, she immediately catches the eye by recording hundreds of thousands of âlikesâ on a square photo.
Gorgeous influencers such as Jaemakase (@rivna .home/ 9.5,000 Instagram followers), Taste Prospecting (@mattamyoung/73.7,000 Instagram followers), Naegung Tasty (73.6,000 followers on Instagram), Mattagoras (@mat_thagoras, 95.8,000 Instagram followers), and Bae Chil Soo (42,000 @cmykhc82 /Instagram followers/33.6,000 blog neighbors) probably had enough influence to overhear the restaurant industry. @naegung_tasty
After experiencing many restaurants, they opened their own space to pursue their own flavors. It would not have been an easy decision to create a place where people who were in a position to evaluate others were evaluated. However, they did it, and they have received good reviews. This week, check out the depth of their experiences at restaurants set up by food influencers themselves.
1. Seongsu âRibna,â a dining restaurant created by culinary genius Jaemakase
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The chef, nicknamed âSeoul Forest Jaimakase,â opened a restaurant in earnest while cooking for a friend in Seoul Forest. Like Yong-wook Barbecue Research Institute, âbookeâ became âbonke.â The wine bottle interior is stylish in a modern and clean interior. Omakase opens a single menu. Adventurous plates stand out, such as combining ragu sauce and pastries, scraping bone marrow and putting it on a steak. The way they share large portions of food with each other, like at a home party, also has a friendly feeling.
â²Location: 366-46, Ttukseom-ro, Seongdong-gu, Seoul
â²Business hours: 19:00 to 22:30
â²Price: 100,000 won per person (8 courses)
â²Testimonial (Shikigin Cherry Blossom ending): There was a limit on the number of people, so I had to recruit party members, but I was really satisfied when I only saw the food. The chef was very kind and gave thorough explanations. I'll go again~
2. Food influencer Naegung Tasty participated in Apgujeong's' Dodseolbak '
Dotsubak, which is named as a compound word for bento, and âdojubak,â is a place that serves meals with the theme of ârice cooked with rice.â The signature âUdamadaâ captures both flavor and visuals by putting salmon roe, scallops, tuna, sweet shrimp, and sea urchin on rice seasoned with sweet candle water and perilla oil. An eel bowl topped with charcoal-grilled eel and a sweet-flavored egg is also a favorite menu. The influencer Naegung, who participated in the project, not only runs Instagram, but also runs a YouTube Naegung tour, and even plans to write a book, and presents tireless energy.
â²Location: 25-3, Apgujeong-ro 42-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
â²Business hours: Lunch 11:30 ~ 14:30
â²Price: (Lunch) Half price with the sea: 39,000 won; Tteokgalbi: 18,000 won (dinner): Sea salad: 42,000 won; Eel and egg: 25,000 won
â²Testimonial (HyosuBee): Since it's a bar seat, I think a pseudonym for two would be perfect. Alcoholic beverages are essential, so I think it's a good idea to check it out. I thought the amount was a little small, but it was just right! The side dishes were also well refilled, so I ate well.
3. 'Gyeokjeong' in Mullae-dong, created by flounder foodie Mat Tam Yeong
Mullae Creative Village is a fun place to enjoy watching the streets along the murals. It's also a place with popular cafes and restaurants. Gyeokjeong recently officially opened after opening a restaurant specializing in grilled chicken, which is popular these days. The interior uses exposed concrete throughout to create an industrial mood. The grilled chicken consists of thigh, shoulder, tenderloin, brisket, and tendon, and the legs and shoulders are pre-cut. There are three types of sauce: salt, soy sauce, and mayo sriracha, and served with pickles. Since you eat light chicken alternately with various sauces and pickles, you can continue to enjoy new flavors without getting bitten. The affordable Yuzu Highball is also popular.
â²Location: 17-2, Gyeongin-ro 79-gil, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul
â²Business hours: 16:00 to 21:00 on weekdays, 12:00 to 21:00 on weekends (closed every Monday)
â²Price: Chicken platter 33,000 won, Gyebaek Champon 9,000 won, Gyeokjeong Yuzu Highball 8,000 won
â²Testimonial (Shikigami II, Aigiya II): I was so excited to hear the music while the roast chicken was acting lol lol the salt grill was delicious, and I liked the seasoning. I was puzzled that the champon had a bit of a white soup, but it was delicious.
4. âYukgae-okâ in Nonhyeon-dong, a seasoned Korean restaurant by Bae Chil Soo, Na Si-guk
Following Piyangok and Cheongryu Wall, a newly opened restaurant in Nonhyeon-dong. Meals are mainly Korean beef yukgaejang, and snacks include Korean beef steak and rice crackers, so it's satisfying no matter when you visit for lunch or dinner. Yukgaejang is a rich and heavy style with taro, bracken, and finely torn Korean beef, perfect for Haejang. 1++ Korean beef is very soft, and the platter consisting of sesame leaves, dongtae, pumpkins, and shrimp is served neatly. The menu structure, tableware, and ingredients exude the nuances of a traditional Korean restaurant, but the tabasco sauce served with raw oysters made me realize once again that it's an influencer restaurant.
â²Location: 167, Bongeunsa-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
â²Business hours: 11:00 to 21:00
â²Price: Korean beef steak 10,000 won, Korean beef steak (medium) 50,000 won, assorted steak 30,000 won, homemade dongzuku 20,000 won
â²Testimonial (Kung Cha Cha Cha Cha Cha Cha Cha Cha Cha Cha): It was a place where Eonju-ok was located, and I thought it would be good because it was a gukbap restaurant, but people were excited at lunchtime. Hehe, the Korean beef meat was really soft and delicious. A place worth running for a long time
5. âYasunoyaâ in Huam-dong by the boss Matagoras, the clean-up of flavors
A place where you can enjoy Sapporo style lamb. In addition to the main branch in Huam-dong, there are branches in Samgakji, Sinyungsan, and Apgujeong. Every seat consists of a bar table, so you can watch the meat grilling more live. The main menu is the signature raw lamb ribs, which use lamb that is less than a year old, marinate the part of the French rack, and then grill it on a Genghis Khan style grill. The best way to eat well-cooked lamb is dipped in a little salt and topped with wasabi. The Sapporo style soup curry made with lamb ribs and vegetable toppings in a curry-based broth with a light viscosity is also a delicacy.
â²Location: 8-1 Huam-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
â²Business hours: 17:00 to 22:00
â²Price: Yasunoya signature raw angalbi 29,000 won, raw lamb sirloin 25,000 won, Sapporo soup curry 23,000 won
â²Testimonial (Daily Diet): After a long time, I found a proper Sapporo lamb rib grill restaurant. You can eat grilled lamb ribs surrounded by C-shaped bar seats. The lamb ribs are soft and tasty. The soup curry was delicious and there was also Yebisu draft beer, which was nice. It has a relatively large number of people and is very popular.
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