And Noryangjin fish market is a cool place. I recommend spending a decent amount of time wandering around the cafes and galleries in Samcheong-dong.
Edited by Claghorn - 11/30/12 at 1:35am
Goo is more expensive than Isabelle's. That said, I'd go there once every two months over Isabelle's once a month, but then again I don't need an insane dry-aged porterhouse all that often. (I admit that the fact that Isabelle's is owned by the Butcher's Cut/Smokey Saloon dude influences my thinking to some degree; that said, Goo is empirically better haha)
Here's a few links/maps/etc:
What cuts did you order? Isabelle's porterhouse is all Hanwoo. Anything outside of the porterhouse from Isabelle's has been disappointing for the price.
Also, I've found that if you bring several bottles of your own wine, you can usually get by paying a flat corking fee (particularly if you are a regular). If you drink a lot of wine, it probably will save you money.
Superb. Had heard about it but not been. I'll check it out. Sheeit, we should have a Seoul meetup at some point...
Another bespoke tailor that seems pretty interesting: http://blog.naver.com/buls13
But it's Naver blog again...seriously, I think one main reason I barely check any blogs/websites in my native language is because of goddamn Naver.
From what I remember, the import tax in S.Korea is pretty high so don't expect much on finding good deal if you're looking European/American products.
Actually, duty is coming way down with a KOR-US FTA rolling out bit by bit, but markups um haven't changed quite as fast.
Thinking about hitting up Bar K some night this week (a weeknight). Anyone want to meet up and find out firsthand what a boor and a philistine I am in person?
I dropped in at Coffee Bar K and Sahm Bar last night. Both are nice. At K I had a negroni (hey, just finished work), a Hendrick's martini, and a Lagavulin double matured. Everything was fine, but I was a bit taken aback when the bartender asked me if I wanted olives in my martini, which just doesn't seem right. Cucumber, of course. Very impressive Scotch list, bourbon, less so.
At Sahm, I also ordered a negroni & a Hendrick's martini, to compare. They didn't even have cucumbers at all. Finished with an Ardbeg 10, then off to dinner.
I've been getting mine at the Washington shirts in Sinsa for around 60k. I've not had any issues, but I've gone through most of their selection, and while I haven't been distressed at their construction, I've not been impressed either. They were very willing to accommodate a few requests a bit out of the norm, which was surprising since I suspect all requests go to some big factory somewhere.
Going to probably jump to a different tailor with a better selection of fabrics. I will have to give Goshe a trial pretty soon.