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So I just moved to Seoul ...

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by nis14, Nov 18, 2012.

  1. acidboy

    acidboy Senior member

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    I definitely am beholden to the acidwife.

    .... but I'm also an admirer of the female specie. :satisfied:
     
  2. curzon

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    Yeah brother, why have a harem when you can have a wife?

    These Pinays have it goin' on; there's much to admire. Does the missus watch you like a hawk?
     
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    Go bespoke then. The prices are extremely reasonable.
     
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    I'm going to be in Seoul next week for vacation, are there any must-visit and must-eat places? Any good denim shops? particularly looking for some pbj denim.

    Thanks.
     
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    curzon Senior member

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    No. No. And no.

    Enjoy your vacation. Dress warmly.
     
  6. Claghorn

    Claghorn Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I strongly recommend Isabelle's the Butcher. There are two, one in Sinsa-dong (a nicer area) and one in Itaewon (a less nice area). The Itaewon location is the better location as far as food. I strongly recommend the porterhouse; it's for two people and costs around 180USD (about 2 pounds of steak). I've had occasional experiences where it didn't warrant the price, but in general, each mouthful is worth every penny. Best steak in Asia.
     
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    Isabelle's is great but Goo Stk 528 is significantly better, imo--really the best steaks in Seoul. The price, of course, is um not low.

    There are no great denim places here. There's an APC store and some boutique-y places, but it's all heavily marked-up imports, afaik.

    In other news, I went to Goshe in Apgu yesterday and got measured for some shirts. Service was terrific, fabric and collar/cuff options were great. We'll see next week when I take delivery, of course.
     
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    Other must-do's in Seoul also relate to food. I recommend hitting Noryangjin fish market. Maybe not so doable without a Korean speaker, but a great time for sure. As for drinks, Speakeasy in UN Village is the best place for scotch and cocktails that I know. "Rocky" is the resident whisky man and he's very knowledgeable and even more enthusiastic, esp. if you share his taste for peat...
     
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    Goo 528 is better than Isabelle's, I agree. Neither are worth the money if you're just visiting.
     
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    Speakeasy is not the best bar in Seoul, but it's good enough and kinda fun inside. Rocky is a good guy.
     
  11. Claghorn

    Claghorn Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    More details on Goo Steak 528? I treat myself to Isabelle's (split with a friend) once a month...perhaps I should consider the switch. Is it more expensive (because I can barely justify the monthly steak as is)?

    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.
     
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  12. marvin100

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    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:
    http://m.visitseoul.net/en/article/article.do?_method=view&m=0004001002002&p=01&art_id=33566&lang=en
    http://nwww.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20100927000643
    http://woongkyoandyujung.blogspot.kr/2011/07/goo-stk-528.html
     
  13. marvin100

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    Yeah, just the best one I know. Which means, of course, that I need to know some more. Edumacate me plz?
     
  14. impolyt_one

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    There's another Goo steakhouse up on top of the hill in Itaewon towards the Hyatt, it has a different number (Goo 718 maybe?). They're USDA prime dry-aged (I don't know what Isabelle's has but I found it not as good) and I have no idea what the steaks cost, but probably comparable and the bills get obliterated if you start drinking wine anyway. Besides the steaks being better at Goo, the sides are also quite a bit better IMO, and they cook with a better amount of skill than what I see at Isabelle's. We drink upstairs at Baby Guinness all the time and all I ever see is amateur looking punk kids in cook's whites out on the side stoop smoking all day. At Goo the cooks are pretty industrious, fully open counter kitchen, and they're standing there peeling potatoes for the puree with 8" chef's knives pretty rapidly, they're not complete amateurs. Anyway, try and see. I find the wine list to be not bad either, some good Cali wines on there (not cheap, but I remember having an 07 Walter Hansel PN there that was great and well, Korean priced, but like 150 maybe?) - it's about a block or two up the first righthand side street of Garosugil from the Apku side. The restaurant is split into twin shops down at the bottom of this sunken parking lot, it's the back of a big furniture store building.


    Coffee Bar K. All I need to say. But I will say more - the kid with the glasses that works at Speakeasy worked at K for maybe a year and then went to Speakeasy. The rest of the kids at K have put in 3-4 years and are still working as bar backs, if that says anything. The cocktails are perfectly made and have this insanely tender balance, the bottle selection at K is about 3X as great as Speakeasy, and the head bartender is a world champion bartender from Japan. It's one of the very few food/drink establishments in Korea serving quality in their respective field. Bring bankrolls though. You can rack up a tab pretty quickly.
     
  15. Claghorn

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    Seconded.

    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.
     
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  16. marvin100

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    Superb. Had heard about it but not been. I'll check it out. Sheeit, we should have a Seoul meetup at some point...
     
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    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.
     
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    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?
     
  19. acidboy

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    I was at craft over the weekend enjoying victory pils while a band was playing classic rock and a nice young news reporter was talking to me about world affairs (no flirting at all). like a hawk :satisfied:
     
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    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.
     

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