Lunch at Bamboo Valley (대나무골)
1709-4 Seocho-dong, Seocho-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Treating us to an authentic Korean meal other than the popular and usual BBQ, Hansang took us to Bamboo Valley in the Gangnam area. It’s probably one of my favorite meals of the trip since the restaurant was quite legit. Packed even well after lunchtime, everything was tastefully traditional and we were the only foreigners around. So it’d be a bit difficult dining here without a local, but I definitely recommend it if you know anyone based in Seoul!
Traditional Korean meals are quite known for the number of side dishes, not to mention the kimchi of course, that accompany their mains. Hansang ordered a set menu that included jellyfish with vinegar sauce and roasted pollack among others. Great stuff for only 20,000 KRW each.
Jeil Bldg. 1F, 394-44 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea+82 2-334-5152
Seoul is one of the many cities known for its stylish and quirky cafés. While there was one in almost every corner of the city, we chose to swing by Bau House since the concept of a pet café still seems alien to the Philippines- as far as we know of at least. (They’ve got cat cafés too but those felines make me cringe.)
The Bau House is a dog café where you could find a variety of pups, some are the café’s residents while others are brought in by customers. Anyone could enter, but to stay inside, you’ll have to buy an overpriced drink (an iced coffee or a smoothie) priced at around 7,500 KRW.
Most of the four-legged dwellers looked well-trained and just chilled with the customers, but there were also those mischievous ones who enjoyed a good run around and a play fight. In terms of sanitation, employees were hella attentive and seemed to always act quick to make the place spotless in an instant.