Meat. Meat is life. I love meat. Give me a veggie salad and I will bite you.
Send me to a place where I can unlimited options for a single price and I’ll consider not haunting you after I die of happiness.
Yup. You read that right. For a single price, you can have much meat as you want, along with the necessary banchan (반찬 ‘sides’) and additional food options as you want. This particular one I always go to has it all: meat, good kimchi, even ice cream and fruit!
This place is Meat-ing. Those who are familiar with Korean culture may be snickering at the punny title but for those of who don’t get it, be patient. I’ll do another post about dating soon.
Anyways, back to Meat-ing.
One of the things I love about this place is how easy it is to get to. Just get yourself to Children’s Grand Park Station (어린이대공원역 Line 7) and walk out exit 4. Just walk straight out and you’ll see this. Like, it literally takes two minutes.
If you miss this, I really can’t help you.
You go up a set of honestly some dank looking stairs. Don’t worry – no one is going to jump out and murder you with a cleaver. But there’s a lot of dirt on those stairs so try not to fall.
It’s a short walk up the steps and you’re there! Just walk in and let them know how many there are.
The one thing I love about this place is just how spacious it is. I don’t think there’s ever been a time when my friends and I had to wait for a table. Granted, there was never more than four of us at a time but I’ve definitely seen large groups while I was there and it never felt too crowded. This has also become quite a popular place for foreigners so none of that “Oh, alien!” stares to worry about. Bonus!
Now when you walk in and sit down, some of you may be like “So…now what?” Fear not, my darlings. I am here to guide you.
The first thing you want to do is decide if you want to drink soda or not. Because this place also has the unlimited drink option. If you look next to the grill, you’ll see a menu with side options.
The most important part is at the bottom. The one where it says 2,000 won followed by “unlimited beverage refills”
The best part? It’s only an extra 2,000 won for the entire table, regardless of how many there are. So if you go with, say, 4 people- thats each person paying only 500 won extra for unlimited drinks.
They have the classic Pepsi and Cider (Korea’s Coke & Sprite) but they also have Mountain Dew and even both yellow and orange FANTA.
Now for the most important part: the meat.
Most neat buffets serve pork. This is simply because pork is cheaper and easier to self-serve. They have it in various forms and the classics such as sausages, samgyeupsal, and pork galbi are a given.
What I love about this place, though, is that they serve duck. Yes, that is correct. Duck
I love duck. Like, you have no idea. It’s so succulent and tender and it’s supposedly good for your digestive system as well. This is usually my ultimate reason to come here. I mean, pork you can get anywhere. But duck? Not so.
In Korea, you share everything. That means you get enough for everybody. I had a friend who made the mistake of only getting enough for herself. I gently guided her back to the meat section (meaning I grabbed her hand and dragged her back hard – plate and all) and stuffed her place with enough for everybody. That’s how you do it in Korea.
Just make sure y’all don’t get too greedy now. There’s 5,000 won charge for excessive leftovers. Remember: you can always go back to get more if you still hungry!
Now onto the sides.
When you eat meat in Korea, the vegetarian sides are very important. I, for one, take kimchi very seriously. Luckily, this place has one of the best kimchis I’ve ever tasted. There’s also lettuce for those who like the lettuce wrap, mushrooms, bean sprouts, and onions. They even offer the brown marinade to dip the onions in: a classic Korean side dish.
But I would say the most unique part about this particular restaurant is the fruit. This right here is a huge deal. Why? Cuz when you in Korea, fruit is damn expensive!
The fruit is seasonal and subject to change depending on where you go. I’ve been here all seasons and I’ve seen watermelon, oranges, and even kiwi pass through. The apple, however, seems to always be there.
But don’t worry, my junk food aficionados. There’s also ice cream!
The buffet also offers a variety of fried foods and, of course, the rice. This is pretty much a given in all meat buffets though the type of fried food they serve will vary. Here, it’s mostly dumplings and spicy rice cakes but I know another place that serves pizza and fries. But quite frankly, I go for the meat so…
Once you sit down, you’re given a limit of 2 hours to stuff your face. Sometimes, during the weekday lunch periods, they tend to be slow which means they’re a bit more lenient with you lingering after your meal. During the dinner rush, though, be prepared to move once you finish that last piece because they will side-eye and judge you out tha door if you don’t (they’re actually quite nice, though. I promise).
This place really has it all: easy to find location, quality servings, and comparable prices (10,500 won until 5pm and then 11,500 won for dinner). So if you and your friends are in the area and got some big eaters in the group, I’d say check it out!
Hours: 11am – 11pm (NOTE: on Mondays, they don’t open until 5pm)
Address: Seoul, Gwangjin-gu 179 Neungdongro (서울특별시 광진구 능동로 179)
Phone number: 02-2625-7942