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  • 3 out of 5 stars

Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

The name of this establishment comes from the phrase “gaemi,” which in Jeolla dialect means “a savory taste.” (Fun fact: "gaemijib" can also be literally translated as “ant farm.”) The food in this Korean-style dining pub is based on the cuisine of the Jeollanam-do region. On the menu, you'll find seasonally sliced skate fish and parboiled dolmuneo (octopus from Cho-do island). Live nakji (small octopus) dishes and cooked skate fish are favorites of those who often enjoy nightcaps. The menu is representative of indigenous Korean food, while the dining area and decent service give the place a classy feel. The alcohol served is mainly premium soju, whiskey, and makgeolli (rice ale). In fact, don't expect to find your typical green-bottle cheap soju here—the focus is on quality, and that fake potato stuff just won't do. The cooked skate fish is especially nice at Gaemijib, and the citrus Makgeolli is popular. Mac-geolli, a mix of the Macallan Highland Malt Whiskey and Makgeolli, is also exquisite. Portions are small while prices are high, so if you’re looking to fill your belly then it may be best to stop by for dinner elsewhere before heading to Gaemijib for drinks. However, keep in mind that ordering food with drinks is expected in most Korean-style bars, so leave at least a little room. And it's food well-worth trying, so you won't want to miss out.


110, Apgujeong-ro
Sinsa Station (Line 3), exit 8
Makgeolli from 8,000 won, mains from 20,000 won
Opening hours:
Mon–Fri 11:30am–2pm (Break time 2:30pm–5pm), Sat 5pm–2am, Sun 5pm–1am
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