“It refers to kindred relations formed over a great meal,” the owner said when we asked of the name of this restaurant. Inside, it’s quite simple, with Edison light bulbs and wooden tables. The highlight of the interior is the wide windows of the front façade framing the picturesque scenery of Mullae-dong’s corroding alleyway.
Unfortunately, that’s about as far as it goes; mixing what seem to be Italian, German and Korean pojangmacha (street-food stall) dishes, the menu is quite confusing to say the least. We expected, for a second, that perhaps there is something to the strange combination of pasta dishes, Hamburg steak, tteokbokki and even fried sundae that the owner can offer, but with one bite of the creamy fish roe pasta, we thought perhaps the “kindred relations” formed here owe more to the atmosphere and scenery. The presence of fish roe was unnoticeable, while the cream had curds formed in the dish.
Despite the disappointment, we wouldn’t completely dismiss this place. The gimmari (deep-fried glass noodles and seaweed rolls) were surprisingly good. Homemade, with lightly sautéed noodles, these Korean childhood classics are quite subtle in flavors yet addictive and, undoubtedly, paired perfectly with a cold one.