Dokseodang-ro, laid out from Hannam Station, through Hannam Ogeori, Oksu and Geumho-dong towards Eungbong Samgeori — it’s an area you will hear of more and more often. The name Dokseodang-ro comes from ‘Dokseo-dang’ (translates to “house of books”) which was established for the scholars on a “reading vacation” (yes, such a thing existed) granted by King Seongjong during Joseon Dynasty. Although it’s traditionally a residential area with a dozen embassies, there have been interesting shops, bars and restaurants popping up here in the recent years. Along with the whisky bar Speakeasy Mortar, the newer venues such as O Mangia and Ox Bar are now creating a unique and refined neighborhood, while D Museum along with D Project Space are always attracting artistic and trend-savvy crowds to the quiet road. Here’s our list of bars and restaurants in the area for enjoying a nice meal or a drink after checking out the art show at D Museum.
Restaurants and bars around D Museum
Good Italian food, an elegant but not-too-formal atmosphere, a central but not-too-busy location — O Mangia located across from the UN Village is one of those places you’d want to know of in every neighborhood. With its kitchen managed by the celebrated chef Hwang Dong-hui from Nonhyeon-dong’s Bistro Piuzza and Sinsa-dong’s Grano, O Mangia offers a lineup of pizzas, pasta and gnocchi, steak and antipasti.
Living up to its name, the bar serves up quality beef (Hanwoo) menus (even the welcome drink is — instead of any classic or creative cocktail — genuine seolleongtang, Korean ox bone soup) along with great cocktails. The menu’s actually quite large, and includes T-bone steak, roast beef and ossobuco. Exclusively on Mondays, the kitchen serves up burgers (18,000 won), which is another reason to find this bar. At the bar section, manager Lee Su-won and bartender Choi Beomgyu create delicate cocktails.
There are 3 types prepared as “American brunch”. Among them, the most popular one is A Camel’s Story (16,000 won), which comes with buttermilk pancakes, sausage pastries, pink sausage, two eggs, bacon and country potatoes. What’s great is that, for eggs, there 4 ways to choose from: scrambled eggs, sunny side up, over-easy and poached eggs. The star of the meal was the chocolate-chip pancakes (9,000 won). They’re light and soft without being too fluffy. And, talking about chocolate chips! There’s such a generous amount of them in those good old fashioned goodness.
Dried pollock soup, or bukeoguk, is known to be the ultimate hangover remedy in Korea. But for us ‘adults,’ there are times when we miss this warm, savory dish even without a lot of drinking the night before. What Hannam Bukeoguk located by Hannam Ogeori offers is just that, and much more. The seemingly endless menu which includes steamed pork, all kinds of meat and vegetable jeon (savory pancakes) and fresh sashimi is great with not only the homemade omija makgeolli but also the selection of whiskeys and wines that are available here.