During the early ‘90s, Café Street was teeming with young people. Fancy cafés and restaurants lined the streets in the ‘80s, and the Yatas and the Oranges (terms that refer to bougie youth with expensive cars) swarmed here and in Apgujeong Rodeo. A couple decades later, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a decent café here, but Seoho Gimbap—you can spot right away. This hole-in-the-wall diner first opened in 1992 and is still overflowing with hungry customers. The interior has been renovated, but the tuna gimbap with mayo and kimchi sujebi tastes just the same and people line up to order them during the lunch rush. The early days of Seoho Gimbap can be re-visited in scenes from the 1993 film Two Cops, whose backdrop captures the very neighborhood. Lead actors Ahn Sung-ki and Park Joong-hoon walk past here on their way to ambush the black market record seller.
There are only two kinds of kimbap here and the one to get is their well-reputed vegetable Chosun Kimbap. The fresh and vivid tastes of the coneflower used in the filling go well with the rice.
Too large for one bite, the vegetable kimbap with black rice and chrysanthemums fills you with its unique taste and vegetable fragrances. The Korean name of this kimbap restaurant is 고른햇살.
Heavy on the filling and easy on the rice, it tastes even better than it looks. Taste the crunch of those carrots and there’s no denying how fresh the ingredients are.
Feeling the season? The special spring menu includes kimbap with fresh mountain herbs, deodeok and chwinamul. Eat local and fill up, too.