Korea’s Best Kept Secret: OKitchen

Wow, I cannot rave enough about the awesome restaurant Daniel and I went to for our anniversary lunch. OKitchen in Itaewon had great service, fantastic food, and jaw-dropping prices… their five-course lunch tasting menu (plus bread and tea or coffee) is only ₩20,000 ($18)! It’s more expensive (₩35,000 or $31) if you want steak as your main course as I did but still a great bargain.

The bread basket came first and featured melt-in-your-mouth cornbread, a sweet bread with caramelized onions, and crisp pita triangles with olive oil.

Our first course was the seafood plate. An example of the superior service there: our server noticed I wasn’t eating it (I don’t like seafood) and offered to bring me something else instead! But I said Daniel could have two servings of the sea bass, yellowtail, flatfish, shad, and oyster. 🙂

The next course was chestnut soup with caramelized apple. A perfect fall dish!

Our third appetizer was my favorite: greens with duck pastrami, pan-fried duck, pear, grilled figs, pecans, and Gorgonzola.

For Daniel’s main course (he did the ₩20,000 tasting menu and had three choices), he got orecchiette with sausage, snails, and chick peas. I ordered the steak, which was pretty standard: cooked medium rare in a red wine and pepper sauce and served with mustard seeds, salad, and potatoes.

And last but not least, dessert!! Chocolate cake with a crispy wafer and blueberry sauce on the side, apple pie with vanilla ice cream which tasted oddly like nutmeg or cinnamon, and a ginger sorbet. (Maybe to cleanse your palate? It was too strong for me though!) Served with coffee or tea (green, black, or Korean traditional).

A perfect(ly cheap) anniversary meal!

From Itaewon subway station, take exit 1, go about two blocks, and make a right at a store called Pacific Shopping. The restaurant is in the alley on the left.

-Jen Pace



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2 responses to “Korea’s Best Kept Secret: OKitchen

  1. Mary Baumgartner

    Hi Jen, Wish I was there ’cause I love fish, especially shell fish. Hope you’re getting plenty of fresh veggies. By the way, chick peas are very healthy to eat also. Love, Grandma

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