Name: Makgeolli Salong (막걸리 싸롱)
Location: Sinchon (there is a larger one in Hongdae as well)
Reviewed by: Wang Min & Monica on June 15, 2012
Thoughts: We loved it! Here is some information about what we enjoyed!
Service: 5 * * * * * Albam (알밤): 4 * * * *
Style: 4 * * * * (sweet, thick, not a strong alcohol taste)
Ambience: 5 * * * * * Geumjeongsanseong (금정산성): 4 * * * *
OVERALL: 4.5 * * * * 1/2 (sour, clean)
Bossam (보쌈): 5 * * * * *
This location is smaller makgeolli house, but it is just so inviting. The servers and workers were all very friendly. There were makgeolli bottles lining the windows, which of course, isn’t so uncommon, but it was awesome!
We loved the open, but private environment. There are two main areas, which are divided, but not closed off from each other. The first area is for traditional floor sitting, but has some western comfort as there is a hole or dip for your legs! The second area is like an indoor patio. There are three small tables lined against the big open windows where you can sit and enjoy the breeze or people watch! We only had one order of anju (안주) from the menu, but it was phenomenal. The tofu that came out with our bossam was so silky and fresh. All of it was great and the food going to other tables also looked delcioius.
What Wang Min and Monica didn’t like: There are only three tables available to sit near the window. Each of those tables are small and any more than 2 or 3 people is quite a squeeze. This house has two locations, this one in Sinchon and one in Hongdae. We were told that location in Hongdae is not so quiet, it’s larger and busier feeling…so almost a whole different restaurant. We are curious as to which one is better!
Go to Sinchon station,take exit 3 and follow the road. When you get to the 2nd set of lights (a 4-way intersection with Uplex), do not cross the street, but turn right. Walk about 5 minutes (give or take a couple) and on your right there will be a small parking lot. Look up and you will see Makgeolli Sangdong. Go around the back and upstairs to enjoy.
Sinchon address: 서울 서대문구 창천동5-36번지2층
Hongdae address: 서울 마포구 서교동358-92번지1층
We have recently reviewed the Hongdae location at one of our meetings, check out our review here.
Have you been to Makgeolli Salong before? Hongdae or Sinchon? Tried more dishes or have more opinions? More questions? Leave us a comment below and tell us what you think!