Name: Jongno Jumak (종로 주막)
Reviewed by: Mamas & Papas on: 12th January, 2013
Thoughts: Jongo Jumak is a 5 story makgeolli house with a traditional style interior. It is a young and lively place, which is more in the style of Korean Hofs than smaller makgeolli houses. Right in the centre of the nightlife district of Jongno, this place has large turnover of young people out for a good time.
Service: **** 1/2 Assorted Jeon(파전): ***1/2
Ambience: *** 1/2
OVERALL: *** 1/2
Dong dong Ju (동동주): **** (thin, strong, citrus, sweet)
‘Jongno Jumak’ is a large operation with many floors to suit any number of people. The atmosphere is dark and traditional, and it was packed with young people enjoying a Saturday night.
What Mamas & Papas liked : The atmosphere. Mamas & Papas enjoyed the lively but traditional style decor. Mamas & Papas also enjoyed the dong dong ju. Mamas & Papas all agreed that it was a very light, fresh and easy to drink. One Papa said It clears the tongue quite quickly, and there doesn’t seem to be an aftertaste’
What Mamas & Papas didn’t like: The food platter. Mamas & Papas ordered a set which included a large platter of fruit, which all were in agreement didn’t really go well. One Papa said ‘Too much fruit, not enough jeon.’ Mamas & Papas also weren’t sold on the yogurt makgeolli cocktail, which came out a little too sweet.
Recommendation: Jongno Jumak is a essentially a hof style house with a traditional atmosphere. If you are looking for a place with a lively atmosphere, able to to take large groups of people in the heart of the Jongno nightlife district, this is the place.
How to get there:
Mamas & Papas somewhat stumbled on this place, as there was a problem with our original reviewing plan. We therefore do not have the best directions as yet, but will be updating soon with an accurate location.
Phone Number: 02 739 7142 / 010 6363 0869
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