Name: In The Alley (길목에서)
Reviewed by: Mamas & Papas on: 17th April, 2013
Thoughts: In The Alley is a traditional style makgeolli gem tucked away in a basement location. It is easy to walk past this place and not know it exists, but it offers some of the freshest and hardest to come by makgeolli and dong dong ju in town.
Beef Jeon (소고기전): *****
Roast Beef(소고기로스): ****
Mixed Jeon (모듬전): ***
Kimchi Jeon (김치찌개): ***
Bean Sprout Jeon (부추콩나물전): ***
Baekasan Makgeolli (백아산 막걸리): **** (smooth, chalky, earthy, full)
In The Alley is a dark and traditional old style makgeolli house with a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere. It has a reputation for being the only location in Seoul to stock this particular kind of Dong dong ju, and the food has a mix of traditional classics, as well as some unusual finds.
What Mamas & Papas liked:. The beef. It’s an unusual accompaniment to makgeolli, but the dish Mamas & Papas were calling ‘The French Toast of Beef’ was a winner. Slices of beef covered in raw egg and cooked at the table, the sogogi jeon was tender and delicious. Mamas & Papas were also impressed by the makgeolli, which was fresh and drinkable. It is one of the few makgeollis that can boast being aspartame free, and it was evident in the taste. The dong dong ju was unusually clear and received mixed reviews. One Papa said “..start drinking this it’s your new summer beach drink!”, while another Mama said “tastes almost like flavored water.”
What Mamas & Papas didn’t like: The Mixed jeon. Mamas & Papas were unanimous that the modum jeon was just average and didn’t do much to excite. One Mama said ‘Could have a bit more taste’. Also not much of a hit was the potato jeon, as the potato wasn’t quite cooked through.
Recommendation: In The Alley is a great makgeolli hideaway for a rainy night or cold winters day. It has a cosy atmosphere with warming food and generous servings of fresh and delicious makgeolli. The service is prompt and welcoming and it’s a great place for a relaxing evening with friends.
How to get there: From Chungmuro station, exit out of exit 1. Continue straight out of the exit for two blocks until you see the SK car service station on your right. Take a right there and head down the windy steet for a few minutes. It will first wind to the right, then to the left. You will then come to the house. Look for a sign on your left. If you have come to the end of the road (an intersection), you’ve gone too far.Turn around. It should be within a good stones throw.
Address:서울 중구 필동3가 7 Map Here
Phone Number: 02 2275 8279
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