Name: Unni Sarang Bang (운니 사랑방)
Location: Unni dong (Anguk Station) (운니동 )
Reviewed by: Mamas and Papas on May 28th 2016
Thoughts: After taking a stroll through the traditional streets of Unni dong, one can stumble upon this recently renovated hanok that has been transformed into a home for Korean traditional alcohol. With a fridge that boasts some of the best makgeolli available on the market, and an inspired menu of delicate flavors, Unni Sarang Bang can be a quiet place to dine and enjoy.
Service: **** 4 Stars
Style: ***** 4 Stars
Ambience: **** 4 Stars
Overall: **** 4 Stars
Bossam 보쌈 4.5 **** (Juicy, tender, deep flavoured)
Deodeok Duck 더덕덕 5 ***** (delicate, complex, surprising)
Guacamole & Nachos 5 ***** (perfect)
Spring leaf Jeon 봄나물 전 4 **** (earthy, green, light)
Jahuihyang Nabi 자희향 나바 4**** (refreshing, light, floral)
Cheonbihyang 천비향 탁주 4**** (citrus, tart, tangy)
Samyangchoon 삼양춘 4*** (milky, buttery, creamy)
Hansan Sogokju 한산 소곡주 3*** (smokey, earthy, sherry)
Sool-ah 술아 3.5*** (Strong, sweet, syrupy)
Solseongju 솔성주 3*** (Pine, crisp, bitter)
What we liked: The Food. We couldn’t stop raving about the food. The flavors were so delicate and complex, and despite the traditional atmosphere, the dishes were updated and modern takes on classic Korean pairings. It was a first time for any of our Mamas & Papas to have the opportunity to match makgeolli with guacamole, and it was a happy experience. We were also very pleased with the extensive selection of top-shelf brews to choose from. Two of our guests visiting from overseas exclaimed ‘Beats the pants off anything you can get in Thailand’.
Note: We have received word that the chef has since changed since our visit, so there may be some food menu changes.
What we disliked: The limited range of regular makgeolli. No denying the fridge was truly a sight to behold, however many of our Mamas & Papas expressed an interest in trying some lower alcohol content makgeolli. One Papa commented ‘This would be a sit and sip kind of place, rather than a drink with friends place.’
Recommendation: If you find yourself in the Anguk / Insadong area and would like a peaceful respite with excellent food and Korean alcohol, this is your place. The hanok location also makes it great for taking visitors to Korea to experience quality makgeolli in a beautiful setting.
Directions: Come out of Anguk Station (line 3) exit 4 and follow the main road as you pass a palace grounds on the left hand side. When you reach Deoksung Women’s University on the corner, turn left. Follow this street down until your third left, which will be a small narrow alley. The restaurant is an old Hanok on the left about halfway down the alley with the doors wide open for you to come in.
Phone Number: 02-742-3633
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