Name: Dr. Lee’s Sindong Makgeolli (이박사의 신동막걸리)
Location: Daeheung (Mapo-gu)
Reviewed by: Mama’s and Papa’s on: April 27, 2013
Thoughts: Nestled a few blocks from the Han river near Sogang University (서강대), this quaint neighborhood makgeolli bar is a great place to sit down and enjoy a bowl of house made makgeolli, sample some delicious Korean (한우) beef dishes, or sip on a glass of scotch. The owner is proud of his food and drink, and everything from the makgeollli to the food is of a very high quality.
Overall: **** (4 stars)
Green Bean Jeon: (crisp, earthy, neutral, healthy, starchy) **1/2 (2.5 Stars)
Beef Jeon: (tender, well presented, tangy) *** (3 Stars)
Korean Beef: (rare, beautifully marinated, sumptuous) ***** (5 Stars)
Sindong Makgeolli (신동 막걸리): (Pear, sweet tinge, a dash bitter, balanced, bubble gum aroma.) ***1/2 (3.5 Stars)
What Mamas & Papas liked: The grilled beef. Hands down, all of the mama’s and papa’s raved about it. One papa described it as “heaven on a June day.” Many of our reviewers agreed that it was the “best anju ever!”
What Mamas & Papas didn’t like: The green bean jeon. The mama’s and papa’s agreed that the Jeon was too neutral of a flavor, and that it needed an extra zip, despite its healthy appearance and crunchiness, they were turned off by the dish’s blandness and size.
Recommendation: If you are in the neighborhood for a little more upscale gastronomic experience with a nice house made makgeolli, this is definitely the place to come. The house itself is reminiscent of a Japanese style noodle house, with a large horseshoe shaped bar and kitchen occupying a majority of the space inside. It’s ideal for groups of 2-4 people.
How to get there: At Daehung (Sogang University) station, come out of exit 3 and head right toward the corner. At the corner, you will take a left. Walk down this street for three big blocks. You will cross two intersections with lights. Once you come to the third intersection, don’t cross. Instead, hang a left. (You’ll know you’ve come to the right intersection if you see Shin Seok (신석) Elementary across the street.) Walk down the street for about 100 m. You’ll be able to see a GS service station, as well as a church steeple as you pass by. The house is on your left, and once you see the sign, come on in!
Address: Younggang-dong 494-41(마포구 용강동 494-41)
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