Wolhyang – Itaewon (월향 3호점)

Name: Wolhyang (월향)

Location: Itaewon

Reviewed by: Mama Julia

Thoughts: Wolhyang is one of the largest and most reputable chains for makgeolli.  They carry an extensive range of makgeolli from all over the peninsula, as well as their own brewed makgeolli. The Itaewon location is the last of three, the others being in Seogyo dong and Hongdae (Scroll to the bottom for links to reviews of other locations). The Itaewon location carries a similar feel to the Seogyo-dong location, though it is even more hidden in the back alleys of Itaewon.  In addition to carrying an extensive makgeolli range, it is also open from midday for those who are looking for a makgeolli lunchtime option.

Wolhyang Itaewon Inside

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LOCATION

Service: ****

Style: **

Ambience: ***

OVERALL: ***

Food

Stuffed Peppers (고추튀김): ****

Recommended Makgeolli

Wolhyang Level 1 (월향 1단계): *** (sweet, medium bodied, clean, light)

Wolhyang Wonju 15% (월향 원주)) **** (strong, thick, dusty, alcoholic)

 

Wolhyang Itaewon Stuffed Peppers

 

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The Itaewon location of Wolhyang is the most recent of the three bars, the first being Hongdae followed by Seogyo dong.  This bar is situated far from the busy end of Itaewon and down a winding alley, ensuring that you feel far enough from the Itaewon hype.  Inside is the signature sparse Wolhyang decor with open tables and big windows, though it is a little darker than the Seogyo dong location.  It is consistent with the other locations in terms of menu and food, and you can always guarantee you will eat and drink well.

What We liked : The Service. Wolhyang Itaewon Jar  All three Wolhyang locations offer just about the same food and makgeolli, but the staff at the Itaewon location are just that little bit more attentive and personable.  If you come here more than once, the staff will be sure to remember you and recommend new things to try.  We also love their daytime drinking policies, as this location in particular is popular for some afternoon makgeolli specials.

What we didn’t like: The price. As with the other Wolhyang reviews, we still struggle with the high prices.  Even though Wolhyang has some excellent makgeolli from a range of reasonable to expensive prices, it’s the food costs that will hurt the wallet.  If you are frequently ordering to replenish the food, the final bill can definitely get out of hand.

Recommendation: Wolhyang Itaewon is a great place for an afternoon hangout with friends.  The distance from the main drag of Itaewon means it is quieter and more comfortable for a longer visit without, getting too over crowded.

Wolhyang Itaewon OutsideHow to get there: Come out of Hangangjin Station (Line 6) exit 3 and walk straight.  Take your third left and walk all the way down the hill until you see a bar on the corner called Moonshine (this is the wine bar connected to Wolhyang), the front entrance to Wolhyang will be just around the corner.

Address:서울 용산구 한남동 682-13  Ph: 02 794 9202

Map:  Here

Read our reviews of the other locations:

Wolhyang – Hongdae

Wolhyang – Seogyo-dong

Have you been to Wolhyang Itaewon before? Tried more dishes or have more opinions? More questions? Leave us a comment below and tell us what you think!

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MowMow (모우모우)

Name: Mowmow (모우모우)

Location: Itaewon

Reviewed by:Mamas ‘& Papas on: 1st September, 2012

Thoughts:  Mowmow is fairly new on the scene, and we had heard good things about the quality makgeolli and food.  Mamas & Papas didn’t rave about the food, but the makgeolli was undoubtedly of top quality.

LOCATION                                       FOOD

Service:        **1/2                              Kimchi/Dubu/Pepper Jeon (모든 전류) :  ***

Style:             ***                                   Moosam(무쌈):    ***1/2

Ambience:  ***1/2

OVERALL:  ***

MAKGEOLLI

MowMow makgeolli (모모막걸리):   ***   (light, banana hints, fresh, thin)

Maemil makgeolli (메밀막걸리):       ***  (yogurt-like, floral, astringent, sweet)

Deoksan makgeolli (덕산막걸리): ***1/2 (gritty, tart, smokey, lemony)

 

Photo Credit: Jay Lim

MowMow is in the back alleys of Itaewon, perched high on the hill.  If you’re wondering where the name ‘MowMow’ came from, it stands for ‘Makgeolli or Wine’, so if the makgeolli doesn’t float your boat you can opt for a bottle of vino instead.  It has an ultra modern interior with a busy atmosphere, and it fits right in to this part of the neighborhood.  The makgeolli menu available is of good quality, and has been well selected to suit first time makgeolli drinkers.

What Mamas & Papas liked : The Deoksan (덕산) makgeolli.  Most of the makgeolli on offer are crowd pleasers, easy to drink and on the sweet side.  The Deoksan was a nice balance of sweet and slightly sour makgeolli, and had a refreshing taste.  One Mama said ‘it reminds me of flowers on a spring day, really unique.’  Mamas & Papas also liked the menu descriptions in English.  It was nice to be able to get a description of the makgeolli ingredients and where it comes from for those who may not be familiar with different kinds of makgeolli.  We also tried one of the many makgeolli cocktails, the espresso makgeolli, and were pleasantly surprised with the outcome.  One Mama called it ‘a good dessert makgeolli.’

What Mamas & Papas didn’t like: The food variety.  There are a lot of different kinds of Jeon on the menu, and we were excited to try something a little different.  However after trying a few, we realized they weren’t really that different at all and were following the same kind of formula and recipe.  One mama described it as ‘Good, but nothing memorable’.  The Jeon also came out in small individual sizes, as opposed to a large portion for all to share.  Mamas & Papas were left a little hungry at this meeting.

Mamas & Papas were also not very comfortable in the group seating.  We were crammed up next to another table and had to climb over each other to get to the bathroom.  The service was a bit lacking and we were mostly left to our own devices.

Recommendation: Mowmow is a great place if you have never tried makgeolli before and you want to be in a bustling, busy atmosphere.  It certainly suits the neighborhood, and if you’re looking to take some makgeolli first-timers somewhere quality, Mowmow fits the bill.

 

                               Photo Credit: Jay Lim 

How to get there:

Take Line 2 to Itaewon station and come out of exit 1.  Walk down the street and take the second right, you should walk past Tartine and you will come up on an intersection.  Walk up this street until you see a Family Mart (though probably will be a  CU soon) and Mowmow is up the hill on the right.

Address:

서울 용산구 이태원동 118-71

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Mowmow was reviewed by 10 Magazine here.

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