Gaemi Jip (개미 집)

Name: Gaemi Jip (개미 집)

Location: Apgujeong

Reviewed by: Mama’s and Papa’s on: June 8th, 2013

Thoughts: An upscale venue in the midst of Apgujeong, Kaemi Jip fuels its customers with refreshing house brewed makgeolli, expensive food, and a fast paced atmosphere in the setting of a concrete bunker. The prices don’t necessarily reflect the quality of the food, but you definitely get your money’s worth on the interesting makgeolli infusions that are made on site. It’s a true reflection of the Apgujeong lifestyle with its high prices, trendy young crowd, and scotch infused makgeolli cocktails.
Gaemi Jip Interior


Overall: **1/2 (2.5 stars)

Oyster Jeon: (Pungent seaweed, crispy, heavy, mildly spicy, doughy) ***1/2 (3.5 Stars)

Pork Bindaetteok: (Crispy, millet-like earthiness, neutral) ****1/2 (4.5 Stars)

Cheesy Haemul Kimchi Jeon: (Greasy, salty, sultry) ***1/2 (3.5 Stars)

Honey Galbi: (Small, chewy, sweet, L.A. galbi style, overpriced) *1/2 (1.5 Stars)

Gaemi Jip Cheesy Haemul Kimchi Jeon


House Makgeolli (개미집 막걸리): (Neutral, enjoyable, refreshing, ice cold, fresh, balanced) ***1/2 (3.5 Stars)

Citron Makgeolli Cocktail (유자 막걸리): (Super citrusy, juniper/gin tang, pungent, sweet) ***1/2 (3.5 Stars)

Macellan Whiskey Makgeolli: (Oaky, sweet, the makgeolli brings out the scotch flavor) **** (4 Stars)

Dongdongju (동동주): (Clear, smelly, roux like, strong, stale and sweet, reminiscent of soju) *1/2 (1.5 Stars)

Gaemi Jip Table

What Mamas & Papas liked: The makgeolli. Gaemi Jip JeonThe house made makgeolli was absolutely delicious, and reasonably priced. Their infusions of makgeolli with citron, as well as with the scotch set a new bar for makgeolli coctails

What Mamas & Papas didn’t like: The food prices.Gaemi Jip Dong dong Ju Be prepared to shell out around 30,000 W per dish. Even for that price, the portions were relatively small. Mamas & Papas also found it difficult to talk in the loud and boisterous smoke-filled atmosphere. The dongdongju was also disappointing. One mama wrote that she thought it was mislabeled.


Mama Julia’s Note* Dong-dong ju is notoriously ill defined. This is true in English and in Korean, and the long story short is that nobody truly can say with any authority what dong-dong ju is as yet.  Sometimes you will see it served as a clear liquid like here, more similar to Cheongju/Yakju, and other times you will see it appear more like makgeolli but be a bit stronger.  Message of the story, prepare for the unexpected.

Recommendation: This place is great for a smaller group who wants to enjoy some fresh brewed makgeolli in the midst of trend setting Apgujeong. It would be a perfect stop before a night out on the town, while kicking back and listening to throwback music from the ‘90’s.

Gaemi Jip OutsideHow to get there: Come out of Apgujeong Station (line 3) Exit 5. Walk straight, following the main road for quite a while, 7 blocks, until you see the Shinhan Bank in a grey brick building on your left. Take a left, and walk about 100 m until you see a CU. It’s right next door.

Address: 서울특별시 강남구 신사동 528-4 화인빌딩 1층

Phone Number: 02-541-5955

Map: Here

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Dr Lee’s Sindong Makgeolli (이박사의 신동막걸리) Photo Gallery

Mamas & Papas had a great time at this location, and we were even lucky enough to be filmed for a documentary about makgeolli on KBS TV. The food was amazing, and Dr. Lee took care of us very well….and was very patient with all the noisy filming! Check out our review of the place here.

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Dr. Lee’s Sindong Makgeolli (이박사의 신동막걸리)

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.
Dr Lee's Sindong Interior


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)

Dr Lee's Sindong - Dr. Lee

What Mamas & Papas liked: The grilled beef. Hands down, all of the mama’s and papa’s raved about it. Dr Lee's Sindong - Beef JeonOne 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. Dr Lee's Sindong - Bean JeonThe 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: Dr. Lee's Sindong - OutsideAt 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)

Map: Here

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