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Tuna in Korea

I love going to all you can eat tuna (참치) restaurants in Korea!  It’s not that expensive, you get a lot of food and it tends to be a long meal, so you can talk and get your drink on!  You are not getting the best cuts of tuna but if you go to the right places you will be surprised.

There are two well-known chains in Korea, Lee Chon Bok (이춘복) and Dok Do (독도) and they have the same setup.  It’s KRW 25,000 per person for the regular or you can pay more to get better cuts, i.e. the “special” is usually KRW 38,000.  Tell your server which price point you want and the tuna is basically all you can eat.  They also give you a lot of side dishes to try to fill you up, so you eat less tuna.  And that’s how the story goes.  Enjoy the pictures and at the end I got some thoughts to share.

The side dishes

The tuna

More side dishes



The three of us were there for over 2 hours, the tuna was great, the side dishes were whatever, we had lots to drink, and it ended up costing like $50 per person  Great time!

Before I tell you where this place is, I want to confess that I used to frequent both of the chains that I mentioned on top.  I say this because New Yorker’s don’t go to chain restaurants, but I didn’t know the lay of the land here, so I didn’t know any better.

At both of the chains, they don’t thaw their tuna all the way, they serve it slightly frozen.  WTF!  A Japanese person would have a heart attack.  Also there is a noticeable difference in the quality of the tuna and they are not as generous when refilling your tuna.

My buddy did a quick search on Naver and was able to find this little gem!  The moral of the story, don’t go to the chain restaurants.  Ask a friend or a coworker, to find a local tuna joint near you!  Or you could check out this place, you will not regret it.

Rating:  8 out of 10

참치공방:  02-732-8014  Jonggak station (종각역) exit #3


One comment on “Tuna in Korea

  1. cy
    February 29, 2012

    맛있겠따 은행이랑 마늘!

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This entry was posted on February 27, 2012 by in Jongno, Korean, Rating 8.


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