Never a big fan of long lines and crowded restaurants, I was proud of myself and a few friends for waiting it out (an hour to be exact) to get into a popular jukumi (baby octopus) and bindaetteok (mung bean pancake) restaurant in the heart of Hongdae. Thankfully, we were rewarded with some really great food and an unlimited supply of “self-service” banchan, which included plenty of perilla leaves, hard boiled eggs, cabbage slaw, and a few other sides. The really great food consisted of spicy grilled jukumi, bindaetteok, and fried rice, with each of them tasting so good that there was little talking going on at our table. As for the atmosphere, it’s practically the same setup as your typical Korean BBQ restaurant: round, metal tables with a portable gas-stove in the center, canister-type stools, and a lively bunch of young adults and college students.
Heeya’s Jukumi & Bindaetteok (희야네 석쇠 쭈꾸미 & 빈대떡)
369-4 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu (Hogok Building)
Hours of Operation: Open every day from 5pm ~ 2am