Walked by this place a few weeks ago and saw customers eating with such fervor that I had to give a try, despite my reluctance to promote any franchise eateries. I didn’t give it a try right at that moment because the place was packed at lunchtime, but I was able to try out their original branch sometime later near Seokchon Lake Park, a popular area with tourists attractions like Lotte Theme Park and Korea’s largest building, Lotte World Tower. After thoroughly enjoying my meal, I found myself thinking that there aren’t many franchised restaurants in Korea and this relatively new restaurant named Kimchi Doga, I believed, would have the best chance of succeeding.
According to signage, they started off solely as a kimchi business but “the kimchi was so good that they had no choice but to expand into the restaurant business.” Smart move. The meal was perfect in every way. Translucent, well-aged kimchi served “whole” with a generous amount of pork in an intense broth. Once the soup is reduced down (basically to condense the flavors), the kimchi and broth were a nice balance of tart and savory, made even more delicious with the generous chunks of pork and rice. And speaking of rice, they offer healthy “sotbap” (pressurized rice in a metal vessel), which means you get “soongnyung ” as a post-meal dessert. The banchan and friendly service aren’t that bad either, so it qualifies as one of the more impressive, heartier meals at a remarkable price point, 8,000 won.
Food: ★★★★ out of 5 stars
Service: ★★★★ ½ out of 5 stars
Ambiance: ★★★★ out of 5 stars
Value: ★★★★½ out of 5 stars
Kimchi Doga 김치도가
Seokchon-dong 23-5, Songpa-gu (송파구 석촌동 23-5 )
Hours: Open every day 11:00 am ~ 10:00 pm except Saturday
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