[Review] Thai Express Sinchon, Seoul.

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Thai Express is an average sized establishment near Ehwa Women’s College, a good 10 minute walk is all you need to get here. Thai Express resides in a building of several restaurants that are all owned by my fellow foodie’s father, Arnold! You can check out his blog here. He invited the business club to try out the food and treat us to a free dinner! Nothing better than that. Getting there was quite a feat and left me quite hungry, so I was ready to eat some authentic Thai food.

Onto the interior and first impressions…

The outside of Thai Express resembles a hut and gives you a sort of “village” vibe. Sadly, I couldn’t take a picture because it started raining and honestly, I forgot this time. When we walk through the doors, no one greets us even though we were a group of about 6, I’m not really taken at this because all the waiters were busy at the moment so it was only understandable. Taking a first glance at the walls, they were a pairing of orange and black which may sound odd, but it worked. The booths were well lit and not too flashy, giving each group significant space. Right down to the bathroom, the interior was clear and clean cut.

Enough about the interior, let’s get onto the 100 different dishes at Thai Express! The names of the dishes were quite hard to pronounce, so I’ll refer to them simply, like crab curry. I ordered a mango smoothie to begin my meal and it was refreshing and crisp. It paired well with the spicy dishes and cleaned the palate although I had to drink all of it in a matter of seconds due to me thinking a chili was a piece of meat…

gone in 3 minutes.

As starters, we ordered shrimp toast, which is basically a fish cake. The toast was fried to a crispy crunch, and you could really take a bite into it because of the meatiness of the shrimp. Although a bit greasy, I found it helped mesh it all together. Secondly, we ordered the Kung Pao Chicken…? But wait a minute, I thought this was a THAI restaurant?! I’m not sure of the exact name of this dish, but it looked real similar to its Chinese counterpart. I forget whether it was chicken or pork I was eating, it was yummy all the same. The cashews in the sauce helped give a nuttiness to the dish and paired well with the spicy factor. The chicken or pork came out crunchy, not being consumed by the sauce and becoming soggy.

i'm thinking chicken?

shrimp toast

Our third appetizer was the Lemon Chicken. I felt that the chicken was too salty and not lemon-y enough. Also, the portion was smaller than expected, as opposed to the picture. We finished the chicken in 2 minutes flat. Gone.

looks are deceiving

Moving onto the main course, my friend Ezra felt confident enough to suggest some dishes that he had tried at a Thai Express in Singapore. He ordered a seafood curry that I had been eyeing since we got there along with a green curry that I could not take a picture of because of my hungry friends. Oh yes, a small, random tidbit that was amusing was after my chili incident, the water was flowing as if it were Oktoberfest! Back to the curries. When they came out, I dug my spoon in and ate a mouthful. It was pretty darn spicy for me! It’s the kind of spiciness that makes you want to keep eating it because it was tasty. I finished a whole bowl of rice and barely made a dent into the curry! They were both creamy, sweet, and a punch of chili in each bite. Sadly, I had to say goodbye to the curries to make room for tastier, less spicy dishes.

too spicy!

The final three dishes were curried crab, honey chicken fried rice, and beef salad. The curried crab looked appetizing, but sadly, it was too bland and didn’t even have a spicy kick to it. The crab itself was bland and felt like there was nothing there. The next two dishes were the game winners. They were incredibly tasty!  Doesn’t the name “Honey Chicken Fried Rice” just make you want to eat it? As it was Arnold’s favorite dish, it had to be good! The chicken was so moist, sweet, and crunchy that I had to eat it apart from the rice to savor its clean flavor. The fried rice was done so well, they even had extra egg strips! So scrumptious. We gobbled all of the rice and chicken so quickly, it was the definite winner at our table. The Beef Salad was very delicious and did not disappoint. The beef strips were cooked to a medium well and had a sharp vinegary punch at the beginning that made way for a great chewy bite. It was basically eating mouth-watering steak, my own mouth is salivating as I write this!

not the best picture, tasty nonetheless

a "must-eat"

All in all, I had an exceptional dinner that night and all of us left content and not being able to eat anymore. Although many of the dishes could probably use less chili and allow a system where you can choose the spiciness level, they were still edible! Definite “must-eats” are the shrimp toast, honey chicken fried rice, beef salad, and mango smoothie.

 

I would recommend this place without a doubt, just keep in mind that some curries are spicy and might not cater to foreigners. The price tag on each dish is quite hefty so be ready to pay a significant tab. Definitely ask the waiters what they recommend, 100 dishes is A LOT. My advice? Bring as many friends as you can so the tab can be split. 😉 I estimate that for six people, it would come to about 79000WON including drinks. That is around 13 dollars per person.

[Review] Res2Go: Teriyaki Restaurant

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This is the restaurant my friend Arnold and I debated over. Both Trevia and Res2Go seemed to look pretty good, although he suggested that we go to Res2Go because he had tried it previously. You can find that review here, it was satisfactory, but it really didn’t surprise us in anyway. So, two weeks later we found ourselves in the same area with our good friend Steven. We decided to give Res2Go a chance, and boy, was it superb.

creative sign, no?

Right when we walked in, the cashier greeted us real happily, which was a plus for them. They seated us right away and gave us our menus & water. Right from the start I could tell the service was exceptional and was still anticipating how good the food would be. Arnold said with confidence that it’d knock our socks off. He was right. The music was quite nice because it wasn’t too loud, I could hear myself think unlike many other restaurants! The ambiance around the restaurant was really comforting, nothing felt out of the blue that made us uncomfortable. The interior was quite pretty as it matched with its other components, unlike the Naked Grill which had terrifying walls. I think I’ve rambled enough about the interior, let’s get onto the food, shall we?

simple menu, good stuff.

beef&chicken, amazing.


Arnold suggested the beef&chicken, so while Arnold and Steven ordered the chicken&pork, I got beef&chicken to try their’s. The food came out before we knew it, which made me happy. Once again,unlike the Naked Grill, the waitress here did not spend ten minutes talking to the chef with our food between them, she served them right away and the dishes were actually warm! Out of all the meat, chicken was the definite winner. It was just so good, with its chewy, juicy, smoky meat. Some of the chicken were charred to a crispy black, which really just added a whole new intensity of flavors. The crunchy skin combined with the sweet teriyaki sauce really made it for me. Steven and I kept saying “wow, this is amazing.” The beef was next. It was also charred all over which makes the meat just so much more juicy and mouth-watering. The pork came in last, not because it didn’t taste good but because the slices were too thin so you really couldn’t enjoy it as much as the other two. The sauce did not contaminate the meat to make it over salted, but we did have bottles of extra sauce to pour over whenever we pleased. The only tip I would give is that the salad was too bland, a little salt would’ve been lovely!I still finished my meal with a smile, enjoying each little bit of blackened chicken and beef. Simply put, it tasted like what teriyaki SHOULD taste like: smoky, chewy, sweet, tender, and covered with the best sauce. Did I mention their pickles were really yummy? They were spicy, crunchy, and sweet, really nothing else you could do to improve them.

The service was lovely as well, she served us with a great attitude and came round to see if we needed water. Arnold noticed that! I almost felt compelled to tip her!

To finish up, all three of us truly enjoyed our meals, they were extremely satisfactory. I still remember the potent smoky flavor of the meat, can’t wait to go again. I definitely advise that you try this place out, it’s totally worth the 10000WON and you won’t regret it at all, one of the best teriyaki places in Seoul. The bill came to 9900WON per person, about 10 dollars. The meal was TOTALLY worth it, and I’ll be happy to go again sometime soon.

I guess the third time really is the charm! Cheers.

[Review] The Naked Grill

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Just a word of advice to start off, don’t keep your expectations too high, it’ll make you real disappointed!
Why did I decide to check The Naked Grill this week? Well…I started seeing a bunch of teachers getting it at our school and thought, wow, this place must be good! I tried some of my friend’s fries and boy, were they good! I almost ate all of them, real addicting if I do say so myself. I was set with high hopes that The Naked Grill would be a hit and surpass my expectations…

First steps were filled with hope, I was ready for a great burger.

First impressions:

I could smell the grill, the caramelizing of onions, bacon, and the meat. Those kinds of smells is what makes me happy, would it satisfy?

Interior is pretty bad. The sides of the walls looked like my school gym.
The place was pretty well lit, which makes the lightbulb-ish lights really just useless…and they were ugly. The kitchenware they used was real ugly too, they could’ve picked something better.

they look worse in person.

Now to talk about the service. At first I thought it was really good, they came and gave menus along with water for us right after we came in. About 10 minutes after we’d ordered, things started to go downhill. When our food came out, they were talking over the FOOD. The dish was BETWEEN both the chef and waiter. Took a good 5 minutes before it finally came out, my friend Nicole pointed that out. Cheeseburgers have cheese right? Right. I think they follow a different belief here. The cheese on both my burger and Nicole’s steak&cheese were just…there. It was like eating layers of ingredients and did not work in the least.

cheese, MELT!

cheese. not melted.

Let’s talk about what really matters. The food.
The meat.
The meat itself was pretty good except that it just didn’t work with everything else. The cheese once again, was not melted and it felt like I was eating beef, and THEN the cheese. Not good. The bun and sandwich bread were good though, nice and crispy. A nice crunch going into a not-so-good burger is a big letdown.

I tried all three dishes: My bacon cheese, Arnold’s Buffalo Chicken Sandwich, and Nicole’s “Steak&Cheese”

I can’t say which one was best, because none of them were really exceptional.
Bacon: The meat was quite good, except only when you had it SEPARATELY.
Steak: There was moments of intense spice, but it didn’t add the to flavor, just unnecessary gulps of water. Once again, the cheese wasn’t melted.
Buffalo: Chicken was so thin, you can’t really enjoy it like that. The mildy hot sauce helped a lot, so I think Arnold’s pick was best.

I think I’ve said enough about The Naked Grill, and I definitely would not recommend this place. If you really want to try this place, come starving or else you’ll be greatly disappointed.

[REVIEW] Trevia-Pizza di Roma

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Well, my very first review to be exact! I was really excited about this. Since it was my first ever review, I decided to ask my friend and fellow food blogger arnoldfoodie to tag along. We went searching through Itaewon, but couldn’t really find anything we wanted because we were honestly not sure where everything was, but oh well! We walked down Noksapyeong and found this little place! Had the best outer decoration out of all the small little diners and we decided to check it out.

Outside the place, looks quite cozy doesn't it?

Going into the restaurant you’re hit with a little scent of Italy. Not too much, but much better than most places. Interior is quite fitting and inviting. When we finally decided to order, we were both pretty confused because the ordering system was a bit unorthodox, so we simply asked for a pepperoni pizza and a sprite. The total cost was about 15,000won, which is about 16ish dollars.

the menu, see if you get it. we couldn't.

If we’re talking about a homemade pizza, which we obviously are, 14 minutes is not bad at all. Although Arnold suggested that the service was not up to par, I couldn’t really say anything so I just dug in!

close up!

The first bite was quite nice, as it was a lot better than I had expected. You get the pepperoni oil on your fingertips, and get the mild heat as well. Arnold told me that the pepperoni tasted too “korean.” He meant that it wasn’t really Italian pepperoni. I thought it tasted quite nice! Korean pepperoni is MUCH more different. The cheese was actually really good, gooey, and of course, cheesy. The crust was made of ciabatta which made for a really crisp crust that was well complimented by the sweet tomato sauce and cheese.

we ordered simple pepperoni, looks good?

For about 15 dollars, the 12 slice pizza was surprisingly enough to make us both full! We probably could’ve had more but it was pretty satisfying none the less. Would I recommend this place? Sure, I would! I am not completely sure how the customer service is, but the food was pretty darn good. I’ll need to review other places and compare to Trevia.

The place was pretty packed, which is saying something! The diners looked happy and it seemed like they were enjoying their food.

them diners. we sat in the way back.

All in all, it was a really successful first restaurant review and I’m sure that me and Arnold will collaborate much more in the near future. Check this place out if you can, don’t think you’ll be disappointed.