Donkkaseu, which is Korean-style pork cutlet, quite similar to Japanese tonkatsu, is not a dish I have often. A bunch of my co-workers and I went to what is literally the “donkkaseu street” of Seoul, an area I’d no idea of its existence until I went there. It’s very close to the Namsan Cable Car area, but considering how I don’t like the cable car, I would have never found this place if it weren’t for my co-workers.
Anyway, we went to 101 Bunji Namsan Donkkaseu restaurant. The main dish here is their king-sized donkkaseu. There are also cheese donkkaseu, spicy donkkaseu, fish donkkaseu, curry donkkaseu, hamburger steak, spaghetti, and Korean soba noodles. I decided to try their king-sized donkkaseu for 8,000 won, which came with the cutlet, rice, a gigantic pepper, salad, beans, and pasta salad. They also have a separate area to get kimchi and other Korean sides.
I wasn’t really impressed with my meal, but it was edible. The sauce was okay, which paired well with the cutlet. I was hungry, so I ended up eating all of the pork cutlet, but not all of my rice. One of my co-workers got the Korean soba noodles, but that tasted quite flavourless. My co-worker didn’t even bother trying to finish that up.
All in all, this isn’t the best donkkaseu I’ve had. It’s not a place I’d go out of my way to get some food. And while I like Korean donkkaseu, I’ve always been more partial to Japanese tonkatsu. I think I’ll stick to that!
101, Sopa-Ro, Jung-Gu, Seoul, Korea
서울특별시 중구 소파로 101
From Myeong-dong Station, go out exit one, but then immediately backtrack around it until you reach a side street on your right. Go down that street, which will be quite curvy. About three-fourths way down, you will see a pedestrian overpass bridge. Walk pass that and follow that road, and you will see the restaurant on your right. The walk will be about 700 metres, and it will take about 3-5 minutes.
7,000 ~ 15,000+ won budget per person