I had the privilege of attending a private Thanksgiving dinner function at Cali Kitchen. For 30,000 won, I received an amazing meal. I’ve never been a big fan of the traditional Thanksgiving meal, but I think Chuck, Jayden, and Jimi at Cali Kitchen have changed my mind.
We were first served the bacon-wrapped dates with goat cheese. The combination of the three elements was a match made in heaven. I never would have even considered such a mix, but it worked. My friend and I were both super impressed by that!
We also had the choice of getting an apple pie cocktail or a non-alcoholic drink. I went with a Jarritos because I caught a super bad cold, so I abstained from drinking. My friend liked the cocktail he had, saying it was sweet with an interesting aftertaste.
Then we were served the turkey and the side dishes, which were all made from scratch. Oh, my goodness. The turkey was deliciously moist and well-seasoned. I am not a fan of turkey, but I could definitely go for this every day if I had the option! The side dishes were scalloped potatoes, green bean casserole, pecan sweet potatoes, and cranberry relish. The scalloped potatoes were super creamy, but the potatoes were too al dente for me, but I still enjoyed it. The green bean casserole came with some French onion topping, and that really gave the casserole a nice flavour and texture. As for the pecan sweet potatoes — YUM. Seriously, it was my favourite dish. It was mashed sweet potatoes with caramelised pecan and brown sugar topping. It was super good and way better than traditional yam! I had to get second of that. The last side dish was the cranberry relish. Made of fresh cranberries and other fruits, including dried cherries, this had a very tart flavour that went really well with the turkey. Like I told Chuck, I’m not big on cranberry sauce or relish, but this I could eat again!
Finally, the desserts — there were pies and cheesecakes. They were not home-made, but Chuck made the yuzu whipped cream — a very unique flavour for a whipped cream! By then I was too full to really enjoy dessert, but I did try a bite of the pumpkin pie with the whipped cream, and what a refreshing flavour that was!
Chuck told us he was aiming to try something different with his Thanksgiving meal, and I think he succeeded. He certainly came up with some unique combinations I never would have imagined. I really applaud Chuck and his team for coming up with this fantastic meal. I am so glad I decided to give theirs a try!
5, Hoenamu-Ro 12-Gil, Yongsan-Gu, Seoul, Korea
서울특별시 용산구 회나무로12길 5
From Noksapyeong Station, go out of exit 2 and keep going straight until you reach the underpass. Go under, cross, and go out the left exit. From there, follow the sidewalk up the street, bypassing the big church. Keep going straight, passing by Paris Baguette and Well-Being Mart. A little bit past the Well-Being Mart, there is a side street on the right. Go up the street past Maloney’s, and CALI Kitchen will be in the alleyway on the left, next to The Seoul Honey Company.
7,000 ~ 15,000+ won budget per person