Despite all the fun and excitement, traveling can be stressful when you are under a limited budget. However, just because you’re on a tight budget doesn’t mean you should miss out on a delicious food tour! Read on for our recommended top five all-you-can-eat restaurants in Seoul that will fill your stomach without leaving your wallet empty!
Located in the cultural hub of youth, Hongdae, Utsav is where you can enjoy authentic Indian curry to your heart’s content in an indoor garden. Indian curry refers to any dish that uses masala, or a combination of Indian spices. This mix of spices usually includes unique and strong-scented spices such as mustard seeds, cumin, coriander, cinnamon, cardamom, and pepper.
Visit Utsav on a weekday for lunch and you will be able to enjoy unlimited curry and naan, along with a salad buffet. Three “curries of the day” are randomly selected among vegetable curry, beef curry, lamb curry and two different chicken curries. Chewy, brick oven-baked naan and tandoori chicken cooked in a giant pan go especially well with the curry. You can also treat yourself to as much fresh fruit and salad as you want at the salad bar.
If you asked anyone to name the hottest multicultural place in Seoul, the answer would be none other than Itaewon. Copacabana, located behind Itaewon’s Hamilton Hotel, is a grill restaurant where you can feast on unlimited amounts of Brazilian barbeque skewers called churrasco. If you are fan of charcoal-grilled, juicy meat, Copacabana is a must-go.
One of the greatest merits of Copacabana is that you can get a giant steak sliced and served at your table. You can choose from seven different types of steak, including chicken, pork belly, bacon, and beef. Salads, pickles, short pasta, and baked beans are also offered as sides for a burst of flavor. Also, don’t miss the chance to try Brazil’s unique guarana drink while you are there.
Vietnamese cuisine is currently trending as a nutritious diet as people are becoming more and more health-conscious. While most would consider rice noodles as a food that best represents Vietnam, fresh spring rolls are another well-known Vietnamese cuisine. Wrapped in thin rice paper, various ingredients like shrimp, pork, and fresh vegetables create an ensemble of refreshing tastes. Visit either of the two branches in Seoul, located in Hongdae and Daehangno, and Sssamani will keep your plate filled with fresh vegetables at a reasonable price.
Ssammani provides unlimited servings of over ten different vegetables and four types of meat, including beef, pork, chicken and duck. Surprise your palate by dipping your spring roll into a different sauce each time you take a bite with four sauces to choose from, like peanut butter, fish sauce, mustard sauce, and hot sauce. As Ssammani also offers unlimited refills of Vietnamese rice noodle soup, you certainly won’t leave the restaurant on an empty stomach.
Sliced raw tuna is served at its best when slightly chilled while still maintaining its freshness and chewiness. For this reason, it’s considered to be quite expensive as special care is necessary. However, at Chamchigongbang, you can enjoy quality tuna at a relatively low price. Increasing popularity of this restaurant led to opening five branches just in Seoul alone, located at Jonggak, Euljiro, Gangnam, Sangam, and Sinseol-dong.
Chamchigongbang offers several unlimited options at a varied price range according to available meat sections. The most basic option includes belly and back meat from bigeye tuna and striped marlin. You can try rare and unique meat sections if you are willing to pay more, but refills may not be available due to their limited quantity. Many side dishes are available as well, like deep fried foods, sushi, tuna tadaki, boiled tuna head, and more.
Soy-marinated crab is a unique crab dish in Korea that uses marinated soy sauce. A variety of ingredients are used to add flavors to the sauce, such as pears, garlic, ginger, and shiitake mushrooms. At Hongilpum, visitors can enjoy unlimited servings of soy-marinated crab as well as the restaurant’s special spicy marinated crab. International visitors can make orders with ease as the menu is available in English, Japanese, and Chinese. This restaurant is a must-go for tourists who are seeking to try Korea’s unique local cuisine.
Hongilpum uses only quality female crabs caught in Korea for an excellent refreshing taste. A bowl of rice topped with seaweed and flying fish roe is also served together with soy-marinated crab. A spoonful of rice mixed with savory, plump crabmeat and fish roe will have you craving for more. Individual disposable gloves are passed out so that you can eat conveniently with your hands without having to worry about messy fingers. In addition to soy-marinated crab, other menus are also available, like spicy swimming crab soup. Hongilpum also has soy-marinated shrimp for diners who are hesitant to try soy-marinated crab.
* This column was last updated in August 2017, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here. We advise you to check details before visiting.