After the first failed attempt, I finally made it to a highly recommended restaurant in Itaewon, OKitchen. The restaurant itself has a cozy atmosphere and was toasty warm on a windy and cold Saturday afternoon. We made it there for lunch, running between noon and 2pm on weekends, and ordered off a prix fixe menu.
We started ordering by selecting one of the choice of three appetizers off the menu but were told the lunch actually came with all three. There was then a choice of three mains, then coffee and dessert. So even though the portions are small there are so many courses that leaving with a hungry belly definitely isn't an issue.
The first course to be brought out was a seafood plate with 6 bite sized pieces of raw fish. Each piece was flavored differently and presented beautifully. I wish I could say what the fish were or what the flavors we tasted were, but all I can write is that it tasted delicious.
Next to be brought out was the soup. It was even better. It was a bean soup with white kimchi. The soup was hearty and had big chunks of meat and vegetables in it. Perfect for a chilly afternoon.
Presented beautifully, the next course was a green salad. It was garnished with a light touch of veggies and had a small chunk of melt in your mouth grilled chicken.
As a main, I chose an omelette with ricotta cheese and bacon. It was light and fluffy and filled generously with cheese. The bacon, along with fresh spinach and mushrooms were garnish. My boyfriend ordered the orecchiette bolognaise, simply shell pasta and sauce, but done to perfection. Flavorful with a hearty meat tomato sauce. Mmmm, I am getting hungry again just thinking of it.
After lunch we were served hot coffee and a dessert. We shared a lemon tart and a small rich slice of chocolate cake. The perfect ending to a great meal.
|Coffee & dessert|
Including wine, the bill came to about $60 for the 2 of us. In Korea, this is a pricey lunch, but for all the different courses and the great tasting food, it was worth it ten fold. During our meal, the owner was hanging about, chatting with all the different patrons. he stopped by our table and had a nice little chat. It was such a lovely meal, I am most definitely going to return to OKitchen to sample more of their menu.
Here is a link to their website for more information.