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Dano: The Chef Without Borders

Posted by on Sep 16, 2016 in | Comments Off on Dano: The Chef Without Borders

There is not another expat who has given more to this community than Dan Gauthier. From his work establishing many charities and his volunteer work he established himself as a pillar of the community and an example for us all. However, it is his passion and dedication to cooking that is the real story here.  Dan’s passion for cooking showed in the chilli that he makes for numerous volunteer events and in his dedication to getting his Cordon Bleu certification. In order to get that certification he had to travel to Seoul at 3 am 3-times a week for his classes. The training and dedication shows in the food that he creates at Dano. Upon entering Dano, I was met by the warm smiles of both Dan and Jin, his front-of-house manager. I immediately felt at home. From the sounds of the Canadian radio style of the interior, everything was comfortable without coming off too pretentious or tacky. It was just the right balance of style and comfort that one looks for in a casual dining experience. Jin makes you feel at home while Dan gets your order ready. At the moment they are running a selective menu until their chefs arrive. However, don’t let that stop you from enjoying Dan’s amazing food. I...

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Papille: Modern French Cuisine in Ulsan

Posted by on Sep 6, 2016 in | Comments Off on Papille: Modern French Cuisine in Ulsan

When it comes to Western restaurants in Ulsan, there are seemingly no shortage of places offering pasta or French fries. However, on closer inspection you find that they are not as authentic as we’d like them to be. Many are nothing more than Korean fusion restaurants. Papille, a new restaurant in Taehwadong, is offering authentic modern French cuisine with the dedication of a trained chef. Papille is located by the Taewha River Grand Park and offers a stunning view. Co-owner and chef Alexandre Papin has worked at many prestigious restaurants throughout his career, such as Atelier de Joël Robuchon in London (Michelin 2 stars) and Maison Boulud (Ritz Carlton) in Montréal, Canada. He is a French native who now is dedicated to bringing fresh French food to Ulsan. Adding a touch of style to the front of house operations is co-owner Jieun Yu whose friendliness and attentive personality will make sure you are looked after. Together they make Papille an amazing dining experience for everyone. The food that Chef Papin creates is not only delicious but beautifully presented in a way that only a high level chef is capable of. The restaurant only uses seasonal vegetables and top quality ingredients for it’s dishes. The end result is a dinner that is better than any of...

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Burger Republic

Posted by on Aug 28, 2016 in | Comments Off on Burger Republic

Ulsan’s latest and greatest burger shop! Finding a good burger in Ulsan has been a challenge recently. However, Burger Republic, a new restaurant in Samsandong has set out to change that. With an exciting menu of mouth-watering burgers and a comfortable and casual dining experience, Burger Republic will have you coming back for more. Signature Burgers Republic Burger: The classic combination of a 100% pure beef patty, cheddar cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato, and roasted onions. Their house sauce makes...

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Cafe Renew

Posted by on Aug 15, 2016 in | Comments Off on Cafe Renew

With the wave of cheap coffee shops popping up all over the city, it is no surprise that quality is being swapped out for quantity. However, there is one cafe that opened up recently that is sticking to their guns and making some great coffee. Cafe Renew is located near Up Square in Samsandong and is worthy of a visit. Their coffee is expertly prepared by top baristas who make an effort to create and atmosphere where everyone feels welcome....

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The Best Bakeries in Ulsan

Posted by on May 8, 2016 in | Comments Off on The Best Bakeries in Ulsan

Bakeries are nothing new in Ulsan. However, when it comes to good bakeries that cater to a western palette is something altogether different. However, good news is on the way as there are a number “hidden gems” located around the city that will satisfy your bread carvings once and for all. Rencontre Located in Guyeongri, near the KEB bank, at the edge of the main shopping area by the parking garage. This has to be one of the more...

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Shinsa Garden: Ulsan’s Secret Garden

Posted by on Apr 19, 2016 in | Comments Off on Shinsa Garden: Ulsan’s Secret Garden

Words and Photos by Melissa Lang Hip and refreshing. Those are sentiments that come over you when you step inside the Sinsa Garden restaurant. It feels like a little dining oasis tucked within a quiet side street. Since it has opened 3 months ago. The fresh interior of Sinsa Garden has a modern but natural aesthetic. The organic look and feel is unlike any restaurant that I’ve come across in Ulsan during the 2 and half years been here....

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Paolo Italian Restaurant

Posted by on Jan 31, 2016 in | Comments Off on Paolo Italian Restaurant

Ulsan has never really been starved for “italian” food. It is something that has been picked up by local chefs and has become popular with people here. Ask any kids and guaranteed their top 3 choices for food will be most likely “pizza, chicken, and spaghetti” So then why is it that so many of the restaurants in Ulsan make pasta that is so bad that any self-respecting Italian would cry on the first bite? I feel it is...

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Mono Cheese

Posted by on Oct 9, 2015 in | Comments Off on Mono Cheese

When this first popped up in our facebook group I was curious. Grilled cheese is one of those foods that is simple but oh so satisfying. Given the location, I was not sure how it would survive being just down the road from the courthouse in ok-dong. Upon tasting their sandwiches I could understand why. They were cheap and had a distinct Korean influence. Mono Cheese makes a great attempt at a Western favourite but just slightly misses the...

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The Burger Pantry

Posted by on Sep 20, 2015 in | Comments Off on The Burger Pantry

Thanks to Rachael Helen Iggulden for sharing this foodie-find with us on our facebook page. Many of us waited patiently for the Burger Pantry’s opening. I certainly was curious to know if this offshoot of the amazing Flapjack Pantry would be just as awesome. Rachael kindly let us know that the Burger Pantry was now open and ready to feed crowds of hungry people. Like brunches in Ulsan, I have burned too many times before with burger shops that...

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Panman: Seaside Brunch in Dong Gu

Posted by on Sep 18, 2015 in | Comments Off on Panman: Seaside Brunch in Dong Gu

The brunch trend is slowly coming around in Ulsan. The trouble is that there is a huge difference between just “brunch” and a good brunch. That being said, in Ulsan “beggars can’t be choosers” and that is something to keep in mind when entering many so-called brunch places. Panman is a great little place with an amazing location. It has one of the best view to sip your morning coffee over in the city. Well, slightly morning because it...

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