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Homemade Hamburgers in Ok-Dong

Posted by on Jul 2, 2019 in | Comments Off on Homemade Hamburgers in Ok-Dong

Words and Images by Jack Glowacki I have been living in South Korea for over 15 years now, Ulsan, Busan, Masan, Gyeongju and back in Ulsan since 2011. In that time I have seen a number of fabulous restaurants, which cater to the expat community providing comfort food, disappear without a trace. It’s like losing a good friend, a good friend who knew how to cook well. I spent the past 3 years living in Okdong, Ulsan, and if you are still unfamiliar with the city’s geography, Okdong is that place near the main entrance to the Ulsan Grand Park, in the vicinity of the Grand Park swimming pool. Non-Korean comfort foods are relatively hard to come by around this neighborhood, as the place is claimed to be the city’s educational hub, and students from all over the city flock here to attend the staggering plethora of Hagwons. Most of the students, either run a budget or are fed by their parents, and frequent places such as the relatively inexpensive Kimbab diner, or the more upscale Raracost. Either option is great and offers good bites, but in order to find a tasty piece of grilled beef to sink your teeth into, one needs to either visit Guyeong-li, or venture out to either one of...

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5 Hidden Cafes in Seongnamdong

Posted by on Jun 9, 2019 in | Comments Off on 5 Hidden Cafes in Seongnamdong

If you were to tell me 15 years ago that “old downtown” would be a trendy area full of cafes and trendy restaurants, I would have laughed in your face. Sure, the main shopping area always had a decent assortment of shops and restaurants but it was far from “trendy” and not to mention there was that little matter of the red-light district just down the road. Seongnamdong was an area that you went to have a “good time” in a manner of speaking. Back in 2003, it was dingy and reminded you why most young trendy people went to Samsandong on a Friday night. Now, the area has been given a facelift. The redlights have been replaced with trendy neon signs and chandeliers. As you wind your way through the streets that most self-respecting adults would never dare go down 15 years ago, you will find coffee shops and murals. The alleyways lead to restored buildings and art galleries, with the area’s mascot “Ulsan Kunagi” leading the way. Noxon – 녹손 울산광역시 중구 옥골샘8길 23 Open: 12:00-22:00 Americano: 5,000 won Noxon stands out from the traditional brick buildings of the surrounding area with it’s copper facade and it’s name is actually a play on words meaning “rust” in Korean. I found it by...

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Bela Moti

Posted by on May 23, 2019 in | Comments Off on Bela Moti

  Before we start, I should probably explain that I adore Indian food. I’m British, so a Tikka Masala is basically our national dish and I was also the Secretary of my University’s Curry Society (Yes, we had one.). I have personally high curry standards and whilst Namaskar and Shalimar have filled a gap, neither has really truly satisfied me. But this has all changed now. I went along on a Saturday night with three friends. Bela Moti is...

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**CLOSED** The Burger Company

Posted by on Jan 11, 2019 in | Comments Off on **CLOSED** The Burger Company

With Burger and Friez being closed for some time now, I have been at a loss for a decent burger. Left to wander the streets of Ulsan looking for something that did not have sweet chilli sauce, a pineapple or cost 20,000 won I found The Burger Company. It seems to fit the bill for what is seemingly the last proper burger place in Samsandong. I am not fancy when I want a burger but if I am paying...

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**CLOSED** Cinnabon Has Come to Ulsan

Posted by on Dec 28, 2018 in | Comments Off on **CLOSED** Cinnabon Has Come to Ulsan

Those of us that have a sweet tooth can rest easy knowing that Cinnabon has arrived in Ulsan. While this is not a unique place to Ulsan as Cinnabon can now be found at department stores all over the country, they are certainly new. After being only open for a few months, it seems that the people of Ulsan are warming up to these sweet pastries. While prices are a little higher than what you might find back home,...

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**CLOSED** Burger & Friez: Ulsan’s Answer to Your In-And-Out Burger Craving

Posted by on Nov 13, 2017 in | Comments Off on **CLOSED** Burger & Friez: Ulsan’s Answer to Your In-And-Out Burger Craving

**THIS RESTAURANT IS NOW CLOSED FOR GOOD** Tucked in behind Up Square in Samsandong is arguably one of the best “hidden” spots to get your burger fix. I have been addicted to them since they opened and I am finally spilling the beans as I want them to succeed or rather keep me full with their amazing burgers. Be it known that this is your down to earth “no frills” cheese burger and not your 18,000 won restaurant style...

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**CLOSED** Dano: The Chef Without Borders

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

**THIS RESTAURANT IS NOW CLOSED** 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...

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**CLOSED** Papille: Modern French Cuisine in Ulsan

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

**THIS RESTAURANT IS NOW CLOSED** 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...

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**CLOSED** Burger Republic

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

**THIS RESTAURANT IS NOW CLOSED** 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...

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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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