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**CLOSED** Tool Box Revisited

Posted by on Nov 30, 2014 in | Comments Off on **CLOSED** Tool Box Revisited

We don’t often go back to the same restaurant to review it again (old review here)  but when I heard that a great restaurant was about to close it’s doors for good, I had to jump into action. Good restaurants like Toolbox don’t come around that often and when they do, we have to do our best to make sure they stick around. We have a great thing going in Ulsan and I certainly don’t want to see a...

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Bongchu Jjimdak

Posted by on Sep 23, 2014 in | Comments Off on Bongchu Jjimdak

We tend to review a lot of foreign restaurants here, as Korean food is pretty easy to find, and the majority of restaurants sell pretty decent nosh. Every once in a while, however, we review a Korean place that stands out from the crowd, or serves something just a little different than every other bar-be-que place. Just across the side street from the Lotte Hotel is one of these little jems. Bongchu Jjimdak is a small restaurant with clean,...

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Cafe Melrose

Posted by on Jul 5, 2014 in | Comments Off on Cafe Melrose

Su Eun Go’s bakery made waves in Ulsan for having the best pie in Ulsan. Now she has moved to Ok-dong and has rebranded her bakery as “Cafe Melrose” Located near the East gate of Ulsan Grand Park, Cafe Melrose is perfect place to start a picnic in the park. If you are like me, then you don’t care how pretty a cafe or pie looks, just as long as to tastes great. Cafe Melrose serves up some great...

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Microbrewery – Jango

Posted by on May 23, 2014 in | Comments Off on Microbrewery – Jango

  By Robert Landon,  May 18th, 2014   Who’da thunk it?  All of a sudden there’s real beer in Ulsan!   The latest addition to the list of watering holes is in Seongnam-Dong.  Jango Micro-brewery – just across the street (Jungang Gil, 중앙길) from Sarojin or Tool Box  – depending on your point of reference – and up the stairs on the 2nd level.  It’s a bright, airy place, with exposed brick and wood décor, and a relaxed, modern,...

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Actual Chinese – Gugugu

Posted by on Apr 23, 2014 in | Comments Off on Actual Chinese – Gugugu

As far as I know, this is the only authentic Chinese restaurant in Ulsan.  No jjajangmyeon or kimchi, it’s the real thing.  There are some other lamb skewer places around and small restaurants, but here you have a big selection and no apparent attempt to Koreanify the food. If you know Chinese food at all, you know that there is huge regional variety and the very term ‘Chinese food’ is kind of useless.  This restaurant offers dishes from all...

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北京(북경)양꼬치: Beijing Lamb Skewers

Posted by on Apr 23, 2014 in | Comments Off on 北京(북경)양꼬치: Beijing Lamb Skewers

Lamb Skewers and Authentic Chinese food in Seongnamdong. “If you want jjajangmyeon, get out.”   So it turns out there’s a restaurant that serves traditional northern Chinese food in Ulsan.  It’s apparently been around for years.  On my way back home, I was taking a side road when I saw this place and decided that I just had to stop by.  I only know of a few authentically Chinese restaurants in Ulsan – most are more typically Korean-ized Chinese...

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Cheese Galmagi-sal in Taehwa-dong

Posted by on Apr 23, 2014 in | Comments Off on Cheese Galmagi-sal in Taehwa-dong

  If you did a search for the Korean word “갈매기” in a Korean dictionary you’d find a shocking translation of “Seagull” However, you will not find any seagull meat here. 갈매기살 (pronounced “Galmagi sal”) is roughly translated as bits of pork skirt steak and it is delicious. This regular looking restaurant located along Taehwa-dong’s “Bulgogi Street” seems normal enough. However, if you read the sign in Korean you will see a word that does not belong “Cheese” That...

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Nice Mongolia Cafe

Posted by on Feb 23, 2014 in | Comments Off on Nice Mongolia Cafe

Nice Mongolia is, to the best of my knowledge, Ulsan’s only combination Mongolian restaurant/karaoke bar.  The Mongolian karaoke I can’t speak to, though you will get to enjoy hearing it through a wall while you eat.  I know the food’s good. The restaurant itself should be familiar to anyone who has enjoyed Central Asian food before.  I assume there’s some store that does nothing but outfit these places.  Enjoy the light ball on the ceiling and jars of mystery...

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Sushi Mori

Posted by on Feb 23, 2014 in | Comments Off on Sushi Mori

If you’re looking for AMAZING sushi, look no more. Right next door to New York Kitchen in Samsan-dong, a few blocks from Hyundai Department Store, there’s this gem of a place where you can get a truly authentic sushi experience. The dining area consists of a long counter with seating for fourteen. That’s the only space available, and it gets crowded pretty fast on weekends, so you may want to plan ahead and make a reservation. The owner mr...

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베테랑 – Fusion BBQ at its best

Posted by on Feb 23, 2014 in | Comments Off on 베테랑 – Fusion BBQ at its best

I was introduced to this restaurant a while back, but I hesitated reviewing it for the site, as it’s already quite busy, and I didn’t want everyone rushing out to try it, making it impossible for me to get a seat. But I’ve decided to not be so selfish, and to let you all in on this secret (which I’m sure some of you are familiar with already). Beh Teh Rang (literally “Veteran” or “Expert”) Barbeque (베테랑 바베큐) is...

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