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Poutine Perfection in Ulsan: A Canadian Brunch Adventure at I.O.B.

Posted by on Apr 11, 2024 in | Comments Off on Poutine Perfection in Ulsan: A Canadian Brunch Adventure at I.O.B.

On the edge of Ulsan, where the culinary landscape is often more associated with kimchi than Canadian cuisine, there exists a hidden gem that defies expectations. Nestled in the quaint enclave of Yulri, just a stone’s throw away from the hustle and bustle of Mugeodong, lies a haven for Canucks craving a taste of home: I.O.B., an acronym as understated as its unassuming exterior, standing for “I’m on break”. Upon crossing the threshold of this unpretentious eatery, one is immediately struck by the warmth of Chef Casey Park’s welcome. A Vancouverite by way of culinary pedigree, Casey’s journey from the hallowed kitchens of La Crocodile to the innovative ambiance of the Cactus Club Cafe speaks volumes about the caliber of his craft. His culinary prowess, honed through years of toil and training at the Vancouver Culinary College, infuses every dish with an unmistakable flair. But let’s cut to the chase: the food. Oh, the food! From the squeaky perfection of his handmade cheese curds in the poutine to the melt-in-your-mouth goodness of his burgers, Casey’s creations transcend mere sustenance, elevating the humble brunch experience to a gastronomic odyssey.   For too long, expats from the Great White North in Ulsan have languished in a culinary wasteland, forced to settle for pale imitations of their...

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**CLOSED** Bombay Brau

Posted by on Nov 8, 2023 in | Comments Off on **CLOSED** Bombay Brau

closed In the heart of Ulsan, South Korea, Bombay Brau stands as a testament to the power of culinary reinvention. For years, this Indian restaurant nestled across from Upsquare Shopping Center in Samsandong quietly existed, barely making a ripple in the city’s vibrant food scene. However, everything changed when Dan Gauthier assumed the helm of this hidden gem, breathing new life into this culinary oasis. Dan Gauthier, a master of his craft with a background in culinary excellence honed at Le Cordon Bleu, has worked tirelessly to transform Bombay Brau into a must-visit destination for foodies in Ulsan. His expertise is readily apparent in the subtle yet significant changes he has brought to the restaurant’s menu and overall operations. What sets Bombay Brau apart from the crowd is the unwavering commitment to traditional and handmade culinary artistry. In an age of convenience and mass production, Bombay Brau takes pride in crafting its dishes with a genuine touch. The Art of Handmade Delights One notable testament to this commitment is the handcrafted Naan, a traditional Indian bread, prepared with precision in a tandoori oven. Each bite is a symphony of flavors and textures, a true embodiment of authenticity. The result is a crispy yet tender Naan that serves as the perfect canvas for the restaurant’s...

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Discover Ulsan’s Taco Oasis: Okinawa Panchoi

Posted by on Oct 17, 2023 in | Comments Off on Discover Ulsan’s Taco Oasis: Okinawa Panchoi

For the taco enthusiasts of Ulsan, the quest for authentic and mouthwatering tacos has often felt like a treasure hunt. While the city has seen a few promising taco joints come and go, the search for the perfect taco has remained elusive for many. However, the culinary scene in Ulsan is evolving, and a gem has emerged on the dining landscape – Okinawa Panchoi. Nestled in the heart of Samsandong, this restaurant is making waves with its delectable tacos...

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Donnas Doughnuts

Posted by on Jun 30, 2021 in | Comments Off on Donnas Doughnuts

It is not too often that a small shop opens up that not only makes delicious food but also inspires people. However, that is exactly what Donnas Doughnuts is, delicious and inspiring. I hope that this article can show just how proud I am that this little shop exists and that the owner follows her dreams. To be honest, when I talked to the owner, I was so impressed by her story that I decided to add it to...

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SeBurger: Cali-Style Burgers in Mugeo-Dong

Posted by on Aug 6, 2020 in | Comments Off on SeBurger: Cali-Style Burgers in Mugeo-Dong

It’s been a few years since we have had a decent all around burger place in Ulsan. There are places to get a decent burger at the local bars and they are tasty, but when you want a burger for lunch on a Tuesday, you need at solid no frills burger joint. In Korea, these are very hard to come by. Years ago, we had one place that successfully emulated the famous In-N-Out burgers. Sadly, they faded away and...

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Tulla: Homestyle German Cuisine

Posted by on Dec 28, 2019 in | Comments Off on Tulla: Homestyle German Cuisine

The area around the Unmunsa temple is beautiful. What makes it even better is the small village that sits just outside the entrance. It is a charming area filled with restaurants and shops. Everything that you’d expect to find in a small village in the mountains in Korea. Everything except the homestyle German restaurant, Tulla. When I first heard about it, I was not expecting much. I have been burned by this “homestyle {insert foreign country} food” claim before....

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The Lighthouse: Classic Pizza in a Comfortable Space

Posted by on Nov 2, 2019 in | Comments Off on The Lighthouse: Classic Pizza in a Comfortable Space

If you have lived in Ulsan long enough, you will know that good pizza is hard to comeby. Pizza in Korea for the most part is a different type of thing than what we are used to back home. Sadly, while many Koreans enjoy a pizza with sweet potato, steak, shrimp and chocolate sauce. However, the average foreigner does not share the same opinion. Lighthouse bridges the gap so to speak. It is close enough to what foreigners think...

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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...

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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”...

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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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