Helloooooo!! It’s been a crazy two months since my last blog post. In that time, I have visited Boston, New York, Cuba and of course my home country, Canada. I’ll get to some of those destinations soon enough, but before discussing those shenanigans, I want write about Little India Seoul, one of the better Indian restaurants in Seoul and arguably the best Indian restaurant in Itaewon.
How to get there: Little India Seoul is located near the mosque in Itaewon, so it can be a bit of a climb. I’m really looking forward to exploring that area more for some authentic Middle Eastern food. There are some good things happening up there. The easiest way to get there is to take the subway to Itaewon Station and depart from Exit 3. Walk straight until you reach Mr. Kebab and New York Hotdog and Coffee on your right. Make a right up the hill and keep climbing pass the international food market and the girly bars. Once you get to the top make a left. Little India Seoul is about 100 meters on your left beside the mosque.
Service and Atmosphere: Little India Seoul is a fairly sizeable restaurant, which can easily hold a large gathering of people. Large wooden tables and chairs with various Indian trinkets and pictures hang from the walls and of course, standard chandeliers hang from the ceiling. A big screen television imposes on the relaxing atmosphere. Service was quick and efficient. There was no booze served, so keep that in mind if you want to get wasted. However, if you are in Itaewon, there are so very many options it’s ridiculous.
Food and Drink: Today we ordered the Tandoori Chicken, Saag Gosht, Tadka, Garlic Naan and three bowls of rice.
Garlic Naan (2,500KRW): You gotta love naan! What’s even better? Through some garlic on that bad boy. The naan was light, fluffy and full of garlic flavour. You couldn’t ask for a better start to the meal.
Tandoori Chicken Full (18,000KRW): You know the old saying, “Caring is sharing”. Tonight’s meal was family style and so a full order of Tandoori chicken was necessary. The first thing that stood out with the Tandoori chicken was that the chicken was not completely overwhelm with spices and heat. Personally, this is a positive because I don’t feel that Tandoori chicken should completely burn off a layer of your tongue, but some Indian purists might take offence. The chicken itself was juicy and was served with a green chutney sauce.
Saag Gosht (12,000KRW): The Saag Gosht was presented with a side of naan for dipping. This was key because the Saag Gosht, although delicious, tended to be a little runny. The Saag Gosht consisted of lamb and spinach. The lamb was plentiful and juicy with a lot of flavour. The spinach was a little absent. However, it was still one of our favourite dishes of the night and was perfect for sharing.
Tadka (9,000KRW): The Tadka contains no meat or animal byproducts, so if there is a vegan in the party, this might be a great choice. The peppers gave the Tadka plenty of flavour and the lentils provide an interesting texture. A side of rice would be an excellent plan for this dish to balance out of some of the heat from the peppers.
Value: The whole meal for three adults came to 62,000KRW. This is an appropriate price considering that we shared our dishes and ordered a few soft drinks on the side. It’s some good value and is a great place for some conversation away from the raucous strip during the night.
Who Should Visit Little India Seoul: Looking for some decent Indian food in a quiet part of Itaewon? Saddle up and head up the hill.
Who Should Avoid Little India Seoul: Indian purists might be bitching and complaining that the Indian food at Little India Seoul is not as authentic as London or New Delhi. Take what you can get baby.