Staying in a hotel that is quite near to the city center, getting Muslim food was not a problem at all. The most popular area that houses many Muslim food outlets is Itaewon. Itaewon is a popular tourists area. The Seoul Central Mosque is situated in Itaewon and therefore, there are many Muslim restaurants in the area.
Seoul Central Mosque, Itaewon.
I really love to try Korean vegetarian dishes but I couldn’t find any in the area. So don’t get me wrong saying bad things about me not trying Korean dishes. I did had a taste of kimchi but that was on the flight back to KUL. 😀
From the hotel to Itaewon, it took about 30 minutes train ride. My husband and I tried to walk from the hotel to Itaewon but that took us more than an hour to reach the place. That was probably because it was raining and the other valid reason was, we’re old couple here. We walk too slow.
1. Al-Saba Restaurant
The first restaurant we tried was Al-Saba. Al-Saba is a Pakistani Restaurant and the interior is beautiful. My husband loves the chairs and I simply love the beautiful Pakistani decorations.
pretty amazing chair, doncha think?
The restaurant specializes in lamb dishes, curry, and chicken dishes. We had garlic rice, Mutton Briyani, Chana Dhall and a set of samosa. As for drinks I had green tea and my husband, Alsaba Special Tea. It is a milk tea made from aranche flower and spread with bit of nuts. I had a sip and truly love the taste.
Total we spent:
Mutton Briyani: KRW15,000
Garlic Rice: KRW7,000
Chana Dhall: 9,000
Special Tea: 6,000
Green Tea: 3,000
total KRW46,000 (RM129.00)
The cost of living is quite high in Korea, so instead of converting everything to RM, we treated KRW10,000 as RM10.
If you want to visit Al-Saba, the address is: 34-50 Itaewon 1(il)-dong Yongsan-gu Seoul South Korea
2. Ashoka Restaurant
Next restaurant we visited was Ashoka Restaurant. This restaurant is part of the worldwide Islamic restaurant chain Ashoka. The first Indian restaurant to open in Korea. The address: 3rd Flr, Hamilton Hotel, Itaewon, Seoul.
We had buffet lunch for 23,000 per head that includes coffee. I had an extra drink which was lassi but when we pay the total was 46,000. Lassi is on the house, I guess.
3. Murree Restaurant
Third restaurant we tried was Murree. The restaurant specializes in Lamb Dishes, curry, and chicken dishes. The restaurant is very tiny but all the time crowded because the food is quite good. We again had Mutton Briyani, Chicken Briyani, 2 coffee and a take-away pizza. Total spent here was KRW23,000. Half of what we spent in Ashoka.
As for the address, I’m not too sure. But you’ll find this restaurant on your way to the mosque. From Itaewon-ro, take right up the hill and take left. Murree is on the right side of the road. Up a bit is the mosque.
4. Mr. Kebab
The next one we tried was Mr Kebab. I had Pilaf Chicken Kebab and my husband Mutton. We had coke and a juice. Total spent KRW 7,000. The address: 127-2, Itaewon-1-Dong, YongsanGu, Seoul. Just cross the road in front of Hamilton hotel and walk about 5 minutes.
sorry for the blurry photo, my hands were shaking, I was so hungry.
5. Foreign Restaurant
Last restaurant we tried was Foreign Restaurant. The menu is the same chicken and mutton and salad. We had coffee and tea. total spent was more or less was KRW25,000. The address is 136-45, Itaewon Dong,. Yongsangu, Seoul. It’s the first road you take on the way to the mosque after Itaewon-Ro. Situated On the left side of the road.