Finding a restaurant in a Korean city is easy – there must be dozens within a 100 metre radius of my apartment and well over a hundred within easy walking distance. Finding a restaurant in which I want to eat is more difficult. Tonight I set off for my favourite restaurant. I’m no connoisseur, but it’s close, the meals are varied and delicious, and most items are W4,000-W6,000 (about $5).
But it was shut – I don’t know whether just for today for some reason, or for ever. So I had to find another one. Another restaurant I often get lunch at is always shut on Saturday nights. (Possibly the owners are Seventh Day Adventists.) Requirements: tables and chairs, and not sitting on the floor; not cooking your own meal in the centre of the table; menu items in English, or with big photos; reasonably priced; not a coffee shop, cafe or chicken and hof; not pizza (I like pizza once in a while, but not tonight). Very few – I wandered up and down side streets and a portion of the main street without success. Then I remembered the Chinese restaurant opposite the university gate, and ended up there. A bit pricey – W12,000, but everything else checked. I hope that the first restaurant hasn’t gone out of business.
(BTW Rumour has it that only Chinese students and foreign teachers eat at the Chinese restaurant.)
(PS I can’t remember that I’ve ever written the word ‘connoisseur’ before. I certain had no idea how to spell it, except that my first attempts obviously didn’t look right, even before the red line came up. I wonder how long it will be before I write it again.)
Update: today I wandered past and it was open, so I was getting too worried for nothing. I sometimes do that.
Second update: According to the Korea Herald, South Korea is ‘the republic of chicken‘.