Every once in a while, I want a REALLY good burger. For me that means a hamburger patty made with good qualify ground beef, topped with all the burger “fixins”…tomato, lettuce, onion, a bit of sauce all on a good bun and at a price that won’t break the budget. There are a few popular burger joints in Korea, but none of them really do it for me. The burgers are too bland, too perfect (I like a little messy), and way too expensive! After you pay $9 bucks for the burger, do you really want to be set back another $7 or $8 bucks for fries and a beverage? I didn’t think so.
Welcome to Daejeon’s GRILL HOUSE, a quaint 10 seater diner owned and operated by New Jersey trained Korean chef, Brian Kim. I’ve known about this place for a while, but I had never made it a mission to find it until last week. Once I made up my mind there was no turning back, and finding it was not that difficult. I arrived late and was glad that I did. A lunch time crowd would have had the Grill House bulging.
First order of business was to peruse the menu, and so many choices! I finally zeroed in on the Texas Burger. Taking my order, Brian asked me how I wanted my egg cooked. OH, there’s an egg on that one, I didn’t know. I really wasn’t in the mood for an egg on my burger, so I quickly changed to my second choice, the teriyaki burger. Fries and a water rounded out my meal.
The wait wasn’t that long, and I took the time to notice that two other tables were occupied by Koreans; a good sign.
TADA…my burger arrived!; looking awesome. The fries were nicely cooked, and I liked the look of the bun and the meat patty, with the lettuce, tomato and onion giving a little peek show.
It was love at first bite! I was wowed at how good this burger was. I wanted it to last forever. I think I sat with my eyes closed between bites. I did not want to lose the moment. The fries were also the best I have eaten in Korea. I could have sworn I was eating somewhere in Canada. There is no doubt in my mind that I’ll be going back and often. The bill came to $13.00 and that included a Perrier water.
Don’t you just love the kitschy feel from the pictures and posters lining the walls!
Open everyday from 11am to 10pm. Exit 4,Yongmun Station, walk straight towards Lotte Department Store. Enter the building with the Paris Baguette Bakery. Walk to the end of the hall, and the House Grill is on the right. Phone: 010-9165-5142. Limited seating, so you might want to avoid peak lunch and dinner hours. Take out available.
Where have you had that unforgettable burger, in your travels?