This is my contribution to Foodie Tuesday, hosted by Inside Journeys. If you missed last week’s Food Tuesday you can take a peek here 🙂 When I’m in Korea I usually venture into Seoul once a month to eat, drink, and laugh with a group of likeminded expat boomers. We almost always choose a foreign food establishment. The food is always good, and the company outstanding. Our last lunch I rate outstanding on both counts. The chosen venue was Zelen, an elegant Bulgarian restaurant located in the heart of Itaewon, that area of Seoul catering to Expats and foreign visitors. This was the second time that I have dined here, and I was excited. I had enjoyed my first dining experience, and was looking forward to another.
The meals are hearty meat and potato dishes that stick to your ribs, and leave you satisfied. For those who prefer to leave the meat eating to others, there is a nice selection of vegetarian dishes. After a lot of back and forth, I decided on the vegetarian mousaka. I was not disappointed. The filling was nicely seasoned, and the tasty top crust had me almost believing that there had to be meat hiding somewhere!
A bit of creativity with the lamb skewers!
The elegantly furnished dining room is large, but laid out so that the noise is kept to a minimum, and you’re ears aren’t burning from conversations wafting over from the neighboring tables. Lots of natural light too. The cozy dining alcoves next to the windows are very popular.
Creative chefs at work…
Happy boomer Expats…(Taken by one of our friendly servers.)
Open for lunch and dinner, dining is a la carte or set menu. You can easily eat under $20.00US if you don’t get into the alcohol. Of course, I wouldn’t do that! (I have some swamp land for sale, too!). The house wine is very nice, and a good pour, at $8.00 per glass. Baskets of bread are provided, which is a nice treat in Korea! If you live in Korea, here for a visit, I highly recommend Zelen for lunch or dinner. Map and Location Phone Number: 02-749-0600 (reservations recommended during peak hours) Address: 116-14 Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea Facebook Located on the street behind the Hamilton Hotel. Exit subway exit 2, take your first right, and walk towards the Moghul Indian Restaurant. At the T-intersection, make a left and go straight. Zelen is just after Jack Ryan’s, on the second floor above Pattaya Thai restaurant.
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