Food & Drink Seoul

5 Foreign Restaurants to Check Out in Seoul

Are you looking for new restaurants to try out in Seoul? Instead of Korean food, why not try something new this time? Now, let me recommend some of the foreign restaurants in Seoul worth checking out! They offer authentic and delicious food and might cure your homesickness for a while. This can also be another way to travel abroad and experience new culture on a budget! So buckle up, and letโ€™s head to Turkey, India, Indonesia, Taiwan, and Uzbekistan!

Istanbul Grill

We went to this restaurant on a Saturday afternoon lunch. I didnโ€™t have a big breakfast on that day on purpose so that I could savor more delicious Turkish food! Even though I have never been to Turkey, it has always been on my bucket list for some time. Luckily, I went there with a Turkish friend. She shared with me about her heritage and recommended which dish to eat. It was such a pleasant experience! Letโ€™s take a look at the menu!

We ordered four sets of grill menu of chicken, lamb, beef, and eggplant dish, with tomato soup and Ayran (Turkish yoghurt drink). I loved the side dish salad of cucumber and tomato! It inspired me to make a similar side dish at home. Look how large our plates were!

If you look closely at the interior of this restaurant, there are photos that show the restaurant has been featured several times on popular TV shows.

istanbul grill interior

  • Restaurant name: Istanbul Grill
  • Address: Mapo-gu, Baekbeom-ro 152, Seoul (walking distance from Geongdok station exit 1)

Little India

Iโ€™m a fan of Indian food. So when a friend invited me for Indian meals, my answer was a definite yes! This time, we visited Little India in Itaewon. I think they have a 10-page food menu option in total! So many options from soups, tandoori chickens to naans.

  • Restaurant name: Little India
  • Address: 21 Usadan-ro 10-gil, Itaewon 1(il)-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul

Lilin

Surprisingly, there are around 10 Indonesian restaurants I could find in Seoul. Not all of them have authentic taste, but this restaurant definitely does! We actually had to be put on a waiting list before dining-in, as there were many people and the place is quite small (yet cozy!). I loved how they decorate the restaurant with Balinese cultural ornaments. Below is the menu!

MENU AT LILIN RESTAURANT

We ordered Indonesian fried rice (nasi goreng) and crab with tomato seafood curry (kepiting tomat kari), and it was super delicious! I also wanted to try the fried banana (pisang goreng), unfortunately, it was out of stock. Nonetheless, we were very happy when the food came out!

I visited this restaurant with my good friend from Pakistan, and he promised to introduce me to his home country food when we meet next time ๐Ÿ™‚ make sure to check out my future article posts to find out, because Iโ€™ll surely be writing a review for this restaurant too! You can also check my friendโ€™s travel articles here. Heโ€™s one of the featured writers here on this site!

  • Restaurant name: Lilin
  • Address: Mapo-gu, Dongyo-ro 34, 17, Seoul (close to Hongdae station exit 3)
  • Phone number: 0507-1410-6036

Taiwan Beef Noodles (๋Œ€๋งŒ์šฐ์œก๋ฉด)

This is one of my favorite restaurants in Sinchon. Its location is very close to the direct U-Plex exit, which makes it convenient to directly walk to the restaurant. Much like the name, its popular dish is the Taiwanese beef noodles. I ordered this right away as I came into the restaurant because the picture menu just looked too good!

just look at the noodles! For only 8,500 Won, you can get a hearty bowl of Taiwanese beef noodles. Definitely worth the price!

taiwanese restaurant interior

Overall, the interior is cozy and there is a lot of food options. There were a lot of customers coming in and out of the restaurant as well. If youโ€™re not good at spices, Iโ€™d recommend the beef noodle or ์šฐ์œก๋ฉด (the one I ordered)! For those who like spices, I recommend the knife-cut noodles (๋„์‚ญ๋ฉด), or the one on the right from the menu photo. I also recommend getting the dim sums as a side dish!

  • Restaurant name: Taiwan Beef Noodles (๋Œ€๋งŒ์šฐ์œก๋ฉด)
  • Address: Sodaemun-gu, Myeongmul-gil 10, First floor

Star Samarkand

Now, letโ€™s travel to Uzbekistan! I went to this restaurant with my Uzbek friend, and I definitely recommend this place if you want to try authentic Uzbek food. Below is the menu you can choose from:

The fried food, especially, was a bit oily than expected, but tasted really delicious! The extra oil must be healthy fats, I assume ๐Ÿ™‚ We had bread for appetizers. For the main dish, we ordered Plov (a similar dish to fried rice), and Shashlik (skewered meat cooked on the grill). They also had (similar to the Turkish version of tomato and cucumber side dish), which is just fresh and delicious.

  • Restaurant name: Star Samarkand
  • Address: Jung-gu, Mareunnero 159-10, Seoul (close to DDP station, exit 5)

I hope this gives you a better insight into what to expect when visiting various foreign restaurants in Seoul! For more information, you can contact me throughย social media or check out my other articles! Do not forget to check other cultural experience or travel stories for more inspiration too.