Bogl is a train themed restaurant located near Sangsu station in Seoul, not far from the popular Hongdae area. Not only is this place an incredibly uniquely themed restaurant, but it is also one of the best restaurants I have ever been to in my life in terms of taste and service. Someone hurry up and give this place a Micheline Star!
Bogl is a small restaurant, but it is absolutely stunning. When you walk inside, you will quickly find that the interior resembles an antique train. A dark wood, the long bar is accompanied by deep blue velvet curtains, and a light-colored low ceiling.
When we entered, we walked up to the ticket booth window, rang a bell, and the conductor of our evening appeared. The conductor showed us our extra special seats. We were led to an indoor balcony room with a large table and long bench. Our table also had its very own, full-sized Christmas tree. He handed us each a menu and instructed us to ring the bell on our table when we were ready to order. With that, he exited our room and closed the doors behind him. We had this entire private room to ourselves to enjoy a nice holiday dinner.
The menu was short and sweet. We decided on the Burrata Cheese Salad, Millet Roe Pasta with Sea Urchin, and Striploin Steak. After ringing the bell, our conductor promptly appeared. We placed our order and also began ordering wine. However, our conductor let us know that each and every dish came with a free wine pairing! What a lovely, unexpected surprise! We ended up getting a free glass of red wine, and two sparkling white wines with our meals.
Of course, the price was more than your average meal in Seoul. However, I think that the prices were very reasonable considering the quality of the food and our experience. Our salad was 18,000 KRW, the pasta was 30,000, and the steak was 40,000.
The.Food.Was. So. Good. Everything somehow tasted even better than it looked, and it all looked amazing! This also wasn’t the kind of place where things look and taste amazing, but you leave hungry. We were full to bursting by the time we left.
Burrata Cheese Salad
The first thing that came out was the Burrata Cheese Salad. It was so cute! The cheese looked like an adorable dumpling on top of colorful sprouts, cured meat, and a dressing that seemed to contain basil pesto. We sliced open our burrata cheese dumpling and let it ooze out on top of the greens – so satisfying. With the first bite, my eyes lit up. It was the best salad I had ever tasted in my life. In fact, even though the steak was perfect, I found, in a strange twist of fate, I actually preferred this salad to meat. 10000/10 recommend!
Pasta & Steak
Next, out came our millet roe pasta with sea urchin and steak. First, the millet roe pasta was quite different from what I had envisioned. However, I didn’t mind at all because the taste surpassed my expectations. The pasta was oil based with millet row with cheese incorporated throughout. It was further topped with a sprinkling of fresh cheese, roasted garlic, and dehydrated sea urchin sliced. Honestly, I had no idea you could do that to sea urchin. I’d only ever had it fresh before. In its fresh form, it is mild and creamy. However, in this form, it was quite pungent. As someone who is a fan of salty food and strong tastes, I really enjoyed this dish, but I am not sure it would be for everyone.
Finally, or so we thought, was the steak. Our steak was served alongside roasted tomatoes, asparagus, mashed potatoes, dijon mustard butter, and wasabi butter. It was absolute perfection. I was especially happy to see mashed potatoes. I freaking love mashed potatoes! Everything paired amazingly well together and the homemade butter were a welcomed addition.
We thought that we were done with our meal, however, our conductor had another surprise in store. He brought out wine glasses filled with ice cream. It was a freshly made homemade biscoff-flavored ice cream accompanied by chocolate puff cereal, a cherry, and a chocolate wafer straw. It was a perfect flavor to match the season and a great way to end our meal. Looking at Instagram, it seems that the restaurant regularly gives out free ice cream at the end of meals and the flavors regularly change.
Overall, this was one of my best restaurant experiences in South Korea. The host and chef were incredibly welcoming and kind. It was obvious that they are very passionate about the food they make. I appreciated how they took the time to make things like the butter and ice cream themselves, and sort out wine pairings for each dish. Honestly, I’ve been to a few Michelin-star restaurants, and I think they’re at that level in terms of quality of food and service. Considering everything, I can’t recommend this place enough.
It is a small place, so I recommend reserving a seat before you go.
Bogl (보글) Address: 39-14 Wausan-Ro, Mapo-Go, Seoul Korean address: 서울 마포구 와우산로 39-14 1층 Operating Hours: Thu - Sun 12:00 PM - 10:00 PM Closed: Mon, Tues, Wed *Often Open on Public Holidays that fall on closed days
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