What’s the best thing to do if you don’t have a date on Valentine’s Day? Date yourself and your friends! In Korea, Valentine’s Day is popular among couples, regardless of age. The difference of celebrating this day in Korea compare to other countries is that women usually give gifts to their signficant other. But of course, being single doesn’t and shouldn’t stop you from spending this day nicely. So me and my friends decided to explore Dunsan-dong, the new downtown of the city of Daejeon and found this restaurant that serves afforable and delicious pizza and pasta in town – the Rolling Pasta.
Rolling Pasta is actually part of the restaurant chain, The Born Korea, along with other 15 brands other under its umbrella. This restaurant has several branches within the country and is loved by many. When we went there, not only couples chose to dine in at Rolling Pasta, there were family and friends squad too, just like us.
Rolling Pasta offers wide variety of food selection on their menu such as the following:
In Rolling Pasta, you can choose from 10 different types of pasta from their menu. Cream-based pasta include Carbonara, Rose Cream Shrip pasta, Seafood Cream pasta, and Steak Cream Pasta. We tried their cream pasta and I should say that it was indeed creamy and flavorful. While Tomati-based pasta include tomato pasta, tomato seafood pasta, and spicy tomato pasta. And the Oil-based pasta has Aglio & Olio, Vongole, and Soy Usamgyeop pasta. Aside from delightful taste, their servings is also large and good for 2 people.
In addition to pasta, you can also look forward to their thin crust pizza that is very affordable. You can choose from SHrimp Bacon Pizza, Margherita Pizza or Gorgonzola. I was actually surprised to see a thin crust pizza in Korea because most of the pizza place that I have been to only serve the regular thick crust pizza.
Steak and Gambas
You can also try Rolling Pasta’s mouthwatering Chop Steak and Gnocchi Gambas. The servings of these two dishes are also large and good for sharing for 2 to 3 people. But of course, it would still depend on your appetite.
Doria & Pilaf
Rolling Pasta also serves Doria that comes in Usamgyeop and Rose Cream Shrimp flavor. You migt also want to try their Pilaf if you want to eat rice with various ingredients such as shrimp, beef, bacon or steak.
They aslo have Green Salad and Cream Cheese Salad for those who love to eat vegetable salad.
And lastly, Rolling Pasta offers drinks too to pair with your main dish. WIne is also available which is good for celebration or if you just feel like drinking.
*Note that menu options and prices are subject to change without prior notice.
When we visited the Dunsan branch of Rolling Pasta in Daejeon, there were quite a lot of people probably because it was on a weekend and Valentine’s day. The restaurant is also very strict in complying with the social distancing rules and other health protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Thus, they only allow a maximum of 4 persons in one table and you would have to use QR code or list down your name upon entry. Additionally, your body temperature will also be checked by a scanner before you can dine in.
Rolling Pasta is open daily from 11:30 AM to 9:00 PM, with a break time from 3:00 to 5:00 PM. But note however that its operating hours may be shortened due to COVID-19 restrictions in the city.
How to get there
Daejeon, Seo-gu, Dunsan-dong, Daedeok-daero 217beon-gil, 32 석원 Building 2nd floor (대전 서구 대덕대로217번길 32 석원빌딩 2층)
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