Another day, another food adventure! I don’t have any sort of real ranking of my favourite restaurants, but if I had one, this place would be sitting nicely on first place. I love everything about it. A BIGBANG themed restaurant in Shinokubo serving amazing Korean food. What else could you ask for? Not a big fan of BIGBANG? Absolutely no problem! You’ll find photos, posters and maybe even autographs of many other k-pop idols here too. Not a fan of k-pop at all? Enjoy the delicious and authentic Korean food they serve… and they have a pretty wide selection of amazing dishes!
It’s just a 2 minutes walk from Shin-Okubo station. You can’t miss the gorgeous pink-haired G Dragon (I’m sure that this poster itself brings in a lot of customers…female customers).
You can take a look at everything they offer even before you actually go inside. So as we can see (and as I mentioned before), there’s a special BIGBANG room — unfortunately I have never had a chance to sit there because it’s almost always occupied when I’m there.
Apparently, Haruna Ai has visited the place and left them her autograph. Who is Haruna Ai? When I first came to Japan, I saw her in lots of variety shows and thought she was a pretty cute lady with an interesting husky voice. Well, she turned out to be a ニューハーフ (‘new half‘) – a transgendered woman who won the “Miss International Queen 2009” held in Thailand (according to Wikipedia, she is the first Japanese to get that title). Well, I still think she’s a really lovely lady. There’s also a pic and a signature of a famous Korean actor Lee Min-ho, so I assume he’s been there too.
Inside we have tons and tons of photos and posters of hallyu stars and BIGBANG of course. They play mainly BIGBANG’s music which is one of the reasons why this place is my favourite. Every so often they play music videos of other YG artists, but you won’t hear SM Entertainment or other agencies’ artists here. I should probably write about another restaurant in Shin-Okubo, where they play only SM Entertainment music for a change (and it was also much cheaper…). Someday I’ll be sure to get to that, so stay tuned.
I managed to get a rather unflattering shot of CL…
If you’re a big fan of k-pop, you might recognize these handsome young men. Unfortunately I couldn’t, so please let me know in a comment if you can identify them for me.
*JYJ ordering drinks*
Yoochun: I should get that refreshing sour as always… (サワー sawaa = sake cocktail)
Jaejoong: There are many kinds of sours. (very insightful)
Junsu: I guess I’ll go for a sour, too.
What a natural conversation! /s
Kim Nam Gil is not as indecisive as JYJ boys and he knows that what he wants is chamisul (Korean vodka).
♥The BIGBANG room! Posters, CDs, photos, pillows…A paradise for fans of the fantastic 5. And if you add delicious Korean food to it…HEAVEN!♥
Big thanks to my friend Misato for posing in such a lovely way with their menu. You may think that their prices are a bit high, but keep in mind that dishes from this menu are supposed to be shared among 2-3 people.
Here’s their lunch menu (10:30 – 16:00). Prices vary from 850 yen (which is super cheap) to even 3000 yen (which is not cheap at all). I have tried their japchae, their fried squid rice, kimchi jjigae, kimchi fried rice, bulgogi and probably some others but my absolute favourite is their cold noodles – naengmyon! Sooo good!
Cheers! 乾杯! 건배! Bon appetit! いただきます! 잘 먹겠습니다!
To make noodles easier to eat, waiters actually cut them. I distinctly remember the first time I ate Korean noodles, I was kind of surprised when I saw a waiter approaching with huge scissors and cutting my food.
Bibim naengmyon, delicious appetizers — kimchi, yeolmu kimchi, mechurial jorim (quail eggs in soy sauce) an mul naengmyon
This has to be my favourite Korean food restaurant so far. I might be biased because of BIGBANG’s music and posters everywhere, but I would lie if I said I go there only because of them. I love the food, the drinks (awesome makgeolli cocktails!) and the neighbourhood. A great place for lunch – 10/10!
My friend Misato is a total babe and I like her simple and cool fashion. I asked her about the items she was wearing that day, so here’s the list:
top: MUJI 無印良品
shoes&bag: another edition (www.another-edition.jp)
Thank you for reading!♥ (and be sure to visit this place the next time you find yourself in Shin-Okubo!)