Monday, February 8, 2016

My Korea Delivery: A new English food ordering app for foreigners in Korea

Shameless self-promotion here: Me and my buddies Dan Kopperud and Jim Chang have developed an app together. After working on it for over 2 years, we are going to launch our beta version in select areas in and around the Dunsan region. But we need your help: We need the users numbers to prove to restaurants that there is enough demand from foreigners to warrant a service like this. So, without further adieu, here is the call for beta testers:
Hello! We are looking for people who want to test out our new English food ordering app for mobile devices: My Korea Delivery. This app shows you local delivery and takeout restaurants, and their menus, all in English. You can easily submit your order with a few clicks. Then, just pay the delivery driver like you normally do. Check out the screen shots below! If you live in the following areas in Daejeon, we need you to help us test the new service for free: Dunsan-dong, Galma-dong, Wolpyeong-dong, Tanbang-dong, and Mannyeon-dong. Please message me if you are interested, and share this posting with your friends. If you know someone who may be interested, please direct them to me, thanks!

Email: mykoreadelivery@gmail.com

Facebook: Michael Rain Moses
Kakaotalk: allmountainmike






Sunday, September 21, 2014

151 Bar: Gungdong's Little Steak and Break


151 Bar in Gungdong is all about five things to eat and a lot of drinks. Skip the other four, go straight for the steak. Nice med-rare with some sauteed veggies and king oyster mushrooms. They've been open for a few months and have a nice, low-key atmosphere. Bit of fire for eye candy when they cook.

Quotes from previous guests:

"I had a steak there after midnight, I think."

"Pleasant atmosphere. Like a fancy place. "

"...empty except for me. The place has been empty both times I've been here."

"Good steak."

"The steak was delicious."

"Bacardi Silver in a rum and coke that was only 6000 won."

You know how it is in Daejeon--a little place opens up, does everything nice, but for some reason they just don't get the traffic to stay open. If you're in Gungdong, and crave some solid eats a bit later in the evening and don't want the hassle of galbi or samgyapsal, please direct your trotters this place.

I love bars that serve food over restaurants that serve drinks.

Maybe you do, too.

Tell them Daejeon Access sent you.






The full menu.


Mmmmm tasty.


151 Bar

Steaks and drinks

Not kid friendly

Credit cards accepted

$$

Down the street from Santa's, across from Sun Mart, in Gungdong.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Quan An Vietnam by Benny Palma

This review comes from longtime great guy Benny "The Jet" Palma. He loves Vietnamese food and was going on and on about how great this place delivers a Vietnamese vibe. I asked him to write this review so he would just STFU about the place. I dropped by with Stella from Centreville and it turns out, Benny was right. This place is on, like Donkey Kong in Saigon.



                When living in Daejeon, finding essential restaurants is going to make or break the experience. I have been on the hunt for high quality places to eat that would compare to what I could find in America. I have a passion for Vietnamese cuisine with Pho being at the top of the list. It is a staple dish from Vietnam and is prepared differently based on what part of the country you live. It is a beef broth soup, noodles and an assortment of vegetables. Fairly simple in its preparation but that method makes all the difference.



Quan An Vietnam has pioneered that taste into an affordable dish that costs nearly half the price of other Vietnamese restaurants. The menu hosts a variety of dishes all from the most common that you will find in Vietnam. The spring and summer rolls are good but must be prepared individually by the customer which is a little annoying if you are not familiar with the process.



Bun, a.k.a. rice noodle salad, is another classic Vietnamese dish. It's an amazing salad of thin rice noodles, lettuce, carrot slivers, mint, crushed peanuts, bean sprouts, and fish sauce, topped with grilled pork.The dried noodles are definitely worth a try and are lighter than the pho dishes which may be considered heavier than the other dishes.



The restaurant isn't big on atmosphere. They have just moved to a larger location so it looks nice but the clientele is largely Vietnamese. They are quite nice but do smoke and gamble in the restaurant. If you can overlook that then you should throng for the quality of the food and the excellent prices. A large bowl of steaming pho noodles and veggies swimming in delicious broth and topped with beef is only 6,000 won. Considering that the average bowl of pho costs 10,000 and above in other restaurants it’s quite a steal. Add a plate of Vietnamese spring rolls (fried or fresh) for the perfect meal.

Pros
  • Delicious Vietnamese Pho noodle soup.
  • Inexpensive.
  • Authentic Vietnamese style.
Cons
  • Smoking IS allowed in the restaurant. (I think this is a PLUS!-- Earl)
  • Food preparation is sometimes slow.
  • Waiters are friendly, but often can't speak much English.


Description

  • Address – Quan An Vietnam, Across from Daejeon Station, 7-11 Building 3rd Floor
  • Phone – 042-226-4202
  • Subway – Daejeon Station Exit 7. Left hand side outside the exit.
  • Hours - 10 a.m. to around 10pm
  • Cash and Card Accepted











Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Dino - Italian Cuisine Nestled in the Artsy District of Town


"Old Downtown" has a new Italian venue just around the corner from Brickhouse and down the street from Red 26 in the artsy district of Daeheung-dong.
(They recently celebrated their 100 days birthday last weekend 7-6-13)


The owner had lived and ran a restaurant for approximately 13 years in Australia. (if my memory serves me correctly).


If you are looking for some privacy, Dino's has 4 floors of seating to choose from.







There are various dishes to choose from.

*******February 2015 Update********
 
This is a new updated menu (English and Korean) and the prices have been dropped as well! They also have 3,000 won creamy draft beer as well! You can't go wrong with that!











Glen Riley and I ordered a Chicken Caesar salad. The ingredients got full marks from me even despite my dislike of anchovies. Once the salad was tossed around a bit, I didn't notice the anchovy taste.
All the important components were present and accounted for, and all were good quality.

However, the flavor although nice, the dressing was a bit tangy and it overpowered the other tastes.








Crab Lasagna -Daejeon Access doesn't recommend this dish  unless its fresh^^




The pizza was excellent and Chicken Caesar salad was good. The dessert was outstanding

Overall the ingredients seemed fresh, with the exception of the Crab Lasagna which Earl thought was not fresh. It had a rubbery texture as if it had been microwaved. I agreed with his assessment

The presentation of the food was fine


No complaints on the service



The prices were reasonable


8/10

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Father's Steak House: Not A Chain Restaurant Steak

When was the last time you had a steak at Outback Steakhouse? Did you like it? I’d wager it was average and wasn't award-winning by any stretch of the imagination. VIPS, is another steak and salad venue offering a buffet. If you aren’t into getting a steak of marginal quality, you should check out Father's.




My wife and I decided to check them out on a late Saturday evening. 
Their selection at that time was limited to just the tenderloin.

Mushroom soup
The tall buildings in the upper left corner are of City Hall

List of Steaks offered and sides
Hands down the best steak in Daejeon can be found at W-Bistro located in the artsy district of daeheung dong.  If the venture to “Old Downtown” is too far (When people say this, I always wonder how far is too far within the same city^^)

Fathers Steakhouse is a pleasant change from the chain steak restaurants and its located in Dunsan!



042-484-0191

Price: Reasonable - depending on what size steak you are in the mood for.

Ambience: relaxing

Sound level: comfortable

Music: Easy listening


Visa/Mastercard, debit cards accepted.