28 (Fri) December 2019
-Oksu, Seongdong, Seoul, Korea-
with the Family
I was awakened this morning by a delivery. Frozen lobster, which my mother had purchased through a home-shopping channel. For a fleeting moment, I felt like the luckiest birthday boy in the world. “Oh no, they’re for your father,” my mother would later explain.
2020 Winter Holiday in Korea, Day 5.
- Day 1 (10.353 Vegetable Rice Bowl)
- Day 2 (10.354 Roast Lobster with Cheese)
- Day 3 (10.355 Laeng Myeon)
- Day 4 (10.356 Haemul Jjim)
Yeon is a Japanese restaurant. Specializes in tuna (chamchi) sashimi (hoe), served in the Korean tradition as part of a full-course/all-u-can-eat meal with various side dishes (see for example 2.015 Tuna Sashimi). Recently opened in Oksu.
We invited my parents to join us. They declined – “We’re not really in the mood for tuna.”
The menu offered 4 options:
- Economy: KRW 28,000 per person
- Top Quality: KRW 38,000 per person
- Special: KRW 55,000 per person
- Royal Special: KRW 75,000 per person
Typically, the only difference is in the types of tuna provided.
We ordered the Special for 3 persons.
The food was excellent.
All the cuts of tuna – different amounts of fat, different flavors, different textures – were each exquisite in their own way.
The service included an aggressive overload of sides, which were quite nice per se and would otherwise be welcome, but they took up space that could be filled with more tuna.
By the time we got our second helping of tuna, which came in one huge portion, we were already stuffed and didn’t enjoy it much.
What a fine meal – felt like the luckiest birthday boy in the world.
A decade of birthdays, as featured on GMTD:
- 2010 (1.357 Steamed King Crab) (3.5)
- 2011 (2.357 Churrasco) (3.0)
- 2012 (3.358 Crystal Hot Pot) (3.5)
- 2013 (4.357 Pear & Honey Tonic) (3.0)
- 2014 (5.357 Chicago Cowboy Steak) (3.0)
- 2015 (6.357 The World’s Best Tasting Tender Beef) (3.0)
- 2016 (7.358 Chili Lime Shrimp) (2.5)
- 2017 (8.357 Lobster with Mushrooms and Noodles in Truffle Sauce) (4.0)
- 2018 (9.357 Purée de Pommes de Terre … with Black Truffles) (4.0)
- 2019 (10.357 The Special) (4.0)