11.292 Bistro Ryu Salad


23 (Fri) October 2020

Bistro Ryu Salad


at Bistro Ryu

-Seongsu, Seongdong, Seoul, Republic of Korea-

with HSK

Still knee-deep in fulfilling orders from our virtual warehouse sale (see most recently 11.291 Big Mac), I welcomed the opportunity to step outside for a quick meal with someone other than co-workers.

Located in a back alley around the corner from the office – yet another affirmation of the neighborhood’s gentrification.
(1) Is it a bistro or a French Dining Pub – what is a French Dining Pub?  (2) Soju, really?  (3) Jasmine rice, really?  No, not really – the rice that we got was not in fact jasmine.  (3) The lunch menu features 5 dishes: 2 stews, at least one of which seemed more Spanish than French, and 3 pastas, at least one of which seemed more Italian (but not very Italian) than French.  (4) “Lamb rack Steak” is an oxymoron.  (5) They couldn’t find a better flag of France, at least something that didn’t have a white background? (6) In terms of design – font, photos, layout – this has to be the most amateur effort that I’ve seen in ages, actually kinda refreshingly old school.  (7) What the Fuck With all the Random capitalizatioN?!?!
Like the menu, the decor appeared rather random – the tables are actually desks.

Bistro Ryu is a French restaurant.

The food was vaguely French or at least European in nature, and it was generally okay, but the overall experience felt short.

Lentil Soup (3.0): rich nutty flavors, warm and creamy, best dish of the spread – on the house.
Baguette (2.0): looked like a baguette with the taste and texture of Wonderbread – perfect for a zep (see 11.263 A Zep, A Large).
Tomato Meat sauce Pasta (2.0): edible.

(For more details re food, see WHAT)

(For more details re venue, see WHERE IN KOREA)

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