Myeongdong Donkkaseu

Address: Myeongdong
Directions from website:  From exit 6 of Euljiro-ipku station (subway line 2) walk about 200m until you reach a tourist information office. Turn left and walk about 80m until you reach McDonalds on your left. Turn left at McDonalds and you’ll see the restaurant sign.

Myeongdong Donkkaseu serves tons of tonkatsu (breaded pork cutlets) everyday, and their secret is aging thick slices of seasoned pork fillet for 3 to 4 days before serving it to customers, to make the meat more tender.

We ordered a tonkatsu, and a cordon bleu, which is basically the tonkatsu, but with cheese, onions and peppers. After being in a couple of restaurants in Korea we realize that very often, their menu tends to be simple and basic, and ordering is usually an uncomplicated process. When we were in USA we would sit at a table, and be given a menu to look at while our server goes away doing some other thing, to later come back and take our orders. In Korea, we’ve always been able to order our food the moment we sit down, because there’s really not much to look at in the menu, if there is one at all. Every restaurant specializes in one item, and everyone in the restaurant has that one item, which is something very different from other countries we’ve been to.

The pork cutlets are incredibly crispy on the outside and wonderfully moist and tender on the inside. There is a side of chopped up lettuce on your plate as well, which is to be eaten with this lovely miso dressing, and is essential to counter all the oil from the frying, which tends to be sickening after a while, and cleanses your palate.

The cordon bleu was pretty good as well, though the focus of the cutlet is the cheese and all those frills rather than the pork.

Overall this is a really nice specialty restaurant to check out. Problem is, you end up smelling like fryer oil after your meal, so try not to hang around too long so your clothes absorb as little of the oily air as possible.

Service: 6.5/10
Food: 7/10

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