MoonJar – (달빛 술담)

Name: MoonJar (달빛 술담)

Location: Sinsa-dong

Reviewed by:Mamas ’& Papas on: 11th August, 2012

Thoughts:  MoonJar is one of the most famous places to go for an upmarket makgeolli experience, though a little difficult to find for some of us.  It’s always busy (especially on weekends) and despite the spacious interior, reservations are a must if you want in.  The service was prompt, though a little abrupt, and the atmosphere was young and trendy.  We chose MoonJar in particular to check out their makgeolli cocktail range, so our Mamas & Papas focused their reviewing taste buds on a selection of three different cocktails.

LOCATION                                       FOOD

Service:        ***                                Haemul Pajeon (해물파전) :  ***1/2

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Chez Mak – Sinsa dong

Name: ChezMak

Location: Sinsa-dong

Recommended by:  Twitter Follower

What we have heard:   ChezMak is an upscale ‘Contemporary Korean Dining Bar’ that is listed as one of the ’3 Trendiest Makgeolli Bars in Seoul’ by Mnet’s Enewsworld (alongside Moon Jar and Cheongdam (1) Mak).  It’s what you would expect from a makgeolli bar in Garusu-gil, and they have a wide selection of makgeolli cocktails and fancy dishes.  Our recommendation mentioned that most of the cocktail combinations were very sweet.

Photo Credit:  Enewsworld

Address: 536-1, Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu

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Mowmow – Itaewon

Name: Mowmow

Location: Itaewon

Recommended by:  10 Magazine

What we have heard:   Mowmow is new on the scene in premium makgeolli, and it also offers some pretty fancy makgeolli cocktails.  It has a more modern interior and the menu has classics such as pajeon and ddeokbokki, as well as some other fusion plates.  The interior looks open and comfortable with a lot of windows.   We’ve heard that the food is amazing and the makgeolli is of excellent quality, though there have been reports of shaky service.


Photo Credit:  Jenika & Kyle in Korea

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Makgeolli Cocktail Contest Winner: Double Melon Makgeolli by Chance Barkley

Our first Makgeolli Contest winner has been selected on a voting basis from our community of Mamas & Papas.  Mr. Chance Barkley came out ahead with his ‘Double Melon Makgeolli’ creation.  He has earned himself a free spot at our meeting this Saturday the 11th August at a famous Makgeolli cocktail bar, Moon Jar, in Gangnam.  Congratulations Chance!!

Here is Chance’s recipe, try it out for yourselves and tell us what you think :)

Drink : Double Melon Makgeolli


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Nakseo Pajeon (낙서)

Name: Nakseo Pajeon (낙서 파전)

Location: Hoegi Station (회기), ‘Pajeon Alley’

Reviewed by:Mamas & Papas on: 21st July, 2012

Thoughts:  We had been recommended by numerous sources that this place has some of the best pajeon in town…and they were not wrong!  We were surprised at how easy it was to get there, despite not being in one of the more popular regions of Seoul.

LOCATION                                       FOOD

Service:        ****                                Haemul Pajeon :  ****1/2

Style:             ****                                Kimchi Pajeon:    ****1/2

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