[Seoul] Ilhochic 일호식

Having read about this new restaurant that serves healthy and hearty meals, I definitely had to check it out so made a reservation for dinner one evening with friends (I recommend to make a reservation beforehand especially during dinner time).

Ilhochic is located in tucked behind a main street in Hannam-dong and the nearest metro station is Hannam Station. The restaurant is on the ground floor of a four storey building and the entrance is very simplistic with just its sign on a square wood block.

We were ushered to our table which was facing the bar table so you could see the kitchen area. The atmosphere was relaxing and all the tables by the windows were already taken up by mature men and women. This is definitely not a place for the young and hip but rather for those who are into their healthy food from time to time (me!).

The menu was simple and consisted of single dishes and the Prix Fixe – the fixed price set meals which is inclusive of the side dishes. The five of us went for a set meal each and our choices included brown rice with beef and soft boiled egg, grilled mackerel with brown rice and a Korean style omelette to share.

The food was fresh and hearty and I thoroughly enjoyed every dish laid out in front of me! The price is probably a bit overpriced compared to similar restaurants but it was comfortable and cosy. Next time I would come back here and try the dinner menu and other delicacies on the menu such as the braised kimchi with pork belly and the fish cake stew. If you are looking for something healthy and hearty and tasty then give Ilhochic a try.

For those of you who don’t know, Ilhochic actually means 一好食 in Chinese. This loosely translates to Number One Tasty and the way its pronounced in Cantonese is very similar to the Korean pronunciation. Coincidence? I think not.

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[Seoul] Mr. Holmes Bakehouse

When walking past bakery shops, I always have to stop and peep inside for any pastries, buns or cakes to satisfy my sweet cravings. I passed by Mr. Holmes Bakehouse and was immediately drawn to the baby pink neon signs (especially the cute peace sign) outside the shop and OMG cruffin alert!

We opted for the chocolate brioche donut and the famous cruffin! Two of these should be enough to share between the three of us! We found the donut was a little bit sweet but the cruffin was really moreish. The pastry was crispy but flaky at the same time and the chocolate creme really complimented it well. But definitely these delights are to be had once a few months! I really recommend the cruffin which is great for sharing. I have also heard that there is now a concession in Shinsegae department store in Gangnam so there is now another place to go to if you want to avoid the crowded Garosugil.

[Jeju Island] Hyeopjae Beach 협재해변 & Hamdeok Beach 함덕 서우봉해변

I was very excited to visit Seoul this summer along with a one day trip to Jeju Island! I have always wanted to visit Jeju Island but summer seemed like the only season to go and I am one who tries to avoid the hot weather as much as I can… Anyway it was a really good time to go (mid-June) and I travelled with my sister, our friend and her husband who only had two hours of sleep the night before and drove us around all day in Jeju Island (while we slept in the car…thank you again!!!).

Our first stop was at Hyeopjae Beach which was a two hour drive from Jeju Intl Airport. We arrived at around 9:30am and the sky was grey! We walked towards the left side of the beach as there were less people and there we could see the black rocks.

As you can see from the photos above, it was cloudy but still pleasant enough to enjoy the views of the sea. It was just lovely gazing at this wonderful place which we did so for the next hour or so.

We moved to our next destination once we felt refreshed and it was Hamdeok Beach – which was another two hour drive. I do recommend to rent a car once at Jeju Island because public transportation may not take you to all the places you want to go and exploring by car is the best option (in my most honest and humblest opinion!).

Once we arrived at Hamdeok Beach, the sun came out to play! Can you see the difference in the sky? The aqua green water was breathtaking and we even stood on the black rocks to get a better view of the scenery.

There is a cafe on the beach called Cafe Delmoondo so you can stop by for your coffee / cold drink fix before heading over to the beach. Unfortunately we were not dressed to play in the water which was a shame, given that the weather was lovely for playing in the water.

We left Jeju Island around 9pm that evening, having had a fun filled day even though we were all knackered from the lack of sleep! But hey, once you’re still young, you still have it in you to seize the day! I definitely recommend Jeju Island for a short trip if you plan to stay in Korea for more than a week in the summer months.