Best thing about dining in Seoul, no tip no tax

I was having an interesting conversation with my friend over lunch earlier today. We are both Gyopos and we currently live in Seoul, Korea. My friend was saying that dining in the States is cheaper. I called bullshit! Food is cheaper here in Seoul. Scratch that. Restaurant dining is cheaper in Korea. Food, not so much. Going grocery shopping is a pain on the wallet, especially if you buy a lot of fruit and meat. But, going to a sit down restaurant is super cheap when you compare to the States. In this post I’m excluding fancy westernized restaurants.

Obviously i won the debate. The reason why i won the discussion? The two T’s, Tip and Tax. Restaurants in Seoul don’t know anything about tip or tax. I’m assuming that they lump the tax into the final price. Locals here would go apeshit if they had to pay tax on top of the listed price. And tipping? Doesn’t really exist in Korean culture.

Going to a restaurant in the states will run you about 80-100 dollars. Nothing fancy either. Just your run of the mill date dinner. Cause pasta with drinks and apps will cost about $60. Add the tip and tax and you have 80-100. That’s a lot of money. Here in Seoul, Korea, your average dinner date will only hold you back like 50k won. That’s around $45. No tip no tax!

But, Koreans love to ride the train. Can’t end the night with just dinner. You have to relocate to another place for round 2. 1 cha, 2 cha, 3 cha. This was the argument my friend made. He’s right if you factor in round 2 and 3. But, we were only talking about dinner.

Anyways, i just thought that i’d share a lil bit of Korean food culture with you guys. I will end the post here.

Ankara Picnic satisfies my halal cravings

There is this little kebab joint right in the middle of Itaewon that i visit every time i’m near it. It’s right off the Itaewon station exit. I’ve probably been there at least 20 times or so. One of the reasons why i want to live in Ichon dong is because it’s so damn close to Itaewon. So many foreigner friendly restaurants in Itaewon.

The name of the place is Ankara Picnic. They have lamb and chicken kebabs. The place is halal. Like real kosher. The restaurant is a shack. Real small and usually you will see a line of about 8-12 people. But it’s totally worth the wait. They don’t have much room to eat inside but it’s ok cause you can step outside and eat it out on the street. Take in the funky Itaewon air and watch the eclectic mix of people walking by as you bite down on your middle eastern burrito. Only in Itaewon.

The Kebabs at Ankara Picnic are about 4 bucks. I usually get mine with a dash of spicy sauce and a whole lot of white sauce. Im getting hungry just thinking about it. They have a bunch of kebab restaurants in Itaewon. Don’t just walk into any tho. The one right down the street is real shitty. Trust me and hit up Ankara Picnic. And no I’m not being paid by Mr. Picnic for this very fine review of his establishment.