Smoked Meat and Barbecue with Draft Beer in Mapo, Seoul
he "Bonanza" on restaurant ally in front of Hongik University at
Seogyo-dong in Mapo-gu, Seoul offers one of the best pork menus with
plentiful, homemade sausages and various types of side dishes to go with
a pint of cold draft beer.
A roasted young baby pig costs W280,000 and is served on the table as a
whole, but its sweet meat is much better than that of a fully grown pig.
The meat is enough for a party of six to fully enjoy their dinner. The
Bonanza serves this dish from time to time, but one has to make a
reservation for it two days in advance.
In the evening, the restaurant is fully of people, from university
students to elderly couples who come to enjoy the place's draft beer.
One does not need to spend a huge sum as for the full pig, as a pork
barbecue, which is also delicious, costs a reasonable W20,000 and is
served with chilly and mustard sauce. The owner, a former tradesman, of
the place combined these features from his experiences travelling around
Europe on business.
Homemade sausages range from W12,000 for plain ones to W15,000 for those
offered with boiled cabbage and a spicy sauce. Sea bream meuniere
(W20,000) with cream sauce is also a specialty of Bonanza. However, do
not picture of an up market French restaurant just because Bonanza
serves meuniere. It is more like a stop-by place to enjoy cold beer with
Ice lettuce is served with the pork menu and cabbage with chicken.
Bonanza's coleslaw is made with sliced cabbage, onion, peppers, carrots
and maize sprinkled with pinches of sugar, salt and vinegar.
Simple dishes like pork or fish cutlets and sausage meal sets are
offered during lunch hours. If you remember an old western movie
"Bonanza," the word means "great success," "luck" or "a rich mine." The
restaurant Bonanza seems to mix the feelings of the vast wild plains of
the West in America with the freshly cooked scent of barbecue meat.
Business Hours: 10am till 12am
Holidays: First and Third Sundays
Number of Seats: 50
Parking: Nearby Parking Lot Available
Accept all credit cards
Telephone: (02) 322- 8755
(Weekly Chosun, Goh Hyeong-wuk)