[eat] Authentic Russian cuisine at Gostiniy Dvor @ Dongdaemun, Seoul

I rarely venture to Dongdaemun area, if I do, it is for one reason only: for Soviet food. Outside Dongdaemun History & Culture Park station is what can be called “Little Russia”, where a number of Russian, Uzbek, Kazakstan etc. restaurants are located. The atmosphere itself is always unusually quiet and mysterious; it just doesn’t feel Korean at all.
The food scene, however, is vibrant. There lie some of the best eats I have ever had in Korea at a quite low price tag. Gostiniy Dvor–a Russian bistro–is the place I am especially fond of.

You have to live in Korea to know how bad Korean beer is. That’s why the bf wasted no time in ordering a Russian beer. It was, he said, one of the best beer one could find in Korea, the reasonable price was a bonus.

We started with Booterbrodikj (bread with butter and caviar–7000 KRW). The presentation was so lovely. I loved the smooth buttery taste with a salty kick from caviar.

Next was lamb Pelmeni (8000 KRW). These little dumplings look cute and taste delicious, especially when paired with sour cream. At 8000 KRW, we were so surprised with the generous portion:

More meat was needed. We ordered Homemade cutlets (8000 KRW) and once again were pleasantly surprised at how hearty and homey it was:

Dessert started with kefir. Too sour for me :-s

BUT the Russian pancakes were HEAVEN. It was a real win–the star of the meal. Two big pancakes stuffed with cottage cheese at 6000 KRW! And they tasted DIVINE.

SO much cheese:


I love the place. Gostiniy Dvor is also listed as one of the best 7 Russian restaurants in Seoul on CNNGo. The food is authentic, the atmosphere is calm and collected, the price can’t be better for a restaurant in Seoul.

Gostiniy Dvor. Dongdaemun History and Culture Park, exit 7. Take a u-turn to the right as you come out. Gostiny Dvor is down the first alley to the left.


15 thoughts on “[eat] Authentic Russian cuisine at Gostiniy Dvor @ Dongdaemun, Seoul

    • Actually, butter and caviar make a great combination. A canape made with a piece of baguette, a thin layer of real butter (not a vegetable spread) and red caviar is a traditional Russian appetizer and it tastes divine. Although it can be made with any type of bread (which can also be lightly toasted and cooled to room temperature), the authentic recipe calls for a plain fresh baguette and that’s what most Russians would use. So, what I see in the picture is not exactly how it is supposed to be done: the bread that was used is what we in Russia call “plain bread” which is great for having with soup but it doesn’t compliment caviar very well; besides, there is way too much butter. However, these little “buterbrodi” are still quite tasty and the caviar they serve in this restaurant is not bad considering that high quality red caviar is not easy to find in Korea. Everything else on the menue is authentic food from different regions of the former Soviet Union, prepared exactly the way it should be. My only disapointment (and a huge one!) was that I didn’t find shashlik (a type of kebab) on the menue, and a real Russian cannot survive too long without shashlik. :-)

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