There is nothing quite like the words, “all you can eat,” to get my juices flowing. I hate when my shallow pockets prevent me from eating just as much as I want, so that magical phrase is music to my ears. Unsurprisingly, when one of my very best foodie friends suggested we go and check out an all you can eat lamb skewer place, I was there like a shot.
The restaurant is located just next to Sookmyung Women’s University and is nestled in amongst a dozen or so other shops or restaurants. Clearly I need to pay more attention when I am walking around because I have probably passed this place half a dozen or so times before. The Chinese neighbourhood over in Daerim is probably considered the Chinese lamb skewer capital of the city but if you live in the middle or east of the city this is much easier to get to. The best part of this is that the all you can eat lamb skewer option costs a mere 13,900. Alright indeed.
It’s not just lamb that you get as part of the deal, I was pleasantly surprised to find it included pork, chicken, and shrimp. The skewers are cooked with the assistance of an electrical a contraption right at your table then you are given a pile of delicious Chinese spices to dip them into. They are very moreish indeed, and we couldn’t cook them fast enough in the beginning. The sides with the skewers are very simple peanuts, kimchi style radish, and the Chinese pickles. I would have loved it if they had included the tofu ribbons too but I can live without them. I didn’t notice until the end, but they also have an extra menu of side dishes which you can purchase separately, there were a couple of dishes like fried eggplant that I will certainly try next time.
You get a 2 hour limit and in less than that time we made it through 5 rounds, much to the chagrin of the surly waitress. Lamb skewers are one of my favourite dishes to eat, the tender chunks of fatty meat work so well with the mix of spices. With a a couple of Cass beers (4,000) they are the perfect food to share with friends. Overall I was very happy with this place, the variety you get for the price is pretty unbelievable and we all had an epic night. I plan to return very soon with TFB, who was very sad to miss out on attending.
청도 is located at 90-10 Garwol-Dong, Yongsan-Gu, Seoul. To get there take a train to Sookmyung Women’s University Station (line 4) and come out of exit 7. Walk straight and you will see 청도 just ahead on the right hand side. For more information you can call them on 02-702-7033.