Last week, I headed back to one of my favourite restaurants in Haebangchon, McCoy’s. It has always been one of my absolute favourite spots to eat and I’ve always had wonderful food and service when visiting. As any good restaurant should, they update their menu seasonally to make the most of the locally sourced ingredients they use in their dishes. I was lucky enough to be invited to come and try the new menu, which is available until the end of September, after that they will switch it out for the Autumnal one.
McCoy’s is a small neighbourhood bistro ran by Chef Dennis and his lovely wife. Dennis trained at the Cordon Bleu in France, so the food had a European feel with a Korean flair. The dishes are always plated in the most beautiful way, while still tasting lick the plate clean good. I have been many times over the years which you can read about here, and here.
The first dish we started with was the Burrata with Gazpacho (14,000). The dish consisted of burrata with melon and apricot and a separate jar of pureed smooth gazpacho soup which you add to the dish. This was so light and refreshing for the hot weather. The creamy cheese and the sweet fruity melon and tomatoes made a match made in heaven. To me it was the ideal starter. To wash this down we were given a bottle of the Sparkling Pinot Grigio which is currently on discount from 50,000 to 35,000 if you buy a main seafood dish. This was delightful, and really set the tone for the evening, it was light and fruity without being too dry or sweet, the perfect summer bubbly and a great price.
Our main course was the Spicy Spatchcock Chicken (22,000). This dish also comes with a 1+1 beer pairing, so two Red Rock beers for 6,000. This was like a super fancy take on chimaek (치맥). I’m sure it would be super popular with their Korean customers. The chicken was cut up into small shareable pieces, and was coated in a super spicy glaze. It also came with grilled veggies. We both loved the flavour of the chicken, but I was glad I had the beer to wash it down with as it was a little on the hot side.
For our main course we ate the Cod Fillet with Honey Aioli Sauce (23,000). Myself and my date for the evening are not big fish eaters but we both absolutely adored this. The cod was nice and firm yet light at the same time, and the honey aioli was orgasmic. It was sweet but not overly so, I wanted to lick the plate clean. There was also a tomato salsa which helped cut through the creamy and sweet sauce. It was delicious. This is one of the dishes that comes with the discount bottle of the Sparkling Pinot Grigio, so it is not to be missed.
Overall I had another amazing meal at McCoy’s, Chef Dennis is so talented and always blows me away with his creativity. This place is such a gem and I really don’t think it gets enough love. It is the perfect place to go for a great meal for any occasion, and in my opinion one of the best places in the neighbourhood to eat. If you’ve yet to go, it is well worth checking out.
McCoy’s is located at 1 Sinheung-ro 12 gil, Yongsan gu, Seoul. To get there take a train to Noksapyeong Station and come out of exit 2. Walk straight to the end of the road, then take the road baring left and walk straight past the Kimchi Pots. McCoy’s is located at the very end of the HBC road just past Woori Mart, it’s just up ahead in the right hand corner. For more information you can call them on 070-8872-9292 or check out their facebook page.