I know that it’s starting to get cold, and most of you are more in the mood for soup than salad, but I really wanted to share this place with you that I visited back in September before my last trip away. I was spending the day exploring one of the coolest neighbourhoods in town, Yeonnam-dong, and was looking for something filling and healthy to eat; when my lunch companion suggested that we try out Salad Brothers.
Located on the Main Street, the restaurant is located on the second floor, affording lovely views of what some see as the ‘park’. I have to quote that word as it’s basically a strip of grass in between two roads but I guess you have to take what you can get when it comes to outdoor space in this city. The place is decorated in forest green and wood panelling which seems to be synonymous with the health food ethos.
The menu is filled with a decent selection of ready to make salad bowls. Whilst there isn’t a do it yourself option per se, all salads can be tailored to suit your tastes. A feature of which my vegetarian and somewhat fussy dining companion took full advantage of. I tend to get overwhelmed at these things and just went for the first one that popped out at me, which was the Mexicana (9,900). This salad consists of cilantro, avocado, black beans, Mexican cheese, tortilla chips, red onion, chicken, cherry tomato, bell pepper, corn, mixed greens, and chipotle dressing. I liked this salad, especially the dressing, it is a bit different to the ones i usually make at home. I was also lucky enough to score the chicken from my friends salad (which she had on the side) making it very filling. No wonder I was too full for dessert later that day.
My companion ordered the Quinoa Avocado (9,900). This was a mix of quinoa, avocado, spinach, mixed greens, chicken, cucumber, red onion, tomato, ricotta, and garlic vinaigrette. She also added apple for an extra 750 won. This was definitely the healthier salad of the two and it had a great mix of ingredients and textures. While she isn’t always easy to please, she really enjoyed it. Being in Hongdae, the prices were definitely on the lower end of the scale. While 10,000 won isn’t cheap for a salad by any means, most places of this style tend to charge several dollars more than this for the same thing.
Overall we enjoyed our salads. They were tasty and filling and fairly priced. Yeonnam itself is a great spot to hang out in, and there are a lot of places to eat. However if you are in the mood for something light and healthy, check out Salad Brothers.
Salad Brothers is located at 15 Yanghwa-ro 21-gil, Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul. To get there take a train to Hongdae Station (line 2) and come out of exit 3. walk straight along this road. you will see Salad Bros a little way up ahead on the floor on the right hand side. For more information you can call them on 02-337-2298 or check out their Instagram account. They are open from 11:30am – 9:00pm Mon-Sat, and closed on Sundays.