Akbari – 악바리 (Seocho-gu, Seoul, South Korea)
Akbari (악바리) is a bar/restaurant situated within walking distance of Gangnam station. The dimly lit interior provides ample space for customers and boasts a traditional design with paper lanterns and empty egg cartons adorning the walls. It seems to be a popular spot among young adults and teenagers who come here to enjoy drinks and food.
Nestled amidst nearby clubs and several karaoke shops, this restaurant is likely more appealing to partygoers and regular drinkers. During our visit, the place was bustling, but we managed to secure a secluded spot at the back of the restaurant for our group. The bar exuded a vibrant atmosphere and was abuzz with large groups sitting at adjacent tables. The entire menu was in Korean, and the staff’s English proficiency was limited, indicating its primary focus on the local clientele.
Even though we were a sizable group of friends, we opted for only three dishes from their menu: 악바리 허니갈릭 치킨 (Akbari Honey Garlic Chicken), 악바리 매운양념 치킨 (Akbari Spicy Yangnyeom Chicken), and 잔지 소갈비찜 (Galbijjim). To complement the ambiance, we also ordered some alcoholic beverages.
The Akbari Honey Garlic Chicken (악바리 허니갈릭 치킨) was a standout among the best chicken dishes we’ve tried in Korea. It struck the perfect balance between sweet and savory flavours, and the chicken’s crispiness was spot on. The inclusion of garlic cloves in the dish added a unique twist, aligning with our choice of honey garlic-flavoured chicken.
On the flip side, the Akbari Spicy Yangnyeom Chicken (악바리 매운양념 치킨) turned out to be a tad too spicy for our palates. We underestimated the heat levels and found ourselves unable to consume much, if anything at all, leaving it to the side.
The Galbijjim was a simple yet hearty stew with potatoes and carrots, making it an ideal selection for a chilly day. It served as a pleasant counterpoint to the Yangnyeom Chicken, devoid of spiciness. The portion sizes were decent, just right for our group of six. However, if you have a heartier appetite, I’d recommend ordering more, though the three dishes sufficed for us.
As is customary, we were served Seaweed soup (미역국), a nice, simple, and complementary dish to accompany our meal.
Address: 11 Seocho-daero 77-gil, Seocho-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Phone: +82 2-3482-3080