I believe that Hongdae is already added on your travel-list when you are traveling in Seoul. If you are looking for a cost-effective Korean grill, all you can eat samgyeopsal can be your dinner menu! I will share my AYCE Korean BBQ list to all of you reading this blog. There are pork and beef option restaurants, so pay attention for some pro tips from local Korean edition who loves pork and beef.
Speaking of sampyeopsal all-you-can-eat in South Korea, the first thing everyone would think of is Ungteori Meats. There is also a branch in Hongdae, but I don't go as often due to different pricing systems for each branch around Korea.
Ungteori Meats simply serves sampyeopsal pork and pork neck. I personally love their thickness of the samgyeopsal! They are significantly delicious compared to other restaurants.
Soybean paste soup is an additional complimentary side at Ungteori Meats. When you finish the soup, you can refill them by yourself. This restaurant is a safe card if you crave some samgyeopsal. Creatrip members can get a 5% discount if they present their coupon.
Address: 서울 마포구 어울마당로 118
118 Eoulmadang-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul
Price: ₩14,800 (per person)
Hours: 11:00 - 23:00
The price has been increased from ₩19,800 to ₩20,800
MUSSO is located in the business district in Hongdae, and this is my recent number one AYCE BBQ place in Hongdae. The quality of the meat is good; not frozen at least! If you get sick of eating beef after a while, you can also order grilled sausages set. I chose the beef set, (with an increased price of ₩20,800), and I found this more than enough.
But the more cunning thing is that sauces, side dishes, and lettuces need to add ₩ 500 extra, so in fact, it costs ₩ 21,300 per person. Although there are not so many of differences, I feel like they are being too cheap.
Overall, the quality of the beef wasn't as bad! Galbi was my favorite. There's another AYCE option which costs ₩ 23,800 that includes beef, shrimp, and yukhoe (steak tartare). Please note that the sauce and side vegetables are extra ₩500 per person, and the vent fan won't be turned on during the winter. The smokey smell is very strong and your body will get sticky very easily.
Address：서울 마포구 잔다리로 10
10 Jandari-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul
Price：₩20,800 (per person) + ₩500 self-service bar
₩23,800 (per person, beef, shrimp, yukhoe)
In addition to the huge branch in Sinchon, there is also a branch in Hongdae. If you want something besides samgyupsal, this is the place to go!
The pork galbi was huge and deliciously grilled with a slightly sweet marinade. It doesn't make you feel greasy at all once you eat it. If you visit, I also highly recommend the steamed eggs, which are definitely worth the extra 2,000 won!
They also have a lunch set menu as well. Normally, you eat the pork galbi until you're almost full and order the beef galbi or samgyupsal separately.
Address: 서울 마포구 어울마당로 151-1
151 Eoulmadang-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul
Price: 12,000 won per person
The price is not the cheapest here, but the quality is the best among the list here. If you are planning on drinking, you can add ₩4,900 for unlimited drinks! It's very cost-effective since one bottle of soju is ₩4,000.
1988 Meat is recommended because the restaurant serves more than just pork; they offer options of chicken, pork skin, and other different types of meat for AYCE. The staff will help you grilling for the first few minutes, which is another perk!
And the side dishes options are very diverse; there is spaghetti and rice for complimentary service. If you would like to eat different types of sides and meat, you must come here for the BBQ! In addition, I love their unlimited drinks option, so if you are a huge alcohol lover while you eat BBQ, visit here!
For your future reference, you must go to the front counter for more meat, and they will prep them for you. Tableware, side dishes are self-service, just like any other AYCE BBQ places! If you still aren't full to death finishing the meal, you can also make your own fried rice there too.
Address：서울 마포구 와우산로17길 14
14 Wusan-ro 17, Mapo-gu, Seoul
Price：Weekdays lunch ₩9,900, Weekdays dinner and weekends ₩12,900 (per person)
Hours：12:00 - 23:00
It is considered cost-effective for all you can eat restaurant. If you are also a fried chicken lover, there's another plan for chicken all you can eat too.
My all-time favorite is thin pork belly slices. They get cooked quickly and easily to garnish with other vegetables. Dwe-ji-sang-hwe also offers miso soup which goes very well with thin pork belly.
Although the meat is frozen, samgyupsal will be sliced in advance for you to eat them faster. There are many types of veggies served in the restaurant; for those who like to eat a variety of lettuce and meat must visit this Dwe-ji-sang-hwe.
To conclude, I enjoyed the chicken the best among different types of meat. The restaurant can get a bit smokey with strong smell, so make sure to ask for a plastic bag to avoid your purse smelling like BBQ.
Address: 서울 마포구 홍익로5안길 28
28 Hongik-ro 5an-gil, Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul
Price: 13,900 won/person (Set A, AYCE meat)
15,400 won/person (Set B, AYCE meat, chicken)
17,900 won/person (Set F, AYCE meat, chicken, naengmyun, rice, beverages)
Hours: 11:30 - 00:00