While the world’s biggest department store isn’t short of places to grab a bite, you can grab a high quality meal that won’t break the bank.
The basement of Shinsegae has a ton of food options that are sure to tempt any hungry diner. With a choice of Korea, Thai, Japanese, Indian, Chinese and Italian or even Johnny Rockets, you’ll be sure to find something that satisfies your palate. It may be hard to find a seat during peak hours, but for the value, it’s almost always worth the wait.
If you can make it through the maze of bakeries, specialty shops and desserts and want to give the restaurants a go, it may be hard to select from all the smells coming from the kitchens.
With that, here’s six great places to grab a quick meal in the Shinesegae store basement food court.
Sujebi, a noodle soup made with handmade dough is a traditional favorite among Koreans. It’s similar to kalguksu, though it uses hand torn noodles rather than wheat flakes.
Nampo Sujebi serves four types in addition to bibim guksu, kimchi naeng guksu, tuna or beef ju meok bap (rice balls) or chungmu kimbap.
Prices range from 5,500 won to 8,900 won.
Tan Tan Noodle Kitchen
Tan Tan Noodle Kitchen doesn’t offer much with really only three choices to choose from, but it does what it does well. The spicy Tan Tan Myun noodle soup is sure to please, but expect a long line as they are usually very busy.
Prices range from 8,000 won to 9,000 won and includes rice.
Since it transplanted from Nampo-dong a few years back, its menu has become smaller, but it’s still a favorite for fans of quick Thai food. You can enjoy a delicious phad thai, pineapple fried rice, traditional Thai curries or our favorite, the tomyum fried rice.
Prices range from 9,000 to 13,000 won.
Pal Sun Saeng
One of the hardest places to get a seat at daily, Pal Sun Saeng is known for their Taiwanese-style fried noodles and fried rice dishes made right before you. The concept is simple — you order from pork, chicken, seafood or jjajang — self-serve yourself with a ton of vegetables and give your plate to the chef to cook it in front of you on a cast iron plate. You can make it spicy or tell them to tone it down if that’s not your thing. You can also have fried rice instead of noodles if that’s what you prefer.
Prices range from 7,500 to 8,500 won for rice and 9,900 won to 12,900 for the noodles.
With eight kinds of bibimbap to choose from, Myungga is the champion of the food court. You can choose from the famous Jeonju bibimbap, pork, tuna, beef or vegetable bibimbap and two kinds of dolsot bibimbap, one which includes octopus.
Prices range mostly around 8,000 to 9,000 won but you can splurge and go for the 13,000 Yang Pooni bibimbap which come in the large, stainless bowl for 13,000 won.
Specializing in shabu shabu, they offer four choices with beef — with either vegetables, ssambap, or curry — in individual portions. Its fresh taste and kelp broth with great dips adds even more flavor to the dish.
It’s always packed so getting a seat in a group is going to be a little difficult.
Prices range from 9,500 to 11,500 won.
Location: Basement food court of Shinsegae Mall, Centum City
Open: 10:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. (last order 7:30)
Getting there: Subway Line 2, Centum City Exit