Lotte Mapo City Hotel is located within walking distance (about 5-10 minutes) from the apartment we stayed during our time in Seoul. Besides the cafes selling coffee, a couple of shops, eateries/restaurants and a Lotte Supermart located below, there is also a rice café (selling rice and porridge of course). The name of the place, based on the photos that I took, is literally porridge and bibimbap café. It’s a cozy little café that serves up a variety of porridge, bibimbaps, mandos (Korean style dumplings) and other yummilicious foods!
|Even the wooden tables are engrave with the cafe's name!|
|It's not very big, but it is not cramped either. It was bustling with the lunch crowd too!|
|So many types of porridge!|
|My delicious seafood porridge! :) It was nice and more flavorful than the porridge DramaQueen had.|
|DramaQueen's ginseng chicken porridge. It had a really strong taste of ginseng!|
Now, I am not really a porridge person; in fact, I hardly ever finish a bowl of porridge completely. However, the Korean porridge has won me over (I think it’s going to be the only porridge I’d eat everything of). The bowl in which the porridge was served in was pretty substantial and I (even) finished the whole thing (which is truly a surprise)! The porridge came with some sides (banchan) like kimchi and a cup of chilled water; both of which are refillable and complimentary.
|Cold water and serviettes|
The second time was for the bibimbap, which like its porridge counterpart has a generous serving and equally satisfying. An extra egg costs an extra 500 won, which is well worth the price for that something extra.
|Colorful mandos! They were a little too strong with meat flavor (minimum of seasonings) but over all not too bad.|
|Cozy homey ambiance|