Mapo-Naru - traditional Korean food & makgeoli restaurant

We headed to MAPO-NARU in Mapo for our adieu 2012 dinner.

This restaurant serves traditional Korean food from "jeon" to "spicy Korean chicken stew".  It was my first time there and I've only heard good things about this place from my hubs who frequent this place with his buddies for makgeoli.

We ordered the "hong-uh" (skate fish) and "bossam" set and "gool-jeon"(oyster-pancakes). 

They served the basic side dishes and "dwen-jang" soup for each of us.

mapo naru restaurant seoul korea bossam skate
a richer "dwenjang" side soup - a tad bit on the salty side

We got their "house" makgeoli - I can't recall what it was called.. 

mapo naru restaurant seoul korea bossam skate
makgeoli - sweet and rich

Here comes the "set" of bossam and honguh.

mapo naru restaurant seoul korea bossam skate
bossam on the bottom, top right is the "honguh"

It was a very well put together "set".  However, the bossam was a bit drier than I wanted them to be.. but at least the whole combination of flavors was perfect.  The "honguh"(skate) is not the fermented kind here.  It was sweet and chewy. 

I added some fresh garlic in my "ssam" and it was rather appropriate, especially with the strong, but tasty "honguh".  

mapo naru restaurant seoul korea bossam skate
view to the entrance of restaurant - there are "rooms" if you like to sit "Indian style"

The restaurant is usually packed and loud - so my husband says.  But it was a quieter night for a New Year's Eve and actually pretty perfect for us to actually be able to talk without having to raise our voices.

I really like the traditional look of the restaurant.  It is clean and modern all at the same time.  The service is fair.  There's a "call button" on the tables - which is a plus. 

Prices are not quite cheap - let's say not a "good value".  The food is good - but I wouldn't go out of my way to eat there.  The "set" we got was around 30,000won and is good for 2.5 servings.  The "gool jeon" was 14,000won.  I appreciated the food - but I wouldn't visit this place just for the food.  The atmosphere makes up for the "lil bit expensive" price.   But I would defintely recommend this place for "gatherings" and visitors :)


Get off exit 3 of Mapo station (line 5, purple color).  Walk about 2 blocks.  Pass by Seoul Garden Hotel and you will come across Mapo Acrotower building on your right and a small escalator going down to an underground arcade.  Enter the underground arcade and the restaurant is on your right.

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