Some of the top comments we receive whenever we ask you where we should go for our WANKing adventures are definitely for us to go to a Celebrity Restaurant/Coffee Shop. We finally looked into it! And, fortunately for us, we planned on going to Garosu-gil anyways, so why not check out SE7EN’s Chicken restaurant while we’re at it? Score!

Anyhow, we’ve been to Garuso-Gil many times before, if you remember our old video about Getting Custom Made Clothes in Korea (and that shop is still there). We also recently did our interview with Clazzi there as well…but we didn’t tell you guise that.

Garuso-gil literally means “tree-lined road” since it’s lined with tall lean ginkgo trees that are gorgeous in the spring and summer, but it’s also known as the Paris of Korea. There is a heavy feeling of French influence regarding food style, but we think it’s more the Korean-version-of-Europe-of-Korea…that doesn’t sound as catchy does it? Well, the reason we say that is because the restaurants and cafes aren’t just focused on French style food, but more the vibe of a quaint but classy cobble stone lane lined with bright shops, rich tasting food, and very stylish people. It’s a really cool area with a great vibe, lots of unique trendy shops, and cute restaurants and cafes that you can’t really find anywhere else.

Unfortunately, we were really disappointed this time around to see a lot of our favourite little shops closed down and covered with huge construction signs taking up a block, telling us that Zara is coming soon! Oh boy! ANOTHER ZARA in Korea. Now this is nothing against Zara or the huge Forever 21 (Martina hides in the earring section for hours touching everything) which is also new to Garuso-gil, it’s just that, with the Apujong name brand shopping district right around the corner, why do we need another area with clones of everything that we can find in any common mall in Korea? It’s starting to become a bit too corporatized, with the emergence of lots of stores that you can find EVERYWHERE else. We like Garosu-gil for being different. Sure, it’s more pricey here, but it’s not overrun by franchise makeup and coffee shops that you see at every subway station. Now it seems like more of these are creeping in. Seriously, Mister Donut? Why would I want to go to Garosu-Gil to eat donuts by candlelight? That’s lame! Try to avoid these name brand shops if you come to visit Garosu-gil because you’ll be able to find them easily and you’re not missing out. Instead, we recommend googling Garosu-gil and scrubbing through some blogs to get a good idea of the hidden gems you can find.

Otherwise, going to SE7EN’s Chicken Restaurant was pretty cool. We’re big fans of Jjimdak to begin with, even if we don’t know how to explain in English how to pronounce it. How does and English speaker who doesn’t know Korean learn how to pronounce double J? Luckily our Korean friends have beat it into us, so we’ll forever know the difference between “j” and “jj”. Back to the chicken! Delicious. Like, really really Onew-from-SHINee-finger licking good. Some jjimdak places really overcook the chicken so you’re hacking at it with your little blunt chopsticks trying hard not to just pick it up like a barbarian or…dare I say…DOTHRAKI MAN WARRIOR!!!! PLus, we like spicy food a lot. The bigger the burn the better. Jjimdak is really spicy, and thus, we like jjimdak. So be warned: if you’re coming to SE7EN’s restaurant because you want to be close to something related to SE7EN, better if you come here to look rather than to eat.

On a side note, how do you pronounce SE7EN? Sehseh Venen? Sounds like a yoga position: “and now, breathe deeply, and bend down, and grab your ankles into a Sehseh Venen. Feel your chakra oozing through your armpits” (sorry, we don’t know Yoga lingo very much).

Also, this is going to be our last video of the week. We usually do a random weekend video during our non-TLDR weeks, but – ahem – FRIDAY IS SIMON’S BIRTHDAY! So we’re spending our weekend doing birthday stuff instead of work stuff. Sorry guise! Until then, here are some bloopers! Se7en was nice enough to walk around the restaurant and give everyone high fives and handshakes…but we didn’t get that on camera…battery too low. SORRRRRRYYYYY!!!!!

 

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