Five Senses Noodles
Gangnam! Home of style, incredible dance moves and apparently some of the more chic eating and drinking options in the city.
Having taken the tuneful Metro south of the river once more, I was soon in the grip of many flyerers – mainly charmingly smiling middle-aged women – which gave me fleeting nostalgia for Edinburgh in August. The women were seeking your custom for the many places along the bustling alley of cafes, restaurants and bars along Samseong-ro.
I was in aimless wandering mood but soon spied a crowd going into a place that barely looked like a place and had no sign of any concession to English script or language. Indeed it took me a few exchanged messages to my team of Korean translators to establish the place is called Five Senses Noodles.
I entered at around 11.45am; by 12noon they were queueing for tables. It was, it seemed, a popular place.
The battalion of waitresses stared at me sympathetically for a while pointing at the menu and saying ‘menu’. Eventually, one of them took to their phone and showed me some pictures.
My first choice was not met with approval so we went with my (her) second, which was chicken noodle soup served in a very similar way to the kalgaksu I’d had a Myeongdong Kyoja.
There was the ubiquitous kimchi, of course, with a veritable mountain of pickled radish atop the more conventional pickled cabbage. It was really good.
The noodle soup arrived in a bountiful portion that steamed with considerable heat. Topped with shredded chicken pieces this was hearty and restorative stuff. I got a large amount of noodle splatter in my beard but relatively little down my shirt for a very pleasing change.
The diamond waitress even brought me a little portion of what I take was kongguksu, the dish that I’d initially chosen but had been rejected for me. I was pretty full so didn’t eat much of it but I enjoyed it and would happily have eaten a bowlful.
So overall, I enjoyed my visit to Five Senses Noodles. I was looked after in very fine style despite my language shortcomings. The appetite of Korean people in general to good-naturedly put up with my blankly pleading smiles has been quite wondrous and has been a key part of Seoul being one of my favourite stops so far. Give this place a look next time this sort of noodly joy sounds appealing.
Blythe scores Five Senses
4/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
4.5/5 for service
3.5/5 for setting
giving an overall 15.5/20
I ate: erm…chicken noodle soup, kimchi
I drank: water
I wore: action shorts
Total bill: 8000 won