Address: Seoul-si Jongno-gu Gwanhun-dong 73-1
Directions: Line 3, Anguk station, exit 6. Go straight about 100 meters, then left turn into the Insadong main street (Insadong-gil). Walk around 120 meters, and the restaurant will be on your left side. About a 7 minute walk from exit 6.
You can read more about the restaurant at the Korea Tourism site.
I was shopping around Insadong and needed to find a place to eat. So I flipped open one of my travel books and found this place. It’s very easy to find, amongst all of the souvenir shops on the main Insadong street. The restaurant itself is pretty small, but service was really fast. Tobang serves great traditional Korean food, including many different stews (kimchi, dried pollack, doenjang, etc). Take off your shoes before being seated on the floor cushions!
The simple (and yes, multi-lingual) menu. Prices are really reasonable. I think the kimchi jiggae is the most popular dish here – saw a lot of people eating that.
The side dishes were all really good – there’s the usual kimchi, seaweed salad, marinated mushrooms. There was even marinated raw crab! The crab meat was sweet and succulent, while balanced by the hot spices. Yummy! You can ask for free refills on the side dishes and rice (except for the marinated raw crab).
My doenjang jiggae (aka Korean miso stew) came boiling hot. It was a tad spicy (there was a lot of jalapenos in the soup), but really hit the spot on a cold day. The stew had tofu and vegetables. Only W5,500 (US $5.50)