Miss Lee Cafe (별다방 미스리)

Friday, 22 August 2014

[South Korea, Seoul] This restaurant post has been looooong overdue. :) But today, I'm still going to be talking about it. I simply love this place's kimchi and I would recommend you try it. 'We Got Married' fans may also know this place very well.... YES.
I'm going to share on Miss Lee Cafe (별다방 미스리)! *Wheee~* I make my way to the Anguk (안국) branch, because I visited Ssamziegil (쌈지길) just before this. Already, you see their branding of Miss Lee, widely recognised by the doll-like figurine (supposedly to be the Miss Lee doll).
Directions to the cafe at the end of the post.

So on my way up to the restaurant / cafe, I notice all these cute graphics, leading you from first floor to their restaurant. 

And of course, somewhere on the way up, you'll see a lonely Miss Lee doll seated by herself. What do you do? Take a photo with her of course!

I just love this graphic, near their cashier counter. :)
One more I did like was this one - which can be visually punny - like how Mr Lee approves of Miss Lee's food? LOL.
미스리 도시락 짱 맛있어~!!
Once you're in, just find a seat. Each table has a menu on it.
A humble looking, homely menu.
Feel free to leave your note here. :)
I'm sorry that I have to notice stuff like this, but Singaporeans might find their cafe staff's outfit very familiar... Make a guess, though.
et's now talk about the food. Here, you'll be having your meal the South Korean school kid way - like how they bring a lunchbox to school and have it for lunchtime. That's what Miss Lee Cafe is famous for. All meals come in a metal box with the ingredients nicely segregated for you.
So this is how it will be served (ignore the bowl of kimchi):
1. Tin metal box
2. Hot (lovely) Soup
3. Water
1 set costs 6,000won.
The reason why I'm having an extra huge bowl of kimchi is because PJ doesn't eat kimchi. And so, for her meal, she took out all the kimchi, and thus missing out on all the fun. *boooo*
Anyway, I did eat mine the correct way, which they will clearly state on the menu.
Step 1 - See that all your ingredients are laid out correctly.
Step 2 - Close the metal tin cover and hold it tightly
Step 3 - Start to shake your metal tin like a mad person. (Tip: don't hold it too loosely as some liquid started coming out as I was shaking it.)
Step 4 - Open the metal tin, lightly give it a little shake.
Step 5 - ENJOY. :)
After shaking the metal box, here's how your ingredients will look like once you open it.
All nicely jumbled!! YAY!! Don't we all love to mess up our food? :)
I simply love the taste of their kimchi. When visiting South Korea, everyone should just visit Miss Lee Cafe at least once just to enjoy a lovely, simple local meal. ;) I can't wait to have this again when I visit Seoul this December! *Can't wait already*
Directions to Miss Lee Cafe (Anguk Branch):
1. Take the train to Anguk Station (안국역) – Line 3, exit 6
2. Walk near the tourist information booth at Insadong. Very near it, there is a GS25 convenience store.
3. Look up and see a cute doll-like girl figurine sitting above the GS25 sign. The cafe is at 2nd floor! Just above the convenience store. :)
Here's a map for the Anguk branch which I took from their namecard.
Here, I put some landmarks for your reference, click on the picture to enlarge! :)
Location:
Seoul, Jongno-gu Gwanhun-dong 144, Level 2
Tel: 02-739-0939
URL: www.missleecafe.com (Website is in Korean)
My Ratings (the higher the score, the better it is!)
Food: 4.2 / 5
Ambience: 4.2 / 5
Bang for your buck (Value): 4 / 5
Service: 4/ 5