Dokkokji (Jamsil store)
Dokkokji, originally located in Mapo, is a stone pot rice specialty restaurant that expanded to Jamsil in 2021.
It's not familiar to me, but a well-known chef named Choi Yun-seok runs this restaurant. Since the main location was closed for renovations, I booked a table at the KT Songpa Tower location in Jamsil.
It's conveniently close to Jamsil Station's Exit 10. As this was my first time here, I got a little lost, but I eventually figured out that I needed to park at KT Tower and then head up to the second floor of the Sofitel Ambassador Seoul Hotel.
Dokkokji (Jamsil) was larger than expected, and two teams were waiting in front of us when we arrived.
Premium Soju (Korean rice liquor) including "Ilpoom Jinro" and "Hwayo" cost 33,000 won, and Heineken draft beer was also on offer.
Bowls and soy sauce for rice were on the table.
For an additional 11,000 won, you can add grilled mackerel to any of the top four representative dishes. (Grilled Geumtae 70,000 Won / Grilled Jeju Eungalchi 39,000 Won)
About 10 minutes later, seaweed, miso soup, butter, and steamed eggs accompanied the Sotbap (stone pot rice). You can have white kimchi, seaweed, and salted octopus as side dishes.
Domi Sotbap 27,000 won
He ordered Domi Sotbap (snapper pot rice), which is topped with snapper fish that has been matured in salt for 12 hours.
Dokkokji's specialty is seasonal pot rice, which is cooked with the freshest seasonal ingredients like clams, wild mushrooms, and oysters. They also provide Jaeyuk bokkeum (stir-fried pork), and grilled fish. The pricey Geumtae fish is a great option if you're looking for something special.
Jeonbok Sotbap 27,000 won
I went with the Jeonbok Sotbap (abalone pot rice), which came with perfectly cooked abalone on top. It was a little disappointing that there wasn't more seafood, but I've found that to be the case at most pot rice places, not just Dokkokji.
In addition to abalone, sweet potato, pumpkin, green onion, and seaweed are also included. Butter gives it a deeper flavor but eating it without it tastes healthier.
Both the Jeonbok (abalone) and Domi (snapper) pot rice were wonderful and without any noticeable fishy aftertaste. Dokkokji here was the greatest I've had, beating out other pot rice places in Anguk, Ikseon, and Seongsu I have visited.
Nurungji (crunchy rice poured with tea) with seafood can often taste fishy, but this place's version was so delicious that I finished every grain.
You can get a private room for 90 minutes for an extra 20,000 won.
After lunch, we stopped by the Gelati Gelati in the same building for some gelato and coffee. The lunch was so enjoyable that I wish to return to the Dokkokji main store in Mapo once it reopens.
Address : 2F, 29-1 Sincheon-dong, Songpa-gu, Seoul OPEN GOOGLE MAP
Phone : +82-2-422-0431
Operation Hours : Monday-Sunday : 11:00 - 21:20 (break 15:00 -17:00)
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Writer : dubong_e
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