Kusina: A Filipino Restaurant in Seoul
I love Korean food but there are times when I just want to eat Filipino food. Luckily, Filipino food is a staple whenever I meet with my friends. I have tried eating at Hyewha-dong but it isn’t a place I would bring my husband to. He loves shrimp sinigang!
About a month ago, a Filipina living here in Korea (Mrs. Angelie Sawyer) recommended a newly-opened restaurant in Haebangcheon (Noksapyeong Stn – line 6). The name is “Kusina”, a Filipino restaurant in Seoul. They serve Filipino dishes in a Filipino themed place.
I didn’t have a hard time finding the place. I just got off Noksapyeong station on line 6 and exit at gate 2. I walked for about 350 meters and found the restaurant on the left side of the road at the second floor of a three-story building. The outside is painted white with the name “Kusina” in light blue. The entrance to the restaurant is at the side of the building.
When I entered the building, I was greeted warmly by its proprietress. I was their only customer at 2 o’clock in the afternoon on a weekday. The interior of the restaurant is decorated with native Filipino ornaments. The menu is inside a “banig” folder. The place mats and seat covers are all of “banig” material as well.
All around the restaurant are souvenirs from the Philippines – wooden spoons hanging on the wall, golden jeeps on one table, as well as seashells used as decorations.
Honestly, I had a hard time ordering. I wanted to try all the food in the menu. A dish includes a serving of rice. I ordered beef kare-kare for 8,900 won plus a glass of mango shake for 3,000 won. Needless to say, I finished everything! That says a lot!
I would bring my husband or my in-laws to the restaurant to try on some Filipino dishes. My father-in-law has been bugging me for years about Filipino food. Before Kusina, there wasn’t a Filipino restaurant decent enough for me to bring my Korean family to.
I’m going back to Kusina one of these days. The place is clean and the interior reminds me of home. The food is tasty and priced just right. Best of all, they accept credit cards ;p
To get there, take the subway to Noksapyeong station on line 6. Exit out of gate 2 and walk straight for about 350 meters. The restaurant would be on the left side. Can’t miss it!