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“Quite an extensive menu, almost all of it is "good" to "great".” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Zelen

Zelen
Ranked #177 of 122,429 Restaurants in Seoul
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: Itaewon
Seoul, South Korea
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14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Quite an extensive menu, almost all of it is "good" to "great".”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2014

Typically, when I'm with a friend who isn't too familiar with Itaewon and the restaurants within, after some wandering I typically recommend Zelen. It can be hard to get seated without a reservation. So if you're planning to go, I recommend calling first.

The interior is pleasant, but nothing stands out as too authentic or spectacular. What is spectacular are some of their great dishes. One of my favorites is the spinach stuffed chicken... and I'm not even a huge fan of spinach! Other stuffed meat dishes are good as well. The curry is pretty decent, and several of their appetizers are divine. One complaint is that I have on a few rare occasions found the meat to be a little bit dry. Usually there's some kind of sauce that is included with the meat, and it doesn't upset me much that it's not quite as tender/juicy as I was hoping.

It's a great date place if that's what you're after. I've also been here for many large gatherings of 10-20 friends, and each time I was satisfied with what I ordered or tasted from other friends' dishes.

In a nutshell: Zelen comes "Recommended!"

  • Visited November 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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1 Thank Chris G
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Karachi, Pakistan
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61 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Bulgarian Food in Seoul is the Best!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2013

Zelen's is a great place to eat in Seoul. The Bulgarian food tastes just like Sofia. The atmosphere is fanatastic and the staff, who are from Bulgarian are outstanding. The pork, that is stuff with veggies and cheese is my favorite. They have great house wine and the prices are very good. My husband and I can eat, drink and be merry for less than 100$!

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank ShannieKay
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Denver, Colorado
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82 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“my favorite lunch spot”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 17, 2013

I live close to Hannam dong and like coming here for lunch. This is not the Itaewon location, but he Hannam-dong one. It reminds me of home, with the soups and the generous salad bar. The spinach chicken is delicious, and also the meatloaf with pickles inside is quite good, although on the heavy side. Portions are generous and the waiters are attentive without being intrusive. I have never been there for dinner, but might try it one of these days.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Ana B
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Geoje, South Korea
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great Introduction to Bulgarian Food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 17, 2013

The seafood salad and vegetarian moussaka was excellent. The Bulgarian meatballs was a bit salty but suprisingly moist. Excellent atmosphere and great for dates. Be sure to make reservations if you are going to dine here on Sat or Sun. Going back shortly and looking forward to it.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank KingDrudge
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Oslo, Norway
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7 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Traditional Bulgarian cuisine”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 23, 2013

The food was really good, the service as well. Also I liked the decoration - made me feel a bit homesick. As a Bulgarian I can say if you like that food come and visit Bulgaria - if you think it's too far - ah well that's just as close as you can get to the real deal when abroad

Visited June 2013
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