This trip allowed me to learn something new about my MD. That he, is also a big time foodie fella! As our meeting venue is at Lotte Hotel, and the Myeongdong shopping district was just across the road, we were in luck to have this dinner meal with our big boss, who raved about how good Maple Tree House was.
We left the ordering to the expert. The side dishes seemed boring. But boy oh boy, they did make really good kimchi. If I wasn’t sick (with the whole fever, flu, sore throat, cough package) I’d think my gluttony appetite would have soared up the roof.
The colour of the charcoal tells you how good the food was going to be. Gorgeous shades of red and grey. The heat from this thing was pretty intense, coupled with my fever.
The Sam geop sal, was also one of the freshest and prettiest I’ve seen in a long while. Tummy juices running wild as we watched these delicious strips of porkylicious goodness grilling over the pot of charcoal.
Today! Damn, they were yums! And to think it was barely marinated. I was never let down by the freshness of South Korea’s meat. I don’t blame my Korean friends who reside in Malaysia and sometimes declining some meat dishes served here since they get good quality meat in most places in Korea, whilst we don’t get good quality meat in many places.
The biggest highlight of Maple Tree House was the beef. Shizers. The Beef. The bomb. The kaboom. The fireworks. Speechless. By far the best beef I had besides Mitsui in Taipei.
Teeheehee. 1/3 of the patrons on our table do not take beef. I could tell the 2/3 including me, were going all out taking the extra portions willfully haha.
So tender, so juicy, so soaked with the smokey smell of charcoal. Each piece in the mouth made me want to rip my hair off and hop around like some mad kid on a lolly
Then came the lamb chops, gorgeous slabs of redness. The meat were all so undeniably fresh! Very tender juicylicious, after being grilled to perfection! Not a single hint of that foul gamey smell of lamb meat you get very often in overcooked below average lamb meat quality dishes.
If I had to rate the best meat in sequence, it’d be : beef, lamb then pork.
The meal was rather pricey though, 7 of us ate this dinner which cost nearly RM 1000. Phew. Burning a hole in the pocket if it hadn’t been for our big boss around. Teeheehee.
I would definitely return to this place for the beef alone! (Due to cost containment). The service was pretty good, and the staffs could speak really minimal English, enough to order and bring us what we need.
Maple Tree House 단풍나무집,
B1F, 8-1, Myeong-dong 1-ga,
Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Tel : 02-771-9700