I have no idea why, but my favourite BBQ place at Myeongdong, MapleTree House was closed down…for good.
Couldn’t find anything in this trip that could match the tender juicyness of the yummylicious beef grilled under perfectly burnt charcoal.
You can read more from my foodie penned memories here:
We went to the nearest branch from where were were in Gwanhwamun, located in Gangnam. (Not exactly near as we had to take a long journey train to reach).
The restaurant looked presentable from outside. My guess was they had to due to its location in the prime area.
Inside looked pretty similar to the Myeongdong branch. But service wise, was 1000 times worse.
The entire place was nearly empty but yet the waiters took forever to serve us. There were several tables of patrons around who were local Koreans.
We called out to the waiter several times and yet service was not given. It took forever to serve us the side dishes and guests who came later on got their food and side dishes earlier than us.
By the time the food came, our mood was already sour from the wait and the indifferent expression on the faces of the waiters.
It felt like they intentionally hoped for us to leave, perhaps.
We ordered soju and beer – which never came. This is probably the most unheard of thing in SEOUL. The city where everyone drinks till dawn comes.
This was the first moment I disliked being in Seoul. We felt prejudiced for being foreigners and a waste of our journey to travel here, supporting a restaurant who appeared not to care for our well-being.
The pork and beef came after a long wait. The dining experience does matter to help one to enjoy good food. However delicious the pork and beef were, they did not taste good after all of the sour experience we had.
We gobbled up our food quickly and just aimed to leave as soon as we could.
And then, the next sour experience happened. Someone left a wallet under our table, and boy oh boy…It was a fat wallet indeed. The credit cards were black, and there was a stack of cash inside, easily a few thousand ringgit worth of Korean won.
We handed it back to the waiter, and not a SINGLE smile or even thank over the gratitude from him or even the manager present that night.
They basically took the wallet and nodded.
So, this experience had totally ruined my memory of MapleTree House in MyeongDong.
And we will never ever come back or dine in any branch from this point forth.
If this is how they treat the customers that care for their food, so be It!
I guess, having a meal with a sour after taste helped us digest our food fast. We headed back to Myeongdong to do a bit of last minute shopping and went for another round of fried chicken supper with soju and beer (since we couldn’t drink in MapleTree earlier…oh well, blessing in disguise).
It was great to see that Chicken69 was still around after several years! Read more here:
Many good ratings posted about their chicken but it was a Friday night and the place was so packed that the owner turned us away. What a night.
We settled next 2 shops away which had no crowd- hence the chicken taste as expected, was alright but nothing great to shout out.
Final night in Seoul. Still hoping for snow.