East Meets Further East: Eating Indian Food in Seoul

If there’s one thing Korea’s not lacking, it’s good food. As I’ve mentioned before, food is cheap, and usually very delicious. However, one thing Seoul is lacking a little bit is good foreign food. There’s a little of everything, but the foreign restaurants are flung far across the massive city of Seoul, and they’re also usually more expensive than Korean food. When it comes down to it, you can find basically every kind of cuisine, but you just have to search a little bit.

One thing that’s not as hard to find here as other foreign cuisines is Indian food. Because a lot of people from that part of the world work in factories in Korea, there are some pretty decent Indian food joints–we even have two places in our little town! But by far, the best Indian food in Seoul we’ve had is at Everest Restaurant, in the Dongdaemun neighborhood.

We found this gem through our friend Andrew, and even though it’s far away and hard to find, we manage to get there pretty frequently. It’s a Nepalese, Indian and Tibetan restaurant, and most of the staff are actually from those regions. Everyone who works there can speak nearly perfect English too, which is a nice bonus. They have a large variety of items, including chicken, lamb and veggie dishes, several kinds of naan, and lots of popular Indian drinks (like lassis and mango juice). They also have really cheap beer, which Matt appreciates.

Deliciousness.The aftermath.

The entire restaurant is covered in trinkets and decor from India, Nepal and Tibet, and they even sell a small selection of items from these countries. Plus, there’s always a Bollywood movie playing on the television–and who doesn’t love to see a good song and dance number to cheesy Indian music while eating? I know we do.

To get to Everest Restaurant, take Seoul Subway line 1 to Dongdaemun. From there, take exit 3, and walk straight until you reach the end of the block. Turn left, and then take a right down an alley. The restaurant is on the second floor of the building that will be in front of you–watch for the signs. 

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21 Responses to “East Meets Further East: Eating Indian Food in Seoul”

  1. Elena May 24, 2012 at 9:15 am #

    gosh, this looks so delicious!!

    • andreasherrodd May 24, 2012 at 12:42 pm #

      It’s pretty amazing! I just wish this place was closer to our apartment!

  2. Rachel May 24, 2012 at 1:24 pm #

    There’s also an Everest in Yeongdeungpo, for those of us who live west of Seoul 🙂

    • andreasherrodd May 25, 2012 at 9:00 am #

      Ohh nice! I didn’t realize it was a chain.

  3. Jeff May 24, 2012 at 1:31 pm #

    We tried the Everest location in Yeongdeungpo and it was the best we had for awhile. They even told us where they buy their ingredients. When we tried Arabesque in Dongincheon though, Everest was blown out of the water. They have some of the best butter chicken I’ve had anywhere and part of their menu is Middle Eastern food. A pretty far trek from your side of Seoul though.

    • andreasherrodd May 25, 2012 at 9:01 am #

      Ok…you are going to have to give me the info about this restaurant! Directions please! 🙂

  4. Vantageist May 24, 2012 at 2:05 pm #

    I’m a big fan of the Everest at Yeongdeungpo station. The Nepalese Mother and two daughters that work there are extraordinarily cheerful and hospitable. Have a new menu too which added a bit more variety, samosas, aalu pratha and dal makhani are superb. Cheers!

    • andreasherrodd May 25, 2012 at 9:02 am #

      Yah, one of the reasons I like Everest better than some other Indian-type places around Korea is that they have such a big menu! The little place in my town only has about 5 options. I personally like to order several things and try a little bit of everything, which is why Everest is perfect!

  5. andiperullo May 24, 2012 at 9:43 pm #

    That food looks incredible!

  6. Amy May 25, 2012 at 3:23 am #

    There is another best restaurant for Indian cuisine JYOTI RESTAURANT. It is in sinchon station close to Yonsei university. All the foods are superb. Phone no is 02-703-3535

  7. Bob July 30, 2012 at 12:36 pm #

    Seriously, Everest? That’s the worst Indian/Nepalese food in Dongdaemun! The only reason it’s popular is because it’s been there forever. The interior is old, dirty, and cheap looking and the restaurant is often uncomfortably hot.

    Last time I was there, we ate about half the food and left because it was not at all good. The curry was missing essential flavors and was ridiculously spicy without being delicious enough to warrant eating it.

    I’ve tried nearly all of the Indian/Nepalese joints in the Dongdaemun area because that’s where I live. My favorite is Namaste over near Dongmyo station. They have other restaurants around in Seoul. The interior is amazing, and the food is delicious. Only two caveats, the prices are higher that other places, and the food is not that fresh on the weekends. Their main business is the Korean lunch crowd, so get there after lunch on a weekday for the best. Weekday dinner is good too.

    • Andrea July 30, 2012 at 3:37 pm #

      Hmm…well I don’t think it’s bad! I’ve never had a bad experience there. But to each their own! I’m definitely willing to try new places, so I’ll check out the place you suggest sometime.

    • Raja January 17, 2014 at 10:19 pm #

      We are Indian family living in Seoul for last 7 years.
      We tried all the restaurants in Seoul. Our favorite is Jyoti Restaurant.
      Its in sinchon station , close to Yonsei, Ewha , Songang and Hogik University. This is amazing place, you should try .
      We have been impressed by their quality food, services and presentations, cozy environment . Try CHiken tikka masala, Palak panner, Tandoori, samosa, lassi, nan… Everything is so yummy.

      Line 2, green line, sinchon station ( station no 240), exit 5 , first right trun..
      You may See the board. Its 3F.

      • Andrea January 27, 2014 at 7:36 pm #

        Thanks for the tip! I’m not in Seoul anymore, but it sounds delicious!

  8. Ravi January 28, 2013 at 12:32 am #

    Each and every person from different world like to taste their national food often and often. Like wise, I went to Everest restaurant I could not find the good taste. I ask them Nepali food but the curry seems very bad and the taste is different.

    • Andrea January 30, 2013 at 10:13 am #

      Oh sad, bummer to hear it’s not as good as home! It was as good (if not better) than most Indian/Nepali food in Seattle! 🙂

    • Eric January 17, 2014 at 10:29 pm #

      You should try JYOTI Restaurant. This NO +1 in Seoul for Indian/ Nepali food. Their curry are fresh, tasty, awesome flavors, good interior , very neat and clean. They are very kind and welcoming.

  9. The Korea Guide April 14, 2013 at 1:29 am #

    Why just factories, Indians work in IT industries as well. Most of the Indians work for Samsung, LG, Posco, Doosan or other such Korean Chaebols.in Korea. Yes some do work in factories as well but a major part of the working force that works in factories come from either Nepal, Bangladesh or Pakistan. Since there are so many Indians who are working as engineers in Korea, Indians are by default considered as smart (ttok ttok hae) in Korea.
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    • Andrea April 14, 2013 at 9:21 pm #

      You’re right, I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to insinuate that people from India only work in factories, but rather, I meant that there are several factories near the small town where we lived, and in our area at least, that’s where most foreigners are employed. I don’t think any one group of people in the world are smarter than others, and I’m sorry if I made it seem like that!

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