Alien's Day Out

Cook’n Heim @ Samcheong-dong


A group of friends and I recently went to check out Cook’n Heim, which is a gallery-restaurant (get it? Guggenheim? Cook’n Heim?) in Sam Cheong Dong. They are probably best-known for their creative menu of New York/Italian-style fancy burgers, such as the “Art Burger” or “Fromagio Burger”. Unfortunately, though their burger menu is quite diverse, there is not one single veggie burger to be seen… (hm, not exactly in tune with their “healthy, environmentally-friendly” food philosophy that they have on their website ).

The majority of our table was ve*gans, so we were looking for veg options. Thankfully, their pasta menu is a little more veg-friendly. One thing to point out is that even though the menu doesn’t mention any meat in a dish, they tend to include bits of animals anyway (or cheese). For example, many of the pasta dishes don’t say anything about the fact that they come with bacon! (sneaky~) Thankfully, when we stressed that we were veg*an, they assured us that they wouldn’t include any pigs in our dishes. :)

For appetizers, they served mini cooked tomatoes with a bit of dairy cream cheese on the bottom. Quite nice, if you can maneuver around the cream cheese.

I didn’t eat any of their garlic bread cuz I’m pretty sure there was dairy butter on there.

This is the eggplant pasta. It normally comes with cheese sprinkled on top, but they left it out for us. This was really yummy~

This was my friend’s plate of “Oil Sauce” pasta. It originally comes with bacon (not mentioned in the menu description), but they were willing to leave that out for him. I think he was a little overwhelmed by all the garlic, but he said it was good~

The “Patate Plate” which is potato, sweet potato, and squash, baked in olive oil. The dipping sauce was like salsa with a spicy kick. Pretty good!

So overall, my friends and I had a very lovely dinner at Cook’n Heim. The food we ate was nice and made with quality ingredients. It’s not the most veg-friendly restaurant out there, but with a few modifications and requests, you can enjoy yourself a tasty meal in an awesome part of Seoul.


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  3. This is in regards to the restaurant that you reviewed whose name is included here on the subject line. I ate there several times and never had any problems. However the last time I was there, I encountered a very rude person whom I believe was the owner. I ate my meal peacefully and finished eating. As I was ready to open a door that lead to the cashier to pay for my meal, the woman came behind me. She had not been there during the time that I came and during most of the time that I was eating my meal. I opened the door for her to enter first but she seemed to take great offense. She was very deliberate in her actions and made it clear that I was unwanted. I never met or saw this woman but her hatred was quite visible. Having been in Korea for so long, I was appalled to receive such rude treatment from a business owner. I then made my way to the cashier and the woman walked behind me. That same woman told the waitress to charge me but refused to acknowledge me. I was wondering why she was so hateful: was she anti-foreigner? Maybe she had a bad day. I paid and then upon leaving, I told her good night. I wanted to make sure that I was not reading my personal thoughts and feelings into this, but she remained hateful in her attitude and wouldn’t even look at me. I did tell her that she was strange before I left because, after all, I am human and not an inanimate object. Part of enjoying a meal is the experience that comes along with it and attitude is very much a part of that experience. Customer satisfaction is paramount to the success of a business. Either the owner/manager is too stupid to know, or she is ignorant. I will make sure to visit the restaurant again with a Korean to help me, but only to confront the woman who acted spitefully towards me. As a business owner that serves the public, you cannot just treat others with malice and act as if nothing happened. Furthermore, a person needs to know that their behavior was wrong so that they can hopefully rectify it and not continue to treat others in the same way.

    No foreigner in another country should be made to feel uncomfortable based on another person’s prejudices, especially if the person is the owner or manager of a well-known establishment. I can assure you that my family and I treat Koreans in our hometown (CA, USA) with the utmost respect. Had a Korean person experienced this in my hometown, you can bet that I would confront the establishment and find out the reason(s) for their disrespect toward the Korean person. I am no longer angry but I am rightfully bothered by that situation. I believe justice is necessary in any relationship, be it business or personal.

    • Wow, sounds like an awful experience. I wonder what was going through the lady’s head? Hopefully you will get some answers when you go back… :(

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