Alien's Day Out

New Start Vegetarian Buffet, Revisited


I recently had dinner at New Start Vegetarian Buffet near Seollung station. I hadn’t been there in over two years but then I was seeing a friend who lives in the area so we decided to pop in.

The food isn’t fancy or gourmet by any means. It’s just simple, natural, Korean food: jjigye soups, sweet marinated potatoes, tofu jorim, picked red cabbage, sauteed wild greens, and jeon pancakes… They also don’t go overboard with wheat/soy meat products. Infact, there was only one soy bulgogi dish which was really yummy.

While the food was tasty and satisfied my craving for Korean food, a few dishes were a little dry after sitting out for a while. They also don’t have a fresh salad bar which is a bit of a bummer (notice how the plates all look brown in color… no fresh greens!). However if you want an all-you-can-eat veggie spot with no-frills Korean comfort food, New Start could be your answer. My belly was certainly happy!

And what’s impressive is that near the checkout counter they have an entire fridge filled with different purely decadent ice cream products for sale! They also have a section of veg products such a vegan breads, cookies, and soy or wheat meats. I bought a packet of the black bean veggie sausages which were really good.

Directions to New Start Vegetarian Buffet
Seolleung Station (line 2 or Bundang yellow line), Exit 2, walk straight until you see an office supply store, Link O on your left. Turn left and walk less than a block. The restaurant will be on your right, on the second floor.

Hours: 11:30am – 10:30pm
Price: 13,000 won
Phone: 01-565-4324


  1. I used to live 10 minutes from this place (literally) and unfortunately at that time, I thought of vegetarians as weirdos :( Ahh…wish our family had not moved and that we would have visited this place.
    A nice vegetarian buffet we’re looking forward to visit is Balwoo. I heard besides the expensive, registration-necessary floor, there’s a buffet you can enjoy in a cheaper price!

  2. I’m not vegitarian however looks yammy.
    If I have vegitarian friend, I’d like to go there.

    Thank you for your good information. :)

  3. Hi,
    I started reading your blog a few weeks ago after Simon and Martina from posted a link and I just wanted to tell you that I LOVE it! It is everything blogs aspire to but rarely ever become. I look through it every day and it has given me such an uplifting feeling to know that when I finally get to visit South Korea there will be vegetarian/vegan options. I was worried that I would only be able to eat either bibimbap (not really a hardship) or go to temple restaurants.
    I have been vegetarian since November of 1997. I am interested in becoming vegan, but I struggle with a love of dairy. I don’t really have an aversion to eating dairy so I don’t know why veganism calls to me so much.
    Thanks so much for the wonderful posts, the great info on food/restaurant offerings, and the beautiful pictures.
    Keep up the good work!

    • Simon and Martina shared my link? AHH! :) HOw cool, they are so awesome! hehe, glad you found the blog and thanks for the comment!!

Leave a Reply

Required fields are marked *.