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