In Hongdae, there is certainly no shortage of charming coffee shops, bakeries, bars, meat-centric and western food restaurants. However, strangely, there aren’t that many restaurants with good Korean food, particularly spots that are also vegan-friendly. Ofcourse, you can get veganized bibimbab pretty easily, but sometimes you want a little more. Which is why I like Slobbie, a Korean restaurant in Hongdae that promotes the concept of local, seasonal, healthy, slow food. Their menu has a lot of vegetarian and vegan options, and a lot of their other dishes can also be veganized upon request.
One of the banchans may be a meat or egg dish, but if you let them know you are vegan, they will be sure to bring you out three veggie banchans. Unfortunately their kimchi contains jeotgal, but there are so many other delicious things, I don’t think you’ll be too disappointed.
When we went, the soup-of-the-day was also a lovely bowl of dark dwenjang soup that was also totally vegan. Everything we got was delicious. Nothing fancy or unrecognizable. Just natural, simple, comforting Korean bab and banchan. My kind of food.
Another cool thing is that Slobbie has implemented this ‘Meal Banking Movement’ where you can pay in advance for 10 meals at Slobbie and get a 10% discount. Then you can just stop by whenever and they will feed you a nourishing homey meal. Oh, and I didn’t know this before, but according to the urban dictionary, ‘Slobbie’ means “Slow food lover or enthusiast.” Nice!
Anyway, if you are looking for some awesome veg-friendly Korean cuisine in Hongdae, I highly recommend Slobbie. You get a delicious, carefully prepared meal, and at the same time, you get to support local farmers and the slow-food movement. The interior ambiance is also inviting, and the service is great!
Directions to Cafe Slobbie (까페 슬로비)
Hongdae Station, Line 2, Exit 9. Come out the exit and turn left. Turn Right immediately after Dunkin Donuts. Walk a few buildings and Slobbie will be on your left, on the 5th floor (I think it’s above an Olive Young store).
Address: 서울 마포구 동교동 163-9 5층
Phone: 02 3143 5525
Closed on Sundays