CategoryFood and Drink

Queen’s Head

Queen’s Head pub (퀸스헤드) is a proper establishment serving German style beers in the Yongtong district of Suwon.

Queen's Head Interior

Queen’s Head Interior

At some elevation, riding the elevator from the 1st to 5th floor crosses another dimension. The elevator doors slide open. From your mind, thoughts of Korean kimchi, the burning halogen lights, and the posters of soju girls fade away. You’re welcomed into atmospheric wonder of European mastery.

Softly lit lamps glow from the ceiling – keeping everything warm. The decor appears to have been imported from Germany with dark ebony and walnut polished wood from ceiling to floor. Its elaborate and finely detailed. Gazing around the room, I couldn’t help imagining hordes of Saxons occupying the tables. All of them conversing loudly, cheersing heavy beer steins, and stuffing their rotund bellies with brazen pig. None of the decor appears out of aesthetic context or inappropriately placed.

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Levee Brewery

Levee Brewery (레비 브루어리) is one of the finest locations to enjoy craft beers in Suwon.

Halloween Edition

Halloween Edition

The interior design of Levee Brewery doesn’t necessarily sweep you into a proper European pub, but it is not Korean. At first glance, I thought I was trespassing in a warehouse. The room is spacious and guests have the option of sitting either at wooden pallets or 4 ft tall barrels. The barrels were the most appealing for me for it felt like sitting at a bar with close friends. Off in the corner of the room, there are three dart boards and a pool table. In the front, a glass panel divides the dining area with the sparkling brewing kettles. It may be a warehouse or a loading dock, but the ambiance is fine for drinking.

The menus are quite creative – taking a bookmark from my old science textbooks. It is fashioned as a Periodic Table of Elements. Imagine the title of Breaking Bad. In lieu of atomic numbers, each beer is paired with its final gravity and alcohol volume. Science, bitches.

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Datzzang Donkas

‘Datzzang Donkas’ (댓짱돈까스) is an trendy restaurant specializing in Japanese style pork cutlet tonkatsu. The establishment has a unique name which sets it apart from other tonkatsu restaurants. As of November 2014, the restaurant will celebrate its 1 year anniversary.

It is located near Mansuk Park almost across from the concert pavilion. It is on the second floor above a galmegisal restaurant. Therefore, patrons can sit at a window on a warm summer day and relax. Park picnic-ers, city bikers, and the always active Korean grandmas and grandpas make for a pleasant background to the dining experience. The restaurant incorporates a finer atmosphere with jazz playing in the background. The owners put a lot of thought into the decor, which may change depending on the season.

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