Twoppul is a high end Korean BBQ franchise in Korea that started only a few years ago with its first location in Nonheyongdong, it now has 8 locations across Seoul. It is known as a dependable franchise that does everything right with relatively good prices for the quality of meat, interior, and service. I want to say it’s like the Houston’s/Hillstone of American fare as Korean BBQ, but I like Houston’s so much that I would have to say that Twoppul is almost there. I like this BBQ over all the BBQs in Koreatown on 32nd, but it still does not hold a candle to the best East Coast Korean BBQ which is Mapo BBQ in Flushing, NY. (One of these days I will get to a review of Mapo…) On a side note the New York Times recently did a very thorough and laudatory review of Korean restaurants in Queens. You can see photos of Mapo’s BBQ in the article’s slideshow.
A few months ago I visited the location in the Seoul Finance Center which had only opened a month before my visit. The interior sparkled with it’s fancy wine coolers and granite countertops. I can see this location being popular with all the corporate employees in the area like Changgo43 which is also another great Korean BBQ nearby under the Mirae Asset Building. I was there on a Sunday for lunch and the restaurant was full of families despite being in such a commercial district. With it’s popularity, it is a wonder it has not opened up yet here in the States. Maybe it is next like Baekjong which has recently opened up in Ktwon NY after being open in LA, Hawaii, and Flushing.
This restaurant is called “Twoppul” meaning two pluses because the grade of the Hanwoo (Korean beef) is 1++, the highest on the grading scale. (see my in depth review of other places to eat BBQ in Seoul here). You can see the nice marbling in every order of beef that comes out at this restaurant. The beef is cooked over charcoal which imo is the only way to eat Korean BBQ. Unfortunately due to restaurant regulations in NYC there are no indoor charcoal grill restaurants and I have to go to Mapo in Queens to experience this. Twoppul is also known for BYOB ie bring your own bottle with corkage. The full pdf menu for each location is on their website. There are three main types of BBQ beef:
Aged Striploin ₩34,000 for 150grams (with Feb 2015 xrate of ₩1,100=$1 this comes out to $30 for 5.3oz, in Korea tax is already included in the price and there is no tip on the bill)
Marinated Aged Striploin ₩35,000 for 150g
Aged Tenderloin ₩38,000 for 150g
You can also order 100 grams instead of 150 grams and be charged pro rata. 100 grams is 3.5oz and 150 grams is 5.3oz.
The 8 restaurants are in Nonhyeon (original store), Nonhyeon (2nd location), Garosugil, Pangyo, Suhyeon, Itaewon, Jongak, and the newest in the Seoul Finance Center near Gwanghwamun. This link will take you to Naver’s Map with “투뿔등심” in the search box.
This short 15 second video will give you an idea of the dining experience at Twoppul Deungshim.
Twoppul Deungshim Gwanghwamun
Phone: 82 2-517-3794