Originally reviewed on July 7 2019, and May 4, 2020
|한글 🇰🇷||ENGLISH 🇺🇸|
|인투더케이브||Into the Cave|
|Korean Won 🇰🇷||United States Dollar 🇺🇸|
Price is a rough average per head, excluding drinks.
Come out of Exit 3 of Itaewon station, and it is literally a 30 second walk if you turn around.
Seoul Seek Recommendations
- 👑 Signature
- ✅ Counting Calories
- 🌶️ Spicy
|한글 🇰🇷||English 🇺🇸||Price 💵|
|명란크림떡볶이 (L)||Fish Roe Cream Ricecake (large) 🌶️||₩17,000|
|통베이컨 스테이크||Bacon Slab Steak 👑||₩14,500|
|유자리움||Yuzarium (yuzu-based) Cocktail||₩10,500|
We're going to throw a chili emoji onto the ricecake as it is slightly spicy in a peppery way; not spicy so much to me, but foreigners may find it has a sting.
.I don't drink, so hard to recommend any alcoholic drinks. However, this place has the best drink in Seoul, which you can read about below:
This is a pub situated just a stone's throw from Exit 4 of Itaewon station. It is advertised as a Casual Pub by Juni, Juni being the owner, a former bartender who curates and creates all cocktails ordered.
The food here was surprisingly good; this was our second review, and the flavors stayed very consistent, while delivering high quality food. This is hard to find, as most pubs often sacrifice food quality for drink variety. Not this place.
The virus has hit Itaewon hard due to a massive outbreak several months ago located nearby, and business has suffered because of this. Nonetheless, Juni and crew continue forward.
The flavors here are very American for the Western dishes, and satisfyingly familiar for Korean dishes.
Arrival & Interior
I'm going to just leave a single pic here of the melonade; you can find the full in-depth review of this at the top of this review.
I've been here twice, and both times this restaurant has been incredibly good. The owner is very nice and caring, and makes all of the drinks herself. The ingredients are high quality, and the atmosphere is very open and welcoming.
Into the Cave strikes a good balance between a night-out go-to and a casual restaurant where you can slide in, get some familiar flavors, and slide out. There is no tension in the air here, as there is in many other places situated within Itaewon, Korea's most foreigner-heavy district.
The seats are high and comfortable, made well for long conversations or get-togethers. The tables are not massive, and there aren't a ton of non-couple tables, so make sure you come early if you want to secure one of those.
For the price, this is a very satisfying bite, and you can't ask for a better location when it comes to being near a subway exit.
Juni has something special here, something which should be known by more people visiting Itaewon.