I still remember the first time I went to eat cajun style seafood in Southern California, it was at Boiling Crab in Garden Grove, the Euclid location. Having your fingers smell of garlic, seafood, and spices after you’ve licked them clean is quite a wonderful feeling. The closest place to boiling crab in Seoul that I’ve been able to find is Blue Crab in Itaewon, a good places to eat in Korea.
Located in a basement, the entrance to this venue is relatively small and apart from their sign out in front, you can quickly pass it by. It is located on the strip behind Hamilton Hotel, near Tomatillo, and Aligato Sushi. The interior is pretty snippy and appealing which creates an atmosphere that compliments your dining experience. If you’ve never eaten cajun style seafood in Seoul, or anywhere else for that matter, you’re either in for a fun or frustrating experience. In order to enjoy your meal, be sure to use the given bib, wash your hands, and get ready to use your God given hands.
Most of the entree’s are cooked, then placed in plastic bags that are served directly to your table, which are also covered with wax paper. Utensils are available to use, but if you’re looking to enjoy your email, then just dig in without them. Most of the seafood variety are shellfish, and honestly it’s more convenient to just use your fingers. Definitely not a recommended place to go on a date – at least not the first date.
We ordered the King Prawns with the Cajun seasoning (16,000 won) which is a butter, garlic, and chili concoction that compliments the ocean flavors pretty nicely. Expect to get about 1lb of shrimp (not jumbo prawns you’re expecting, but just standard sizes). We also opted for the Combo A (25,000 won) with the cajun seasoning which includes a variety of blue crab, mussels, sweet corn, small baby potatoes, and sausage (the Korean kind). They also have lobster available, but a little bit pricey in my opinion. Although I haven’t tried lobster with this type of sauce, I feel like it detracts from the enjoyable flavor of lobsters bosom. The portions aren’t very big, and the cajun seasoning isn’t quite as delicious as the Boiling Crab I’m familiar with from Southern California, but for what I’ve been able to find in Korea, it’ll do.
This restaurants in Seoul will be my go to places to eat in Seoul whenever I’m craving for this type of seasoning and food. Next time, I’m going to order some bread to supplement all the seafood and sauce. Again, don’t forget the bib!
Low down: King Prawns & Combo A with the Cajun seasoning.
Location: 112-2 Itaewon 1-dong, B1F, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, Korea
Website: Blue Crab