Craft Beer and Pizza in Seoul
Bonny’s Pizza Pub
I grew up thinking that pizza only came in the form of Domino’s or Pizza Hut delivery, and it wasn’t until I discovered Shakey’s Pizza (Mojo potatoes anyone???) when I was a young child that I realized that it came in many different shapes and forms. I’ve learned to love pizza and the different types and styles that people make of it. Bonny’s Pizza Pub in Haebangchon is a relatively new pizza joint that also has self-serve craft bottles of beer. I’ve visited a couple of times, and both times was left satisfied. Although it’s not italian style, or New York Style pizza in Seoul, it’s a good pizza that has become a favorite places to eat in Itaewon.
The first thing that caught my eye was the orange exterior color and outside terrace that lines the edge of the restaurant. Although it’s still wintertime, I imagine the restaurant will open up the sliding windows for an open space and feel. It’s quite an interesting soirée of elements put together – hard to find craft beers in Seoul, a variety of pizza choices – thin crust, thick crust, including sizes – “D” = drinking size @ 9in, “R” = regular size @ 13in, and “P” = party size @ 15in. Decently priced soft drinks, including my favorite Dr. Pepper, and a variety of pizza recipes to tantalize your brain palette. While you’re waiting on your food – glance through the Beer Bible so that you can learn to appreciate beer and all it’s goodness. In a few years, craft beer in Korea paired with exotic and fusion foods, is going to trend and come in like a wave. If you’re openly willing and financially able – jump on this bandwagon right now!!! (and take me with you! – I’ve got the winning combination!)
I recommend trying “The Beast” – beef, caramelized onions, cheese with a “tasty” sauce with the thin crust. The thin crust actually tasted Korean to me – but it worked surprisingly well. I tried the Beef Nachos as well – though the chips came out nicely toasted, I was disappointed by the beef chili that’s plopped into the middle. I’m going to avoid the beef nachos next time. I was also able to try their Buffalo Wings – nothing spectacular, and also their “Carnivore Pizza” with the regular crust – ham, beef, pepperoni, and tangy barbecue sauce (although very skimpy with the sauce). The crust was delicious too – think Pizza Hut’s pan crust, the thick oily crust they have in the States, definitely not the Korean version. Another specialty pizza they seem to be promoting is their “Kimchi Cult” pizza – which was the first time I’ve actually had kimchi on my pizza – it wasn’t too bad.
The food here is pretty decent, but what I’m eager to sample is their variety of beers that are pretty unusual for Seoul. I’m in a season of not drinking, but once that season passes, I’m sure I’ll be craving good pizza and good beer. I’ll come back relatively often because of a few reasons: they broadcast Japanese sports channels (including one of my favorite sports), the terrace seems like a nice spot to chill once the weather opens up, a variety of ales, lagers, stouts, and other imported beer options, and good, fairly priced pizza pies. If you’re in the area, check out Bonny’s – good pizza in Seoul.
Low down: The Beast or The Carnivore – and a beer you’ve never tried before. Avoid the beef nachos and wings.
Location: 2 Sinheung-ro 3-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, 140-022
Tel: 02-792-0303; 010-9370-7410
Website: Bonny’s Pizza Pub