Donburi is one of my favorite meals because of how simple it is: just some stuff on top of rice. This place is perfect for a late night meal alone, when you just want something warm and cheap.
Once upon a time, Hongdae Donburi was open 24 hours (hence the big 24시 on the sign), but now they’ve got a handwritten sign up saying they close at 1:30am. It’s one of those places I pass by frequently, but don’t remember exists until I see it.
There’s only like 6 seats, all in one row at the counter, so this is not a place to gather with friends. It’s great for eating alone though! Or maybe bringing one other person. You can also get your order to-go, and it’s a very short walk to that newly renovated raised stair area people hang out around.
The ordering process is very simple: decide if your order is for here or to-go, choose your food, confirm, pay (cash or card). The machine sends the order to the kitchen, so you don’t actually talk to anyone. There’s also a menu on the wall with larger photos & English names, if you aren’t sure what’s what.
On my last visit, I stopped by for a to-go order on my way home. I have tried to eat here before only for there to be no seats, and it’s rare that I’ve seen no customers, but eating in is nice too when you can!
I always get 가츠동 or pork cutlet bowl. It’s nothing fancy, but Hongdae Donburi does a good version of it.
There are a whole bunch of locations of Hongdae Donburi all over Seoul, but I’m not exactly sure what their relationship is since they all seem a bit different…donburi is a simple dish, so I imagine they are all the same basic quality & price, even if run as independent franchises.
- Hours: 11:00am – 1:30am (seems to change occasionally…)
- Contact: 02-322-6138
- Location: 333-1 Seogyo-dong Mapo-gu | 서울 마포구 서교동 333-1