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Milwaukee's East Side is home to Seoul Korean restaurant

Korean Beef BBQ
Korean Beef BBQ
C. Logarakis

The only solely Korean restaurant (at this writing) is housed on Milwaukee's East Side in what was once the Japanese Izumi's, then Han Kuk Kwan, which was also Korean.

Seoul's interior is quiet, clean and neat. Service is very friendly, and the waitstaff are very good about explaining what each dish is.

It's no exaggeration that one could make a meal out of the appetizer listing alone. The dumplings (fried or steamed) are filled with vegetables and pork, the fried calamari's coating is light and the squid tender, not chewy. The Du Boo Kimchi has boiled tofu mingled with pork or vegetables.

Choosing a heat level is mandatory, but, disappointingly,  the "hot" is not overly so. Most people go to Seoul for Hot Pots (be forewarned: You have to order two, so take a friend along), "Bibimbob" (most Korean places have it listed as "Bibimbap"), and Korean BBQ. The beef Bulgoki (A.K.A. Bulgogi) is definitely the winner of the BBQ. The meat is tender and cooked perfectly, and the sauce was not overly sweet, with a nice tangy aftertaste.

For the timid, the fried rice and noodle & rice cake dishes are perfect, with a wide variety of meat, fish and vegetarian selections. Everything is served with a selection of dipping sauces and toppings, ranging from seaweed to Kimchi to spicy mustard. Don't be afraid to ask what each item is. It can get a little crowded on your table when all the dishes and plates are laid out for your meal.

Dessert offerings are green tea ice cream and mango ice cream.

Seoul is a very good Korean restaurant for those who have never had Korean and want to be introduced to it slowly and mildly.

For More Information:

Seoul Korean Restaurant

2178 N. Prospect Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53202

Phone: 414.289.8208

Hours: Mon - Sat Lunch: 11.30 AM - 2.30 PM Dinner: 5.00 PM - 10.00 PM

Smoking : No

Children's Menu: Yes

Parking: Small lot or street (some free)

Delivery: No

Takeout: Yes

Celiac-Friendly selections: Yes

Low carb//no carb options: Yes

Vegetarian selections: Yes


  • Observer 5 years ago

    Sad that this is what Milwaukeeans have as their best Korean restaurant.
    Pack up the kids Mabel and head to Chi-town. For this cuisine, it's your only realistic option. Seoul is very good, as you said, as an introduction to Korean dining but search out Korean BBQ 90 miles south. It's quite the cuisine. I'm in love with Woo Chon on California Avenue @ Lincoln, just south of Peterson. You don't even have to drive into town saving you traffic jams and aggravation. Still, there is nothing wrong with Seoul.

  • rjm 5 years ago

    Seoul can be very hit-or-miss. I'm not too fond of their version of Kalbi (short ribs), but like their Bulgoki and Bibimbap (especially the version in stoneware, with crispy and sticky rice at the bottom). I find their dumplings to be thin and meek, but do try the Seafood Pancake (haemul pajun) next time you're there: their version is really good. Also, if there are items you want that are not on the menu, ask; the kitchen may be able to make them. A lot of Koreans go there and order off the menu.

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