Korean restaurants are everywhere in Shin-Okubo, but Mamonaku Busan Eki (that’s the Japanese word for “next stop, Busan station”) always manages to stand out.
The restaurant is located next to the JR train tracks and is designed to look like a Korean train, so you can sit in a cabin, look out the window, and feel like you are on a train bound for Busan. As you would expect, most of the dishes on offer are from Busan, and each main course provides access to the all-you-can-eat buffet.
One of the restaurant’s main dishes is naccopse, a popular prawn and octopus stew in Busan. The crispy ingredients with sweet and spicy seasonings are delicious, and they’re served with a cute twist: small bird-shaped egg cakes sit on a big fluffy cloud of cotton candy. Don’t worry about the sweetness – this fondue normally contains regular sugar, so the sweetness runs through the spice.
Other main dishes include samgyeopsal (pork belly), Korean barbecue, budae jjigae (spicy sausage stew), and cheese dakgalbi (spicy stir-fried chicken).
The all-you-can-eat buffet counter offers classics like kimbap (Korean sushi rolls), chijimi (Korean-style pancakes), tteokbokki (spicy rice cakes), and four types of Korean fried chicken. There is also a drink bar where you can choose alcoholic and non-alcoholic refreshments to accompany your meal, such as Korean pear juice or corn silk tea.
A 90-minute session costs 2,178 at lunch and 2,728 at dinner. The price includes a main course of your choice, the buffet and the drink bar. The restaurant is popular, so be sure to reserve your table in advance.