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“Overpriced mediocrity ”

Dongnae Halmae Pajeon
Ranked #130 of 35 711 Restaurants in Busan
Cuisines: Korean
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wanted to visit 2 years ago in Busan but didn't manage to so were keen to visit this time. Judy Joo had visited in her Korean Food Made Simple programme on Food Network (we think). It wasn't easy to find and we had to ask a couple of locals who pointed it out to us. The decor is very classy but the food is so overpriced. However it was on our must try foodie list, so we ordered the large pancake for 40000 won and also a mung bean jelly salad. The pancake was ok - nothing to shout about and there wasn't alot of seafood in it. The mung bean jelly salad was interesting and refreshing but some of the greens were bitter which tempered our enjoyment. The side dishes were nothing to shout about compared to some places we have eaten at before. Overall, way overrated and it was style over substance. To put it into perspective, we paid the same amount for a pancake and salad as we did a BBQ set with meats, abalone, a stew, steamed egg, etc etc. No matter how "historic" the place is, it doesn't justify the ridiculous pricing. Wouldn't recommend a visit unless there is no where else you can get seafood pancakes!!

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Reviewed 24 December 2017

We came for lunch on a Sunday. Got off the Dongnae metro station and walked less than 10 minutes. They were packed but we got a table.

Ordered the medium pancake for 30,000 won, 2 beers for 4,000 won each.

Wasn't too impressed with the pancake - was a little soggy. Not much seafood in the pancake. Also the service was poor. Had to get up to get someone's attention to get another beer.

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Thank PandaHouston
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Reviewed 15 April 2016 via mobile

We ordered just the pancakes. It came with 4 different accompliments. If you are familiar with fried oyster pancakes, this is the premium version. Apart from oysters, it had clams, dried prawns and spring onions in it. Different from the usual but nice.

It has been around for generations. That is in itself, testimony to its main-stay dish.

1  Thank Juliana_Goh
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Reviewed 15 September 2015

We went tot he restaurant with great anticipation after reading the reviews and watching plenty of shows featuring the restaurant. Unfortunately, I really didn't think it was worth the price or the travel.

The pajeon didn't have great structure and fell apart almost to the touch. The eggs really didn't bind the meal together and it just became this mushy pile of ingredients on a plate. I had to pour some of the dipping sauce on pieces of the pajeon because the pajeon didn't hold up to the dip and we had bits and pieces floating all around. The other dishes were fine, but not worth the price. I think they sort of capitalize on the name and overcharge on the food. The makgeoli was pretty good so I'll give them that.

I say if you're in the neighborhood and want to give it a shot, knock yourself out. But if you're going to the area for the sole purpose of eating at Dongnae Halmae, I'd say just give it a miss. Better food out there.

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Thank LFCfanatic9
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Reviewed 2 May 2015

very touristy place!
Its sad to see that the food does not justify the price. I understand that that it is one of the authentic 70 year old pajeon place but I grew up making and eating pajeon and paying close to $40 for a pajeon is ridiculous. However, when I am with guests who are visiting in Busan for the first time, I would take them here. You get a feel of the history and tradtion. There are various pajeon houses near by claiming that they are the legendary pajeon place so becareful and make sure you find the right one!
This place also closes on Monday.

Dongrae Halmae Pajeon is like going to Gladstone's in Malibu. You really don't go for the taste of the food, you go and pay for the experience. If you are a foodie, you might be disappointed.

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