Review: Bonny’s Pizza in Haebongchon

Last night, I had the pleasure of going out with a friend of mine to Bonny’s Pub in Haebongchon.

We chose Bonny’s because a mutual friend of ours had won a voucher for a free pizza + two beers at a charity event I helped organize back in May. Bonny’s was kind enough to donate a voucher for the raffle, but sadly, my friend couldn’t use it before she left the country.

So, she left it in the kind hands of your’s truly and our mutual friend Wang Min (whom we’d met at a Makgeolli Mamas and Papas meet-up).

Seeing as my days in this country are numbered, Wang Min and I decided to head into the hip/up-and-coming Haebongchon neighbourhood for some free pizza and beer.

Outside Bonny's

Outside Bonny’s

Outside Bonny's

Outside Bonny’s

The interior of the pub

The interior of the pub

Bonny’s is a self-serve beer pub/sports bar. Two large TV screens show “football” (what we North Americans call “soccer”) while several booths, barstool tables and chairs line the inside.

Since the place is so small, you just go up to the til to order and pay on the spot. Your server will bring you your food and draft beer, otherwise, you’re free to help yourself to the bottles in the fridges (paying first, of course!).

Wang Min and I decided to keep it classic, and ordered Bonny’s pepperoni pizza with thick crust. Bonny’s does have the option of ordering thin curst pizzas, but I’d read on some food blogs that thick was the way to go – a true “American-style” pizza.

Regular pepperoni with thick crust

Regular pepperoni with thick crust – 12,000w

Needless to say, it was delicious. It had a nice thick, greasy crust that reminded me of Pizza Hut-style pizza from back home. And yes, we finished the whole thing! But not without washing it down with a couple free draft beers that came with the voucher.

Bonny’s has Max beer on tap for 2,500w/glass, which is not bad at all. Wang Min treated me to a Tsingtao, which tasted deliciously refreshing on that hot summer night.

I read that Bonny’s two popular pizzas are the Beast and the Kimchi Cult…

"The Beast" - beef pizza (Photo: Bonny's Pub, facebook)

“The Beast” – beef pizza (Photo: Bonny’s Pub, facebook)

"Kimchi Cult" home-made, organic kimchi with bacon, onion & cheese (photo: Bonny's Pub, facebook)

“Kimchi Cult” home-made, organic kimchi with bacon, onion & cheese (photo: Bonny’s Pub, facebook)

I am a bit skeptical about the notion of putting kimchi on pizza… Though based on the photo Bonny’s has on their facebook page, it looks like a fairly doable concept. If I was here longer, I’d definitely give it a try.

Lots of international beers to choose from (Photo: Bonny's Pub, facebook

Over 70 brands of international beers to choose from (Photo: Bonny’s Pub, facebook)

Bonny's Pub (4 of 5)

Pizza Menu (Photo: MissLeeDa - Naver Blog)

Pizza Menu (Photo: MissLyda – Naver Blog)

If you’re looking for a thick, greasy and cheesy American-style pizza, then Bonny’s is your place.

One thing I wish I would’ve known a few months ago: Bonny’s does 4,000w unlimited Americanos on Sundays (they call it their “Hangover Special”). Pair that with a greasy 3,000w slice of pizza, and  you’re good to go. Or, if you’re like some friends of mine who swear by beer as the best hangover cure, you can’t beat a 640mL bottle of Tsingtao for 5,000w.

Pizzas range in price from 8,000w (small) to 18,000w (large), with prices fluctuating depending on the toppings.

The open-air atmosphere was cool, but on such a hot and humid night, some AC would’ve felt even better!

A Korean blogger noted that there is NO hangeul menu, and that one can only order in English ^_^ Too bad for the non-English speaking Korean pizza-lovers out there, although I’m sure they’d get by okay just by pointing and grunting at the pictures (hey, that’s what I do here!).

Overall, Bonny’s seems like a pretty popular neighbourhood place. I approve.

Info:

Hours: 2:00pm to late (Monday to Friday) and 11:30am to late (Saturday, Sunday)

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/BonnysPub

Website: none

Phone: +82-2-792-0303

Directions:  Noksapyeong Station, exit 2. Walk straight up the hill, passing the kimchi pots on your left. Keep walking for about five minutes, and Bonny’s will be on your left, right after Phillie’s Pub and across the street from Indigo. If you see the Pinoy Mart on your right, you’ve gone too far.

Birthday Love from Canada + a trip to High Street Market

Yesterday, after two months of eager anticipation, I received my birthday package from Canada!

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There were a ton of cards from family members, winter gloves, smoked salmon, Straight Sexy Hair heat protect, Healthy Sexy hair soy wheat treatment, and a mickey of Crown Royal! So awesome.

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Mmm… maple salmon… I’m going to save one pack until the exam period for late night snacking with my roomie, and another pack for Christmas.

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Canadian whiskey!

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These gloves were super popular during the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. They sold out everywhere because they were so comfy and warm! They look super great too.

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Because of the salmon, I decided to buy rice crackers and chive & onion Philly cheese dip (my preferred flavour is the low-cal herb & garlic cream cheese, a cheaper and less-fattening version of Boursin, but I could only find the plain and chive & onion ones!).

Anyways, I had to make a special trip to the foreigner district of Seoul (Itaewon) for these “speciality” products. I actually haven’t been to Itaewon too much. As one of my other foreigner friends described it, it’s basically like Korea’s “Americatown”. I took a trip to the famous High Street Market there, which is the most popular foreign food shop in the city.

High Street Market - photo from jseseoulsearching.blogspot.kr
High Street Market – photo from jseseoulsearching.blogspot.kr

The prices weren’t too bad; the crackers and cheese were about the same I’d pay at a Thrifty Foods in Canada, and I was excited to see that they sold Reese cups! However, these were most certainly not cheap – I’m talking like $20 for a medium-sized bag (something that would probably cost $5 in Canada). I love Reese, but I don’t love them that much!

High Street Market
High Street Market

This photo is from their facebook page. HSM has a deli section and also sells frozen meats, baking supplies, pastas, snacks, import beer & wines, among many other things. HSM is also sponsoring a fundraiser I’m helping plan with Justice for North Korea (a local human rights NGO based here in Seoul) so they’re obviously a socially-concious business! HSM was actually a bit smaller than I’d expected, just based on the hype, but there were lots of goodies that I’ll likely by back for… But couldn’t find any Kraft Dinner. Bummer!