Nam Dae Moon is a nice little authentic Korean restaurant in the Alexandria Plaza on the 6th and Alexandria.
My husband and I used to go to Nam Dae Moon quite often when we lived in Korea Town. Mainly because we lived two blocks away from the restaurant but also we thought it’s a perfect place for Saturday brunch in a walking distance.
One of the reasons that I like Nam Dae Moon a lot is that they serve seven or eight different tasty banchan (sidedishes) with meals. Kimchi, often two different kinds of kimchi, is always included.
They also serve a free appetite gyeran-jjim (steamed-egg) in a little boiling bowl, which I love! I remember I made gyeran-jjim numerously when I lived in Seoul, but I never made it that soft and good. Well, I should calm down. It’s only an appetizer (or just a side dish in Korea).
My favorite dishes are bulgogi (Korean BBQ), dolsot bibimbap, fish dishes and dweonjang chigae (bean-paste pot stew). Most time I ended up with ordering dolsot bibimbap after changing it several times in my mind.
Their dolsot bibimbap is pretty great, but it’s true there are many Korean restaurant that make good dolsot bibimbap.
They are more well-known with their bulgogi, galbi, or Korean fish dishes among Koreans. Their bulgogi definitely tastes very good. But I heard that having bulgogi for dinner may not be as inexpensive as it would look because the place is rather small and not fancy at all. Their chairs are not that comfortable, either.
But lunch dishes, especially combo menus, are pretty good deals.
(from Google map)
Nam Dae Moon literally means Big South Gate and it refers to Sungnyemun, a 600 year old historic gate in Seoul, South Korea. Sadly, this beautiful wooden architect Sungnyemun was lost by fire in January 2008 and they are restoring it now.