After having some amazing Indian food in Thailand, Josh and I came back to Korea really craving more…. Over the Lunar New Year we had a 5 day weekend so we ate Indian food two nights in a row. The first restaurant was pretty good, but the second restaurant we ate at, Utsav in Hongdae, was REALLY good.
To start off with the restaurant building itself is pretty cool. It’s a large two story cement building decorated in a really eclectic yet industrial way. The ceilings are huge and there is an inner courtyard surrounding a pool. Due to the colder weather, we sat inside and enjoyed our meal while sitting against some brightly colored pillows and interesting wood chairs.
The menu had most of the typical dishes you would see at an Indian restaurant. Apparently you order the main dishes, all of which come with unlimited rice (just plain old sticky rice) and naan (you get to choose the type of naan you want…we always go with the garlic). Both of the times I have eaten Indian food in Korea the naan has been huge…like twice the size of my face huge. I haven’t met any naan that I haven’t enjoyed eating so it was definitely a plus that the naan was unlimited (between three of us we ate 6 LARGE pieces of naan). We ordered the chicken tikka masala and chicken curry, both of which were delicious! If you don’t like ginger then I would recommend asking for your dishes without ginger as both dishes were on the ginger heavy side. I guess instead of using minced ginger they use slivers of ginger in their dishes.
Two entrees with the naan and rice more than happily fed three people which is good since the dishes run about ₩20,000/plate (about $20). Overall, it was a fun restaurant with delicious food and a neat environment. I would definitely go again, next time maybe I’ll try their lunch time buffet.