Cheap Eats in Seoul: Pomato

Living on a tight budget (for now), finding cheap eats is a necessity for me. Finding affordable restaurants in Seoul is not terribly hard, and luckily I found this chain that has become a good staple for cheap eats. The restaurants are clean with nice furniture and the food is pretty decent with affordable prices. The best part is it is open 24 hours a day! Their name is a little awkward, probably a cross between a pomegranate and a tomato which they serve neither of by the way. There are a lot of locations in Seoul, and two just outside of Shindaebang Station (신대방역) alone!

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Not everything on their menu is extremely cheap, but their menu is extensive and won’t cost over 7000 won. They have a variety of kimbab (김밥), Katsu, Omelettes, stir fries, Chinese food, stews, and noodle and rice dishes. There are also English translations for all items!

Pomato Menu
A large selection at low prices. The most expensive items are around 7000 won, but you can be happy with 5000 won or less.

They have a small assortment of side dishes (varies with restaurant and day) including soup, kimchi, radish, and boiled eggs for instance which is all self-serve.

Their Banchan (반찬) on any given day.

 

My current favorites are the Chicken Mayo (치킨 마요) and Jajangmyeon (짜장면). The Chicken Mayo (3,500 won) is a whole chicken katsu, mixed with a bunch of scrambled egg strings in rice topped with seaweed. They also give you mayo and katsu sauce, but I only use the katsu sauce.

Sauces for the Chicken Mayo.
Pomato Chicken Mayo
Quite a bit for 3,500 won. Pretty tasty too and great for a protein staple.
Pomato Chicken Mayo
Nice and Crispy

 

I’ve also had the boiled dumplings (물만두) which are not bad. They provide an ample amount with soy sauce for 3000 won. They’re slightly gummy and dehydrated, but there’s a good combination of veggie and meat. The flavor of the dumplings was quite good and I found the soy sauce only making it too salty.

Pomato Boiled Dumplings 물 만두
Boiled Dumpling (물만두) Another great cheap eat at 3000 won.

The jjamppong (짬뽕) is also an amazing deal for 3500 won. It’s jam-packed with clams, mussels, baby shrimp, and squid. The noodles are also nice and chewy. The only thing that I didn’t like was there seemed to be very little noodles compared to the seafood.

Pomato Jjambbong 짬뽕
Jam-packed with seafood, I think at least 20 animals were sacrificed in the making of this.
Pomato Jjambbong Noodles
Slightly thick and chewy noodles, with perfect texture. I just wish they gave more!

I can’t really recommend the tteokbokki as the noodles were very limp and the sauce was very watery with no flavor. If you can’t eat spicy tteokbokki, this may work out for you though.

Definitely give Pomato a a shot if you’re in the hunt for cheap eats with a large selection! If you have any suggestions for cheap eats let me know in the comments or email!

 

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Author: Ryan Mar

Just a guy simply making the most with life abroad. Love travel, photography, food, and just enjoying life. Currently blogging about beautiful places in Seoul, Korea, along with food, culture, and observations at findingtheseoul.com.

4 thoughts on “Cheap Eats in Seoul: Pomato”

    1. Hello Hilda, this particular location can be found by going to Sindaebang Station and going out of exit 2. It’s about 1 block away. This place is a chain and can be found in pretty much any major subway area, however. Hope this helps and let me know if I could be of any more help!

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