Best Burger Spots In Seoul

Written by Marie for Shuttle

When living in South Korea you may miss comfort foods from back home even though Korean food is very delicious. When that’s the case, why not go and eat some of the best burgers in Seoul?

There is no shortage of Korean restaurants, from bibimbap to samsgyeopsal, but finding a proper western burger restaurant can be tricky. There are loads of burger restaurants, some better than others, you’ll find restaurants that are quite similar to the ones back home and others more Koreanized.

Here is our list of some of the best burger restaurants in town, in no particular order. If you know of any other must try restaurants, please let us know in the comment section below.

Pipit Burger

Pipit Burger is a small venue with only 2 burgers on the menu, the Pipit Burger and the Patty Patty. The first one is filled with all sorts of vegetables while the latter is for meat and cheese lovers. The interior is decorated with bright lights and rock n’ roll music that brings you back in time to 1950s. See full menu here.

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Gilbert’s Burger & Fries

A great burger restaurant with a wide array of options. There are no less than 11 burgers on their menu and each patty is made of 100% beef. If you’ve never been we highly recommend trying the Mr. President, their signature burger, which is consists of a sesame bun, cheddar cheese, a 5 oz beef patty, red onion, tomato, dill pickle, romaine, bacon and horseradish-mustard-mayonnaiseSee full menu here.

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Jacoby’s Burger

Jacoby’s Burger is HBC’s vaunted burger joint. They use only 100%, non-frozen, Australian Wagyu beef. Each patty is made with 230 grams of beef and all the vegetables are fresh and organic. What’s special about Jacoby’s is that you can have your burger just the way you want it. There are multiple options regarding the bread, patties, veggies, cheese and sauces. See full menu here.
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Cali Kitchen

Cali Kitchen isn’t known just for their burgers, they also sell yummy burritos, nachos and a whole range of California inspired food. The flavors are probably the closest you can find to the food eaten back in California. The restaurant makes its own salsas, sour cream and other sauces from scratch. See full menu here

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Supermarket White Burger Stand

Recently opened, this new burger spot is sells some tasty and inexpensive burgers in HBC. There are six different burgers on the menu with the ultra-smashed cheeseburger being the signature dish. See full menu here

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Rye Post

Originally known for their sandwiches, which should be dually noted, Rye Post is cooking up some tasty burgers. Starting a few years back, Rye Post added burgers to their menu and they are definitely as good, especially the All American. This burger ticks all the boxes, the thin double patties with melted cheddar cheese and topped fixings is just superb. The homemade buns are baked fresh daily. See full menu here

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Southside Parlor

Generally regarded as cocktail bar that sells all types of cocktails, from a tasty Moscow Mule to a Corpse Reviver, Southside Parlor is no slouch in the kitchen. They serve delicious food like sandwiches, tacos, chicken and burgers. The Southside Burger is a topper, served with caramelized onions, sharp cheddar cheese and sweet potato chips. See full menu here

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Firebell

Like the name suggests, Firebell has a fire station theme going on. The whole restaurant is decorated in a red and white checker pattern. Each burger has a firefighter themed name and the decorations are really quirky. The burgers are equally impressive. The patties are thick and yummy American style burgers. See full menu here

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Brooklyn The Burger Joint

One of the best fresh ground burger shops in the whole of Seoul, they use high quality meat that is freshly grounded each day. Their most famous burger is the C.R.E.A.M burger—cheddar rules everything around the meat. This started out as a small restaurant near Seorae Maeul and has now multiple spots across Seoul. Photo courtesy of 김혜린. See full menu here.
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Rocka Doodle

Not your traditional burger, Rocka Doodle is serving up some Nashville chicken burgers.  The best dish is the Grandpa, made with tender chicken thigh, American cheese, scallion mayo and lots of vegetables. You can also choose how hot you want your sauce as there are 3 different levels of spiciness, the mild, hot and fire. See full menu here.

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I Am a Burger &

This restaurant opened 10 years back and is serving the most delicious burgers. It started as a tiny restaurant in the Hongdae area but now have several locations throughout the city.  What makes them special is the home-baked buns. See full menu here

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Shuttle 2018 VIP Program

vip-logo2Why is Shuttle finally doing a VIP program?
Shuttle is an English friendly food delivery service that delivers from Seoul’s best foreign restaurants. We launched our company in 2014 with two goals; first, we wanted to make delivery more accessible for foreigners who couldn’t speak Korean. Second, we wanted to expand restaurant options that were available for delivery. We wanted to give more options for consumers, both in terms of what types of cuisine are available for delivery, and how they can place and pay for orders. At present we deliver in the following areas: Yongsan-gu, Gangnam-gu, Jongno-gu, Jung-gu, Seodaemun-gu, Mapo-gu, Seocho-gu, Anjung-ri and Songtan.

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Now we want offer even more from us! This VIP program is all about you, and building lasting bridges in our community. This VIP program is about promoting unity among the people supporting us. We hope the benefits of being in our VIP program will want you to continue to support our initiative to leave a lasting impression in the global community of Seoul.

What benefits do Shuttle VIP customers receive?

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One free delivery fee every month (4,000 KRW value) on an order with the food value over 25,000 KRW
Delivery Fee rebate of 10% credited to your Shuttle account for all delivery fees paid during your status as a VIP customer. For example, you paid 250,000 KRW in delivery fees between June 1st – June 30th; on July 1st your Shuttle account will be credited 25,000 KRW (10% of delivery fees). You can use the credit any way you’d like.
Free delivery credit on your birthday every year. Invites to Shuttle customer appreciation events throughout the year

How do I become a Shuttle VIP customer?

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You can become a Shuttle VIP customer two ways:
You are a member of an organization that has partnered with Shuttle to offer its members Shuttle VIP status.
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Your orders on Shuttle the previous calendar month totaled more than 750,000 KRW. For example, if your order total between June 1st – June 30th was 751,000 KRW then your account will automatically be elevated to Shuttle VIP status between July 1st – July 31st.

Can I lose my status as a Shuttle VIP customer?
Yes, Shuttle VIP status is checked every six months with partner organizations to ensure members are still an active part of said organization. If you cease to be an active member your Shuttle VIP status will be revoked. Shuttle status for Shuttle customers will automatically be checked every month, if your order total was lower than 750,000 KRW between June 1st – June 30th your Shuttle VIP status will be removed starting July 1st.

Does becoming a Shuttle VIP customer cost money?
You cannot buy VIP membership. At present only people who are partnered with organizations Shuttle cooperates with or Shuttle Delivery customers spending over 750,000 KRW per calendar month are eligible for VIP status.

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How do I get access to Shuttle VIP through my local organization or group? Here is the Sponsorship Application process!

Application Process
Organizations are welcome to submit sponsorship proposals to partners@shuttledelivery.co.kr.
Proposals should include the following:
Description and history of the organization, event or program the applicant wants Shuttle to sponsor.
Explanation of why Shuttle should sponsor particular organization, event and/or program, including sponsorship benefits to Shuttle.
Audience demographics for event or program.
Sponsorship levels available, including a list of other partners, if applicable.
Sponsorship levels and costs associated with each level.
Deadline for sponsorship decision.
Post-event evaluation process.
Existing sponsors.
Before submitting any proposal, the sponsorship Evaluation Criteria listed below should be considered.

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Evaluation Criteria
Sponsorship proposals are evaluated against several criteria. These criteria have been developed to ensure that Shuttle establishes sponsorship relationships that will mutually benefit our corporation and the partnering organization.
Proposals are evaluated for:
Tangible business benefits associated with the partnership.
Positive exposure consistent with Shuttle’s brands.
Hyper-local scope, with the ability to mobilize members on a local level.
Opportunity to create long-term value.
Opportunity to reach targeted audiences and build relationships.
Ability to create cross-promotional initiatives.
Potential for long-term, sustainable partnerships and/or relationships, that allows Shuttle to connect to its target consumers and market its products and services.
Demonstrated experience in delivering added value to current or previous sponsors.

셔틀 딜리버리 럭키 로또 라이브

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안녕하세요! 셔틀 딜리버리를 사랑해주시는 여러분! 셔틀 딜리버리를 모두 아껴주시는 모든 분들이 참여하여 흥미를 느끼실 수 있는 색다른 프로그램을 소개하려고 합니다. 얼마 전 셔틀 식구들과 모여 어떻게 하면 셔틀 딜리버리가 제공하는 배달 서비스 뿐만아닌 커뮤니티와 더 많은 교류를 일으킬수 있는지 새로운 방법을 모색하다가, 음식 주문시 추가적으로 좀더 색다르고 기대되는 체험을 하신다면 어떨까 하고 생각했습니다.

정확하고 제 시간에 배달 서비스를 재미를 더해 받아보시면 어떨까요?

매주 목요일 오후 5시, 셔틀 페이스북 라이브로 “럭키 로또 라이브”를 진행합니다. 본 로또 행사는 셔틀을 이용한 수익 창출을 위한 것이 아니며, 가입하기 위해서는 숫자를 구매할 필요가 없습니다. 셔틀을 통해 평소처럼 음식을 주문할 때마다 자동으로 매겨진 번호를 제공해드리며, 만약 당첨이 되실 경우 상품을 받기 위해 티켓이 추가적으로 필요하지 않습니다.

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왜 로또냐구요? 재미 있고 모험적인 프로그램을 선사하여 셔틀을 사랑해주시는 고객들에게 보답하고자 합니다! 매주 우승 번호를 확인하는 즐거움뿐만 아니라 당첨 상품들도 기대해주시기 바랍니다.

당첨의 여부는 주문 확인 페이지 또는 주문 확인 이메일 하단에 표시된 6개의 번호로 최소 4 자리 숫자를 매치해 주실 경우 상품을 제공해드립니다.

주문 번호 확인방법은 셔틀 배달에서 주문을 하신뒤  주문 확인 페이지 하단과 발송 된 확인 이메일에 행운의 럭키 로또 라이브 번호가 표시됩니다.

당첨 번호는 매주 목요일 오후 5시에 페이스북 라이브를 통해 생중계로 발표해 드립니다. 참가자 모든 분들이 당첨 여부를 생중계를 통해 확인을 부탁드리지만 만약 생중계를 놓치신다면 셔틀의 유튜브 채널을 찾아주셔서    재시청을 하셔도 됩니다.

당첨된 상품을 어떻게 받을수있냐구요 ?  당첨번호 발표한 그 주로 부터 다음 회까지 1주일간 번호를 확인하여 당첨된 상품 요청 을 할수 있습니다.

당첨 상품은 4개의 숫자가 일치할 경우 셔틀 딜리버리 무료 배송 (4,000 원) , 5개의 숫자가 일치할 경우 5 만원 상당의 상품권 및 셔틀 후드 티 (Shuttle Hoodie)를 드리며 최고의 우승상품 그랜드 프라이즈로 6개의 숫자가 일치 할경우 대상에게 셔틀 딜리버리의 전기 스쿠터를 드립니다!

 

 

 

Announcing Shuttle’s Lucky Lotto Live!

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We are about to embark on another fun concept which we hope you’ll all participate in and get excited about. The other day our team was at Shuttle HQ  brainstorming of cool ways to engage more with the community besides just delivering your favorite dishes from your favorite restaurants. We thought, “Why not make ordering from us even more exciting by raising the stakes a little higher while still focusing on the core element of delivering the food accurately and on time?”

Every Thursday at 5:00 PM we are launching a weekly lotto via Shuttle Facebook Live, the name will be, Lucky Lotto Live! This lotto event is not intended for Shuttle Delivery to make any type of profit and you are not required to purchase a set of numbers in order to participate. You will automatically get a number after every order you place on Shuttle; no physical ticket will ever be required to claim your prize.

Why are we starting Lucky Lotto Live? It’s fun and we want to give back to our loyal customers in a fun and adventurous way! We hope you will really appreciate the prizes that can be won as well as the excitement of checking your numbers every week.

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What are the prizes?

The prizes range from free delivery (4,000 KRW) for those that match four numbers; to gift certificates of 50,000 KRW and a Shuttle hoodie for five number winners; to the grand prize of free delivery fees for a year!

How do you win?

You must match at least four of the winning Lucky Lotto Live numbers with the numbers listed on the bottom of your order confirmation page or confirmation email.

How do you check the order numbers?

Each order that you make with Shuttle will have a Lucky Lotto Live number at the bottom of the order confirmation page as well as on each confirmation email sent out.

When can you win?

The drawing will be held every Thursday at 5:00 PM on Facebook Live. We hope you all tune in to see if you won but we will also upload the weekly show on Shuttle’s Youtube channel to view later in the week if you miss the live show.

What are the conditions for claiming your prize? You have all the way up until the the following week’s Lucky Lotto Live to claim your prize.

 

 

April showers bring…LONGER Shuttle operating hours!

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Hello to all you lovely Seoulites and congrats on making it through a very cold Seoul winter. Thank you for supporting us and helping us blow past previous order records; obviously, we wouldn’t be able to keep growing if it weren’t for you guys. With every order we aim to up our game and strive to give ya’ll the easiest & best possible delivery experience.

 

April Showers bring…LONGER hours! Yep, you read that correctly; starting April 2nd we will start service at 11:00 AM and accept orders through midnight. We will NO LONGER be having a lunch break during the weekdays between 3:00 and 4:30 PM, we’ll remain open all day. Previously our hours of operation were from 11:30 AM to 9:30 PM with a break between 3:00 – 4:30 PM, so this gives you guys four and a half more hours to get food delivered directly to your doorstep. We’ve had many customers request longer delivery hours because they work late, we hope this helps you guys out! We’ll test the new hours for one month, then re-evaluate how popular staying open past 9:30 is; if popular we will keep the extended hours. Please keep in mind that many of our partner restaurants close between 9:00 – 10:00 PM, but don’t worry, we’ll do our best to curate a selection ample enough to satisfy your late night Crave-ings!

 

We really want to add more features to help make our service more convenient and satisfying for our Shuttle Family. So if you guys ever have any suggestions or feedback please let us know and we will do our very best to get those sorted as quickly as possible. Thanks so much for choosing Shuttle as your delivery service, we really appreciate all the support we get from you guys. Next time you feel we’ve completed a five star “worthy” delivery it would be AMAZING if you could rate us on the App Store, Google Play, or Facebook. As a small business we need all the SEO help we can get and positive reviews definitely help us with potential new customers.

 

Newest Additions in February 2018 at Shuttle Delivery

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Can you believe that it’s March already?  Spring is here and Shuttle Delivery has added  more restaurants in different Seoul neighborhoods including Gangnam. February felt even shorter this year than years past but it did not stop us from adding more partner restaurants for you guys. We are very excited to introduce them all to you. Let’s get started!

 

1. Kung Thale (Thai Restaurant in Garosugil area)

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Kung Thale is proud to present authentic local food from Thailand. With 30 years of experience, Chef Pinang’s aim is to introduce customers to the best Thai cuisines in the Garasugil neighborhood of Gangnam.

30년 경력의 호텔 셰프 출신 “피낭”이 선보이는 태국정통의 로컬푸드를 만나 보실수 있습니다.

  • Food Type: Thai
  • Price range: 9500 ~17000 won
  • Hours: 11:00 – 9:00

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2. Redbrick Bistro (Itaewon location)

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If you have never been to Southern Europe but you want to experience its homestyle food and ambience, then you are in luck! You can do so now at Red Brick Bistro in Itaewon. They have a wide variety of homestyle European cuisine such as: Spanish tapas,  Italian pizzas, pastas, risottos, and gnocchi. Get it delivered to your door in Seoul with Shuttle Delivery or escape to Europe when you step into their restaurant.

남부 유럽에 한번도 가본적이 없지만, 그곳의 가정식 음식과 분위기를 즐기시고 싶다면 이제 이태원에 위치한 레드브릭 비스트로에서 경험하실 수 있습니다. 스페인의 타파, 이탈리아 피자나 파스타가 있습니다. 그리고 리조또와 뇨끼도 한번 드셔 보셔야 합니다. 서울에 여러분의 집으로 배달을 받던지 아니면 레스토랑에 발을 디딧는 순간 유럽으로 떠나 보시죠.

  • Food Type:  South Europe
  • Price range: 12000 ~20000 won
  • Hours: 11:00 – 9:00

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3. Mantang Sushi (Nonhyun location)

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Mangtang Sushi is one of the best known Japanese sushi restaurants in the Gangnam area. They serve numerous authentic Japanese foods but their specialty is sushi. We are very excited to add one of the better sushi joints in the Gangnam area to Shuttle Delivery roster. Their fish portions are large and always taste fresh. Their sushi is the perfect balance of special rice used and the quality of the sashimi itself

이 일본 스시 식당은 강남 지역에서 가장 잘 알려진 일본 식당 중에 하나입니다. 정통 일본 음식, 스시를 주로 판매합니다. 강남 지역에 많은 일본 식당은 있지만 저희 셔틀 딜리버리에 같이 하게 되어 너무나 기쁜 일입니다. 생선 양은 크고 신선합니다. 밥은 스시와 사시미와 완벽한 조화를 이룹니다.

 

  • Food Type: Japanese Sushi
  • Price range: 12000 ~20000 won
  • Hours: 11:00 – 10:00

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4. Thai Kitchens (Gangnam location)

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We just can’t get enough of those really good Thai restaurants and we think you will feel the same way once you try Thai Kitchen. Thai Kitchen offers an extensive Thai menu that will surely satisfy anyone; no matter if they are a new or veteran Thai food lover. We already have many repeat customers ordering through Shuttle Delivery, even though its only been a few weeks of partnership.

타이 음식은 많을 수록 좋다고 저희는 생각하고 여러분도 공감 하실거라고 봅니다. 타이키친은 광범위한 메뉴가 있고 타이 음식에 초보이던지 경험이 많은 미식가 이던지 만족을 드릴거라고 봅니다. 이미 벌써 셔틀 딜리버리에서 단골 손님들이 생겨났습니다.

  • Food Type: Thai
  • Price range: 9500 ~17000 won
  • Hours: 11:00 – 9:00

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5. Mogador (Hongik Univ location)

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Moroccan restaurant, Mogador in the Hongdae area has joined Shuttle Delivery offering their signature dish, “shawarma”. This dish is going to knock your socks off! A handful of everyday Moroccan spices makes for an incredible chicken, beef, or shrimp shawarma marinade that infuses the meat with exotic Middle Eastern flavours. Shawarma wraps are served with french fries and a coke, try this once and you’ll be addicted!

모로코 식당인 홍대 지역의 모가도르는 식당 대표 메뉴인 “샤왈마”를 가지고 셔틀 딜리버리와 같이 하게 되었습니다. 이 요리는 여러분을 깜짝 놀라게 할 정도로 맛있습니다. 매일 신선한 몇가지 향료로 닭고기, 소고기, 새우 샤왈마의 양념을 만들어지고 고기는 이국적인 중동풍의 맛을 돋웁니다. 샤왈마 랩은 감자 튀김과 콜라와 함께 제공됩니다. 한번 드시면 중독이 되실겁니다.

  • Food Type: Moroccan
  • Price range: 12000~13000 won
  • Hours: 11:00 – 9:00

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Introduce Your Friends to Shuttle & Eat for Free!

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We want to grow our community and reach out to all the people in Seoul who haven’t heard that they can order more than chicken and pizza. And you can help us do it.

We started this very exciting initiative about a year ago to help everyone learn about getting great food delivered right to their doors. It’s a referral program where we are offering new user’s first order delivery fee with us to be exempt. We will cover the 4,000 won cost of the new referred customer and we will offer the referrer something valuable in return as well! We think this is a great opportunity for all participating referrers because essentially you are giving away something very useful to your friends, church community, family members, roommates, sports teammate, etc. while also getting Shuttle credit for yourself.

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If you love Shuttle Delivery and you love free stuff, then you definitely want to get in on this: You earn ₩ 4,000 in Shuttle credit for each friend that you get to sign up. Your account will be credited after their first order. You can also click one of the social media buttons on our “Tell a Friend” Shuttle page to automatically post it to Facebook, tweet it, or email it. Referrers get a unique referral code to share with whomever they choose, so that every time they get a new person to try our service, the referrer gets paid in Shuttle credit.  

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We hope everyone helps us spread the word on this very exciting initiative! Our company was formed by a bunch of expats who decided to solve a food delivery problem plaguing the Seoul foreign community for a very long time; so we want our Shuttle Delivery service to continue to spread in order for it to be used by more and more foreigners within our previously neglected expat community. Do your neighbor a favor and tell them about Shuttle Delivery today!

 

Why is Shuttle Such a Diverse Place for Authentic Foreign Food?

How does the Shuttle team choose the partner restaurants which it lists on the Shuttle Delivery website?

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When Shuttle was first formed in Seoul as two separate companies 3 years ago; it had a hard time convincing restaurants to join the service. There were a lot of difficult negotiations because the restaurant owners didn’t trust a bunch of guys delivering their precious creations all over town. We had no reputation, clout, respect or standing in the community since nothing like this type of service existed before. So many restaurant owners had a very tenuous relationship with us at the beginning.  So we had to work hard to gain their trust, so our customers would eventually have the best selection of restaurants in the city!

screen-shot-2017-01-29-at-1-29-23-amEven now we only deliver for restaurants that have made the formal choice to join us; because we only want partners who really want to work with us. We know this type of relationship will translate to an overall better experience for our customers, as well as a way to simplify the ordering process. We also get a administrative fee from our restaurant partners, which helps us keep the delivery fee costs to our customers lower. It’s so important to really vet restaurant partners in order to choose the ones which are the best fits for our delivery system.

screen-shot-2017-01-29-at-1-28-39-amWe have learned from operating this business for this long that there are certain pillars of the food delivery world that people really need.  All other types of cuisine are nice but the pillars have to be available so that customers will be fully satisfied with their ordering experience.  The 6 top pillars of our food delivery service include Thai food, Mexican food, Pizza, Indian Food, Chicken, and Burgers. We knew if we structured our food options around these pillars, we would have more satisfied customers. These pillars are still our top sellers but people like variety which is why we have all these different partners for our customers to choose from.

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We really wanted to be known for the most delicious, authentic and diverse array of restaurants in town. So we started working extremely hard to recruit the most knowledgeable eaters in Seoul.  Friends of ours who we knew ate out a lot started us off in the right direction but then as we grew as a company, we hired team members to actively search through all the blogs, review sites, etc. to add the most liked restaurants on those. “Restaurant Buzz Seoul” was a very influential group for us because it features a lot of very passionate foodies with a lot of strong opinions.  We usually go with the policy even now that if one restaurant is getting at least 5 reviews then we will send a business development agent to negotiate a contract with the restaurant.

screen-shot-2017-01-29-at-1-30-46-amFinally we had to trust our consumers. We would hear a lot of mixed reviews about certain restaurants which we were skeptical about recruiting but we eventually allowed them to join our roster in order to give our customers more choices.  We learned that this was much better than not allowing the restaurants with mixed reviews, and only allowing partners with stellar reviews.  As a result more customers began to learn about new favorites, and we now offer over 200 restaurants for delivery in Seoul! We had to allow our customers to dictate the breadth of choices on Shuttle Delivery.  We take a lot of pride in being a company made by foreign food enthusiasts designed for the local Seoul foreign foodie. We are members of the community so we will never rest in order to make sure that this same community gets the best variety of delicious foods possible.

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Eating Differently

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Have you recently considered eating differently?Veganism? Food-Prep? Paleo?There are a lot of options nowadays. Choosing to eat differently can be a huge decision in one’s life. This is not just because of you experiencing different tastes, as well as exhibiting more dietary self control; but also because your social circle will not be going on this food change journey with you. So naturally you will receive a lot of stares, questions, concerns, etc, if your social circle catches wind of you attempting to change your eating lifestyle. But this is mostly due to food having more meaning to people than just sustenance. Our families and social circles consider food as a way to connect deeply and not just energy necessary to move our bodies. The consumption of food has so many more implications than just a meal going into our stomach, so we have to be thoughtful when it comes to changing the way we eat. So what can help us take the leap to eat differently when it can cause a strain on our social lives?

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One of the very most important ways to deal with eating differently than others is to be confident in what you’re doing. Continue to eat with family and friends so that you can maintain your connection with them, but be sure to choose a dish that suits your new dietary needs. Be strong with your dedication to your new lifestyle and don’t allow peer pressure to send you off course or make you feel uncomfortable. Don’t hide your new approach to food for the sake of avoiding discomfort. If someone around you is concerned that the way you are eating is unhealthy, give them the facts. Tell them what types of nutrients you’re getting through your new choice of foods, how much newfound energy you’ve gained, and be sure to be honest.

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First, there’s the issue of trying to eat healthier while also getting enough of your necessary calories. Others might think you are fad “dieting” because you are choosing lower calorie options which are more plant based or less processed but it’s important to communicate that your change is based on a thoroughly researched lifestyle choice and not just a fleeting diet. Without clear communication some people may see you as someone with a diet “problem.” The thing is, you can still choose to eat what you want, and even differently than others, without it becoming a social problem. It’s important to continue eating with them and not isolating yourself from meal times because of eating differently because it will help you stay the course.

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What are some food choices to consider changing to? Well the vegan lifestyle is a very polarising diet choice which has gotten more popular in recent years.  Veganism has come a long way in terms of public perception in the last few years. Once almost exclusively reserved for peace-loving hippies, tree-huggers and animal rights enthusiasts, now has a variety of health conscious people taking an interest in it. This totally animal-free diet’s popularity is now at an all-time high. Celebrities like ex-president Bill Clinton are helping to lead the charge by getting more people to know about it.

 

But before you jump on the no-meat-eggs-or-dairy bandwagon, you should know what you’re getting into. Here are things to expect when you’re going vegan. Swapping out meat for white bread, pasta, and other packaged foods can set you up for failure when going vegan. It’s typically not great to trade in animal products, which contain protein, vitamins, and minerals, for processed foods that provide little nutritional value other than calories. It will technically be vegan but the true result will be hunger, weight gain, and a grumpier mood. So it’s best to not just wake up one morning magically become vegan. It takes work, so it should also take time. Start by adding more plant-based foods to your current diet, while at the same time cutting back on animal products. Next gradually cut those processed, and refined foods. Making slight changes and assessing how you are feeling along the way is so vital to making a real change. Also knowing that you will need to to supplement those nutrients missing from not eating animal products. Nutrients like protein, and vitamin B12 are naturally found in animal based foods and are very important to keeping us healthy.  Protein can easily be replaced by eating lentils, tofu, nuts, etc. but vitamin B12 is not as easy to replace. Vitamin B12 occurs naturally only in animal foods, so you’ll want to stock up on B12 vitamins. B12 keeps the body’s nerve and blood cells healthy and helps to make our DNA. B12 deficiencies can lead to tiredness, weakness, constipation, weight loss (the bad kind), nerve problems, and depression.

 

Trying different food options in Seoul can be even more challenging due to the cultural differences in what’s acceptable to eat at meals in social situations.  Koreans place a lot of value on eating together as a way to connect and not eating what the group eats can be a bit disruptive to the group’s chemistry. So different types of food lifestyle choices are much slower to get to Korea because of these cultural issues. But more options have been showing up recently such as:

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Sprout- a great vegan meal prep system. They create vegan based subscription meals for people to order for delivery. They take the guesswork out of going vegan because they allow the customer to choose their meal subscriptions by the week, month, etc.  So customers can just receive the variety of meals; eat them for that week all without stressing and thinking about what to eat!   https://www.facebook.com/sproutseoul/ Located at 1-54 Yongsandong 2-ga, Yongsan-gu

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Plant – vegan bakery and cafe. This location changes it’s menu everyday for a nice exciting change which helps those that get tired of boring low calorie diets.  Their baked goods are loved by vegans, as well as anyone else who likes great baked delicacies. I guess the biggest compliment you can give them is that nothing made at Plant makes you feel that it’s too healthy tasting. https://www.facebook.com/STUDIOPLANT/?hc_ref=PAGES_TIMELINE Located at Yongsan-gu, Itaewon-dong 63-15

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SpoonMe – Another great vegan and vegetarian meal-to-go service. When it comes to eating healthy, they truly believe that being good should never be boring or flavorless. They specifically attack the struggle of trying to eat food that is both healthy and delicious. SpoonMe, specifically  doesn’t believe in dieting, so they create dishes delicious enough to be in anyone’s food lifestyle. They recently teamed up with Shuttle Delivery Service and moved their operations to High Street Market. Now, when placing an order on their site, you will be re-directed to Shuttle’s website. There are 3 options for you to receive your order: 1. Monday Delivery for those living in the Yongsan – gu area. 2. Pick up at High Street Market in Itaewon. 3. Cj 택배 for surrounding Seoul and every other part of Korea. https://www.facebook.com/groups/spoonmeseoul/

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Blend Lab – A smoothie focused cafe. Try drinking a daily smoothie. Breakfast can be kind of a train wreck when in your 20s. Forgetting to eat in the morning will only make you more tired and hungrier later. Try to start nearly every morning with something nourishing like a smoothie; with classic favorites like almond milk-peanut butter-banana combo or a green smoothie with spinach. Starting the day with something gives us energy and a clear head. Blend Lab in Itaewon boasts the most authentic smoothies in town. Located at 용산구 이태원동 455-23; Seoul, South Korea 04351

 

If you don’t like sandwiches and eat them everyday for lunch just to seem normal to others, quit eating those sandwiches! Listen to your body and eat what makes you feel nice, helps you look better, and what helps your mind function in the best possible way. If you get headaches, stomachaches, or you are easily tired and fatigued, then listen to your body. Too much caffeine, sugar, and nasty fats could taste great but won’t keep your body happy in the long term. But real, unprocessed clean foods will. If all else fails, you can always listen to the signs coming from your body.  If it isn’t digesting food well, listen to it and try something else. It will always be there to try to tell you something.

 

Shuttle Delivery vs 3rd Annual Route 66 Chili Cook Off

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Recently Shuttle Delivery was invited to the Annual Route 66 Chili Cook Off. This was the 3rd Annual Route 66 Chili Cook Off: Sponsored by Berentzen. They have had more participants and attendees every year since its launch in 2013. 1st place chili takes around 350,000, 2nd 150,000, 3rd a bottle of Berentzen liqueur. Cook-off participants donate 60,000 won for the pot, which allows the winners to receive their compensation after the competition from that pot. Tickets were 25,000 won for attendees. Route 66 limits the amount of tickets sold at around 60 – 70 attendees so it’s best to move fast on buying tickets in order to get a spot. Tickets for the Cook Off sold out in less than 24 hours this year.

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Most people have such an endearing affection for Chili, which is why the amount of enthusiasm has increased exponentially since the launch of the Route 66 Chili Cook Off. There are so many kinds of chili with varieties that vary depending on the make, and spice levels. There are meat only versions, as well as veggie, and vegan among others. The Cook Off participants just bring their best chili with enough for attendees to sample and Route 66 provides the bowls, onions, cheese, and sour cream.

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Route 66’s intent was to find the best chili makers in Seoul to make some of their favorite batches and see who would reign supreme. All while giving the attendees a chance to gather in one place to peruse the different styles and enjoy a few bowls of some mighty fine chili.

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Last year’s 2015 Chili Cook Off, Route 66 hosted 12 different varieties from 12 different participants, and this year there were 12 participants again but more attendees. 2016 saw many types of chilis; there was lamb, vegan, a bacon chipotle, a pulled pork chili, a super spicy chili, a meat combo chili, and others. The winner for the 2016 3rd Annual Route 66 Chili Cook Off: Sponsored by Berentzen was Chuck Chun from Cali Kitchen, with his very nice Braised Short Rib Chili! Shuttle Delivery came up a little short this year but still winning 3rd place. Ryan Philips was representing Shuttle Delivery for this event; and for our first outing, we had to be proud of the results of at least placing 3rd out of 12 participants.  But rest assured that Mr. Philips guarantees he won’t be satisfied with 3rd for next year and wants to win it all next year.

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Ryan Phillips has taken on a great Kitchen Consulting position with Shuttle Delivery recently and he has been very integral for Shuttle Delivery’s future plans for ready-made microwaveable premium delivered meals. Shuttle Delivery and Ryan are working out the kinks of this project to hopefully launch it full-scale sometime soon.  Maybe his delightful chili will be one of the offerings he provides customers with once those ready-made microwaveable meals are available for delivery. He has proven to be a very capable and exciting chef with a ton of energy. We believe with the help of Ryan Philips, Shuttle Delivery will continue to innovate how Seoul residents enjoy their meals.