New Start Restaurant

Overall rating: 4.5 stars 10 Reviews
Restaurant and health food shop. All-you-can-eat buffet, around 12,000 won per adult, features brown rice, whole grain bread, olive oil, natural seasonings, organic ingredients and seasonal vegetables from a restaurant-owned farm. Shop open 9:00-21:00. Address in Korean: 서울 강남구 대치동 897-8. Price: Inexpensive more-less
Vegan, Organic, Korean, Buffet
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Reviews

First Review by Kabalan
DanielRoehrig
DanielRoehrig
2

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  • vegan

Cold food

3 Posted on 04 / 10 / 2014

While not being particularly bad, this restaurant is not very good either. The atmosphere is a bit rushed and the food is a bit bland and mostly cold. It's healthy and the bread and the fruits are a great, but it's just not enough to justify going there twice.

Pros: Fruits, bread, easy to find
Cons: Cold food, bland taste, a bit busy
Veganwang
Veganwang
2

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  • vegan

Cheap and good!

5 Posted on 04 / 07 / 2013

VEGAN restaurant! You will get a variety of food for Korean buffet at 15000 won/pax. My favourites: very nice soy milk which you will not get it else where. Spicy rice cake- can tell its cooked for very long, the rice cake is soak with the sauce. Kimchi- not salty, best Kimchi I've had in Seoul.
Banana cake is good! I'll give a 10/10 for their food. Its worth your $$ and this place definitely will be my top favourite!

Pros: excellent food, english speaking staff, value for $$
hmscookie
hmscookie
9

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  • vegan

meh

3 Posted on 10 / 11 / 2012

This restaurant is okay. Not great, not terrible. Some of the food was nice, some was cold, and some was a bit gross. I'm glad I tried this restaurant, but I wouldn't go back. The best part was the "peanut butter jam" they had at the end of the buffet table.. yum.


Aya
Aya
65

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  • vegan

Nice restaurant

5 Posted on 04 / 20 / 2012

There surely are better buffets in Seoul (for example Achasan, but then again, it all depends on one's preferences), but New Start is still a very good option and definitely worth visiting. The food is tasty and healthy, and there are many different options.

Pros: Nice food, Nice atmosphere, Family owned
Cons: Can become crowded
smithintaiwan
smithintaiwan
13

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  • vegetarian

Getting expensive, but still good

3 Posted on 04 / 26 / 2011

The price has been raised to 13,200. Although the food is definitely healthy, it's not the tastiest veg restaurant in Korea. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the meal and it is certainly worth one visit. If you eat a lot of food, the buffet is good value. Otherwise, this restaurant feels expensive for the food on offer. I suppose I'm undecided.

Pros: Healthy
Cons: Expensive, Buffet
beroccstar
beroccstar
4

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  • vegetarian

Great value, great variety, very healthy

4 Posted on 03 / 27 / 2011

Hard to beat the value for money at this place. They put on a great spread and whilst it's not the very top of the cuisine pyramid (some of the flavourings are a bit blander than most), it's definitely not bad either and it's really healthy, which for me is important. Came away feeling full and content - will probably be back again, if not for dinner then certainly for lunch. The ambience was pro

Pros: all vegan, cheap, healthy
Cons: ambience, slightly bland flavours
mfoy
mfoy
14

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  • vegan

Yummy Buffet

5 Posted on 09 / 16 / 2010

Other reviewers have said it all. We ate here twice while in Seoul in Aug 2010. Not far from the COEX. Great price, great food, very fast since it is an all vegan buffet, and you can even buy a So Delicious coconut ice cream bar after your meal from the natural food store part of the restaurant (very small part of the restaurant).

Pros: Fast, Vegan, Good Value
kpoptim
kpoptim
1

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  • vegan

An Oasis of Delicious Vegan Food in Seoul

5 Posted on 07 / 19 / 2009

New Start is my favorite restaurant in Seoul. As a vegan, it can be challenging to find food options in South Korea, so I was excited when a friend introduced me to New Start. One note of caution to vegans: though the foods do not contain any sugar, some items do contain honey. If you are a vegan who cannot eat honey, you can ask the staff to point out which foods these are. Most of the staff speak English; they will be happy to let you know which foods contain honey. Everyone at the restaurant is extremeley kind and friendly.

Though the buffet selections do not change from one day to the next, the dinner buffet presents a wide variety of options (I have not yet been to the restaurant's lunch buffet). As an exercise enthusiast, I appreciate the availability of protein and carb-rich foods for after my workouts: tofu, yams, beans, pasta, and kimbab. Their spaghetti sauce is one of the best I've ever had. Other selections include juk (korean rice porridge), fresh fruits and vegetables, potatoes, bread and jams, and faux meat.

If you can't read Korean food labels, the vegan market located by the cash register is a great source of animal-free snacks for your stay in Seoul.

Pros: extremeley friendly and helpful staff, variety of healthy foods
apantelmann
apantelmann
1

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  • vegan

Fresh Vegetables and Fruit!!!

5 Posted on 07 / 16 / 2009

New Start is an excellent Vegetarian restaurant that has so much to offer. Great quality and nutrition in all their dishes. I like the black rice kimbap, whole grain bread with organic jams, fresh vegetable or fruit salads with dressing, and so much more. I will definitely make this my favorite place to eat in Seoul.

Pros: Excellent food, healthy cuisine, friendly staff
Cons: noisy , samples for store items
Kabalan
Kabalan
1

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  • vegan

Recommended to those with milder taste buds

5 Posted on 07 / 10 / 2009

During my many visits to this vegan restaurant, the food has been consistent and never disappointing. Vegetarians who prefer less salty and less spicy food will love this place owned and run by three generations of women, who do the cooking themselves. MMostly baked or steamed, the food is seldom oily, and I can almost taste the love and care devoted to the food. Quality of the ingredients is high, many of which are organic (from their affiliated farm) or handmade daily on the spot, including tofu and mock meat.

It is a self-service buffet with minimal service, so you're expected to find the seating yourself (unless you make a reservation) and even return your own used dishes to the right-hand corner at the open kitchen area (which is clean and professionally maintained) after you are done. But they are friendly and responsive. Because I have recently been extensively working and travelling overseas, I rarely go there these days, perhaps only a couple of times this year. Nonetheless, their genuine welcome never ceases to expire. No wonder the place is almost always bustling. Many of their customers are health conscious regulars. (They don't even use sugar here. Instead, fruits are used to sweeten their dishes.)

Probably the oldest vegetarian restaurant in South Korea with over 16 years in operation, this restaurant is located in the heart of Southern Seoul (aka Gangnam) and is wholeheartedly recommended to anyone interested in milder and healthier versions of Korean as well as western-style dishes, such as spagetti, cabbage rolls (one of my favorites), eggplant with mushroom and tomato, potatos baked with herbs, soy quesadilla, fruit salad with cashnut dressing, broccoli with mushroom, mock meat bulgogi, brown rice seaweed sushi, glass noodle (jab chae), rice cake (tok bok gi), pumpkin soup, cold noodle and others. You can check out their website. Although only in Korean, their sumptuous dishes are shown in colorful photos if you click on the left-hand icons under Menu section.

You can also buy mock meat and dumplings, bread and cookies, noodles and ramen, soy milk and fruit juice, dried fruits and nuts, and other health food items. The manager speaks some English.

Summation: A refreshing and welcome departure from typical hot and spicy food that took over most Korean eateries. Personally, it would be perfect if it goes garlic and (green) onion-free, though even now their judiciously sparing use of them is a rarity among Korean restaurants these days.

Pros: Utmost care devoted to food prep, Healthy cuisine and mild flavoring , Excellent food and good location
Cons: Liberal use of onion (avoided by some), Getting a little saltier than before, Perhaps too mild for spicy food lovers
  • Kabalan Kabalan

    Oops! I forgot to link their website, which is http://www.newstartvege.com/

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