I don’t know how many times I’ve driven past this restaurant but we finally popped in last weekend to try it out.
Katsumama looks fairly ordinary from the outside; a building like any other in Jungdong, not far from Emart. As a family, we all enjoy our rice dishes, the udon noodles and the typical pork cutlet served with all the trimmings so, going off the name of the restaurant, I figured we’d find something we’d all enjoy. Now don’t get me wrong the food was lovely, but that’s not why I’m writing this little review!
Once you walk around the side of the restaurant to where the main entrance stands you are greeted by the cutest little ‘courtyard’ which really should have given me a clue as to what was waiting for us inside, but it didn’t! The ground floor doesn’t belong to the restaurant so you head straight upstairs where the main restaurant is. Nice, airy, windows that open right back on a nice summer’s day to give a breeze and the kitchen set partially in view. The menu is in English and Korean (and you have a few pictures if that isn’t enough!) and everyone we spoke to managed well in English.
The food portions were extremely generous and we didn’t need to order as much as we did but everyone enjoyed trying a bit of everything; from risottos and pastas, to salads and local dishes.
The reason I was actually so nicely surprised by this restaurant, was when we went upstairs yet another flight of stairs to a second floor of dining. This was effectively on their rooftop and they have made this into a real focal point, so much so, that we didn’t want to go back downstairs!
With dining that is still undercover yet opens out completely on to wooden decking, they’ve then made the quaintest little of gardens! Complete with park benches, potted plants, flowers and lanterns,this place just screams ‘cute’! Quite the spot to take some selfies (as I witnessed for myself) or a place to sit and relax before/after your meal, it really was such a nice, unexpected addition to this eatery.
This restaurant worked for us as a family with young children but would also be great for groups of friends. While you don’t have a view, the open-style dining area and terrace was a really nice feature and one i’d go back for when wanting somewhere quick to eat. It wasn’t overly overcrowded early on in the evening, even though it was the weekend. I’ll make a nice spot to enjoy a summer’s evening in Busan now that the season is open us.
Here are some of the items they had on the menu with starters includnig soups and salads, and mains covering everything from noodle and rice dishes to pizzas and pasta! There was a good drinks list that offered both bottled and draft beer as well as green teas, sodas and soft drinks and even a mojito slushie!
The restaurant is in Jungdong in easy walking distance form the metro station of the same name (Line 2, stop 202). It’s on the same side of the street as Emart, and a block up in the direction of Dalmaji.