Romantic Day Trip to Bonjour Restaurant & Cafe

Professor Oh January 19, 2014 3

Bonjour Restaurant & Cafe, pronounced as “bong-joo-roo” in Korean (봉주르), is made of multiple buildings. You have more than enough options to choose where you want to hangout with friends and loved ones. There are designated locations for eating, drinking and firing up your marshmallows!

romantic restaurant

Located approximately 20 miles east from central Seoul, the 90-minute drive is worth to take your date on a day trip. On the way to the restaurant, you’ll get a view of the Han River and pass by a wall covered by written confessions of love.

view of river at night

I recommend driving to Bonjour before sunset so you can get a clear view of the mountains and river. After the sun sets sit around the campfire and get toasty. Gather your friends, tell stories and laugh your butt off. Or share some smooches with your significant other.

I’ve been told Bonjour is more known for its ambiance than food. I agree the venue outshines the food. Regardless what my friends and I ordered was edible. Their Mung Bean Pancake (녹두빈대떡/nok-du-bin-dae-tteok) was simple and standard. It had a light crisp. Yummy in a bland sort of way. Cost: 15,000 won.

korean pancake

The Earthen Bowl of Yukgaejang (뚝배기 육개장/ttukbaegi yukgaejang) was slightly spicy. Bonjour’s looked more bold than its taste. FYI: Yukgaejang is a soup simmered for many hours with beef, scallions, chili peppers and other ingredients. Cost: 8,000 won.

spicy Korean meat stew

Their Pot of Sujebi (항아리 수제비/hangari sujebi) contained clams, zucchini and its usual hand-torn pieces of dough. It came with a little plate of chopped chili peppers. I poured in all the chili and ended up with a very spicy yet refreshing sujebi. It turned out to be even spicier than the yukgaejang! Cost: 8,000 won.

sujebi traditional soup with flour flakes

After dinner my friends and I changed location within Bonjour. We went inside the cafe building. We ordered and payed our drinks first then brought them over to the shoeless seating area. It was a Thursday night so it wasn’t too packed. In fact it was only us and a couple sharing the whole room.

cafe interior

Another view of one of the cafe areas. There is another seating option on the other side of this same building! You wear shoes on the other side.

bonjour cafe interior

Wherever you go within Bonjour, the lights are made of straw hats.

straw hat lighting

bonjour map

Address: 조안면 능내리 산68-3, 남양주시, 경기도
Jo-ahn-myeon neung-nae-ri san 68-3, Nam-yang-ju-shi, Gyeonggido

Phone number: +82 31-576-7711

To experience Bonjour via YouTube, watch KWOW episode 125:

3 Comments »

  1. Amy January 21, 2014 at 8:20 am - Reply

    This place looks a lot like the Heaven Earth and Man restaurant from the Kimchi Family kdrama. Very serene.

  2. Jose H January 19, 2014 at 1:28 pm - Reply

    Nice place and the food look delicious, yummy……..

  3. Gabe Santiago January 19, 2014 at 1:19 pm - Reply

    Great food, great ambiance; I say “bonjour” to “Bonjour Restaurant.” The views of the mountains are cool, especially, I suspect, after sunset. This eatery may well be your best recommendation, yet. Perhaps this place proves that a way to a persons’ heart, is through their stomachs. Ha-ha. Professor, you are a true romantic, at “heart”. ;;)♥

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