Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Fine Dining in Daejeon: Little Tomo

Some time has passed since the Harrington's found themselves dining at Little Tomo, however, as spring is in the air, it is time for some blog draft 'spring cleaning' and today dear readers, you can read about yet another fine dining option in Daejeon, South Korea.

If you've been in Daejeon for even just a few months you are likely familiar with 성심당 (sung sim dang) the famous bakery of Eunhaeng-dong. What you may not know is that their talent with food doesn't stop at Sung Sim Dang bakery, but expands within the Eunhaeng-dong neighborhood to include the Flying Pan (Italian Restaurant), Oven Story (Cafe, Nick-Knack Shop and Baking School), another restaurant which cannot be recalled at this time and Little Tomo (simple, Japanese style food).

If you've been in Daejeon long enough to discover Sung Sim Dang, then you've likely explored the Underground Shopping area of Jungang-ro Station. Thus doing, you've likely passed by the sweet little eatery with white walls and a quaint ambiance that is in fact called, Little Tomo.

If you've only passed this little eatery rather than stopping in for a bite to eat, we at The Harrington Times ask you to reconsider walking by and encourage you to stop in for a variety of fantastic donkatsu (fried pork cutlet) variations including Curry Cutlet and Cordon Bleu cutlet, the latter being particularly tasty.
And, while you're underground, you might as well continue exploring the various 'wings' until you stumble upon the short row of vendors fighting for your attention while offering
waffles, fresh juice and other sweet and ridiculously cheap treats. If you're in need of a recommendation, Melissa has been known to enjoy any of the numerous juices (kiwi, strawberry, pineapple, peach, melon, etc.) alongside a Caramel Waffle from the vendor with the bright green sign and named Tea Shop.

Getting There: Take any subway to Jungang-ro Station and start shopping/searching for juice or donkatsu down one of the 4 or 5 wings of this elaborate underground shopping experience.

P.S. If you have decent or excellent Korean Language skills, check out this video of the President of Sung Sim Dang who spoke at a TEDx event in Daejeon last spring. If you don't have Korean Language skills, you can still go to the video and read a short paragraph about this man and his business.

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