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Yun / Utre Enjoy the healthy Korean cuisine in the cosy restaurant of the Yun family

Yun / Utre

34 Elemag Str., Sofia
+359 2 963 0365
11:00 - 22:00
(Mon - Sun)
  • Kind: Restaurant
  • Vegetarian friendly
  • Cards Accepted

Tags: korean restaurant, yun / utre

Okhee Yun came to Bulgaria in 2003 with her husband and 7 year old daughter. Her husband’s brother had settled in Bulgaria for 15 years and decided to help the family of his youngest brother to come to Bulgaria.

What she likes the most about Bulgaria is nature. Her family’s favorite Bulgarian dish are stuffed peppers. Okhiy prepares them at home.

What she misses the most from her homeland are her loved ones and family. Her favorite childhood dish is samgeopsal – a dish that is cooked on the spot – a stove is put on the table and everyone bake their meat themselves, mostly pork.

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The restaurant was opened 14 years ago and was owned by of Okhiy’s brother-in-law, but after his departure to Korea, 3 years ago, Okhiy and her husband took over the family business.

In the beginning the restaurant was simply called Korean House, but later they renamed it to Yun (Yun) – the family name of Okhiy’s husband. Their company is called Utre, and because people are confused by the company logo above the door, some know their place as Utre, others – as Yun. They chose this name because Utre in Korean means “Garden of Eden” and the family liked the wordplay with the Bulgarian word for tomorrow.

It is worth visiting the restaurant for its authentic Korean food, prepared with carefully selected products and original spices imported directly from Korea. Korean cuisine is very healthy and balanced, and Koreans seek to maintain the taste of food as much as possible. “Sometimes customers complain that something has been delayed 30 minutes, but we don’t prepare anything in advance and don’t reheat pre-cooked meals, everything is cut and cooked the moment it’s ordered. We like to cook the traditional Korean way. “The place offers additional entertainment – in a small underground hall you can play billiards or sing karaoke – you just need to speak Korean, Japanese or Vietnamese.

In this restaurant they don’t adjust the food according to the Bulgarian taste. Next to every meal in the menu there is a symbol indicating how hot it is – one, two or three peppers, and dishes are prepared according to customer request. Meat is cooked separately from vegetables, so the restaurant is suitable for vegetarians.

The most frequent visitors to the restaurant are equally Bulgarians and foreigners. Foreigners are mainly Koreans, Russians and diplomats from embassies in the area.

Interview and photos: An Fam
Translation from Bulgarian: Boyan Boychev
Illustration: Ivan Bogdanov for Compote Collective
November 30, 2013