Image of this shitty restaurant shamelessly stolen from A Fat Girl's Food Guide to Eating in Korea
Kervan is a second story Turkish restaurant in Itaewon conveniently located off-a Exit 4, next to the shit across the street from the who gives a fuck. The meat is dry. The prices are outrageous. The rice pudding sucks.The décor is nice, but the prices are outrageous. The only redeeming quality about Kervan is the one non-Korean waitress: Not only was she competent enough to take orders and serve food at a Western level of decency and competence, the ass was fat.
Really it was my fault- High prices are sometimes a reasonable heuristic to assume high quality, but the ratio of Korean to Western customers was a blaring “Get the fuck out of here” alarm. In any other country, you look for restaurants frequented by locals in order to avoid tourist traps and eat good food. In Korea, the opposite is true.
I used to think this was some racist bullshit observation perpetuated by the whiny expat circlejerk, but I’ve been burned enough times to know better now. Koreans have vastly different tastes than the rest of the world. Yes, people in India prefer different flavors to people in Spain, this is true of all countries, but not nearly to the extent it is true in Korea. I used to think Chinese people liked weird stuff, particularly the ma2 la4 numbing spice popular in Henan and Szechuan provinces, but the Korean palate makes that look normal.