Who knew Koreans could do pasta so well? This is yet another place I visited twice while I was in South Korea – the other being Song, a tonkatsu restaurant I blogged about here a while back. As much as I love Asian food, after 3 weeks of eating it nonstop I welcomed the change. It’s no secret that I’m a carb fiend so when I saw these creamy noodz, it was pretty much love at first bite.
These are shots I took during my second visit. I went with my beautiful mom the first time and we got a margherita pizza and funghi pasta to share. I don’t have a shot of the pie because I didn’t take my camera, but it was pretty solid. Not as solid as their pasta dishes but solid nonetheless. It was super thin, which was fine but the inner part was almost too thin so it got soggy later on. The crust on the end was much better because it was significantly thicker! THAT had a great texture and chew to it.
Now, a few things to talk about before we dive into my favorite dish at Rimini. Everyone gets free drinks and pickles as long as they order an entree from the menu. Seriously not kidding when I say I ate a giant bowl of pickles while waiting for my food. Yes, I was hungry, but they were damn tasty. Think sweet (but not overwhelmingly so) and super crunchy. There were some other pickled goodies tossed in there are well. You may think its weird that Koreans eat pickles with pasta, but it’s common, and it’s almost like Italian kimchi, haha. The drink selection was standard! Soda, lemon water, hibiscus tea, and different coffees. The americano here was yummy so my mom and I had two cups!
I’ve tried two different pasta dishes at Rimini: their funghi cream and their shrimp rose. Both were good, but the funghi cream reigned supreme. They did a great job cooking the noodz, and the sauces were super rich, which I loved. Asians love their garlic so I was thrilled to discover – and I’m not being sarcastic at all – huge chunks of garlic in their pasta. I highly recommend trying either! Heads up though, there’s not much shrimp in the shrimp rose. They have baby shrimp with a few bigger pieces mixed within – which is how they keep the price of this so low – so don’t expect to get jumbo sized pieces.
Alright Nomsters, I hope you enjoyed reading about this kickass Italian joint in Bundang-gu. The address is 1039-3, Hogye-dong, Dongan-gu, Anyang, Gyeonggi-do for those of you interested. It’s not the most authentic food you’ll get, but it’s still mighty tasty. Think of it as Italian noms…with a Korean twist. Compelling, isn’t it? Ha. In all seriousness though, you’ll enjoy the food so definitely make sure to stop by Rimini after getting your shop on at Yatap Mall. Sending love from the DMV! Stay tuned for more, and browse THIS tab for more travel content.