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Seoul Gwanghwamun Japanese Restaurant: Momoka Sushi

The Gwanghwamun area in Seoul is one of the city’s representative office-dense regions. Thanks to this, during lunchtime, you can often see numerous office workers having their meals.

To meet the demands of these office workers, the underground shopping arcades in various buildings are filled with diverse restaurants. One notable building with a multitude of eateries is the “Royal Building,” where you can find Momoka Sushi.

“Seoul Gwanghwamun, Royal Building Packed with Various Restaurants”

The Royal Building is located very close to Gwanghwamun Station Exit 1 of Subway Line 5. As you come out of Gwanghwamun Station Exit 1 and cross the street, you can immediately enter the entrance to the underground shopping arcade.

In the underground shopping arcade, you can find various restaurants, and Momoka Sushi is one of them.

“Seoul Gwanghwamun Japanese Restaurant, Momoka Sushi”

As the name suggests, “Momoka Sushi” is a Japanese restaurant that primarily focuses on serving sushi. Among various Japanese dishes, they specialize in menus like sushi, udon, and tempura, combining them in different sets.

You can find several representative menu items, including:

  • Momoka Sushi Udon Set (10P): KRW 12,000
  • Momoka Sushi Udon Set (8P): KRW 10,000
  • Salmon Rice Bowl: KRW 15,000
  • Spicy Stir-fried Octopus Cheese Rice Bowl Udon Set: KRW 11,000
  • Kansai Udon + Chicken Karaage Set: KRW 8,000
  • Momoka Sushi (5P) King Prawn Tempura Udon Set: KRW 10,000

“A Small Japanese Restaurant”

Since it’s located in the underground shopping arcade, the size of the store is relatively small. However, compared to other underground shopping areas, the Royal Building maintains a neater atmosphere. Especially recently, it seems like they’ve neatly attached a sign to the store, which previously didn’t have one.

Because the store is small, they’ve arranged tables in the hallway so that you can have your meal. On this day, there were no available seats inside the store, so I had my meal at the outside seating area.

“You Can Place Orders Through the Kiosk.”

You can place your order using the kiosk provided in the store. Once you finish ordering, a meal ticket will be issued, and when you hand the meal ticket to the staff, your order will be complete.

“Momoka Sushi (5P) King Prawn Tempura Udon Set: KRW 10,000”

On this day, I personally ordered the “Sushi + King Prawn Tempura + Udon Set.” The price was KRW 10,000, which can be considered reasonable considering the recent rapid rise in prices and the cost of living around Gwanghwamun.

However, there was a crucial issue – the portion size was not sufficient. I expected the udon to be served in larger quantity, but it was barely enough for one or two bites. Thankfully, the king prawn tempura was a bit thick, so I was fortunate in that aspect. However, when it came to the sushi, apart from one egg sushi and the only salmon sushi, the rest were all squid, prawn, etc. This set menu, even though it’s a set, was quite lacking as a meal.

As a result, even after finishing the meal, I was still hungry, so I had to move on to try some other snacks.

Overall, it’s a clean Japanese restaurant and a good place for those who prioritize taste over quantity. For big eaters, it might be a good idea to think twice before visiting. Even if the portion size is small, they have seating available at the bar, making it suitable for solo dining.

“Seoul Gwanghwamun Japanese Restaurant: Momoka Sushi”

  • Address: 19 Saemunan-ro 5-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul