The Maemil has been featured in Japanese tourism magazines and Daegu local tourism brochures.
The Maemil (더 메밀) sits on the second floor building near Hyundae Department Store, but closer to the medicinal street arch that welcomes you from the main road near-by. The interior is simple and refreshing; similar in style and taste to the food it serves. The specialties, of course, are the buckwheat dishes, but they do serve duck as well as long as you order in advance (20,000won) as well as pork bossam (30,000). It has been featured in Japanese tourism magazines and Daegu local tourism brochures.
For colder days, the menu also provides hot dishes to warm you up, and they seem to be the more popular dishes there.
Our family ordered the spicy cold buckwheat noodles (7,000 won), as the weather directed us to get something refreshing. For colder days, the menu also provides hot dishes to warm you up, and they seem to be the more popular dishes there. The icy dish did not disappoint, it was sour and cold in quite a refreshing way, and with the sweet pickled side dishes complimented the food well. Pickled lotus root and acorn jelly was also provided.
It was superb, and offset the tanginess of the icy soup well.
What brought it all together, however, was the mushroom buckwheat jeon (7,000 won) we ordered. It was superb, and offset the tanginess of the icy soup well. The meal was complete with the complimentary Dutch coffee and tea they offered. You know the food is really good when there are a few minutes of silence as the meal begins. Mouths are full to the brim and there are gratifying grunts being made as we indulge our senses. This place was a nice find and I will definitely be returning.
To get to this tasty place, head behind Hyundae Department store to the main medicinal street (or from the Police Station near the fountain, head east towards the Starbucks where medicinal street begins).
Head east, away from downtown as if you were heading to Seomun market, and past the beautiful Jaeil church. On your right, you will eventually see an apartment building (희도아파트 Hyedo Apartments) with a parking lot in front. The small building next to it is where the restaurant is on the second floor.
Written and Photographed by Alex A-che