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Savoring Flavors at 970: A Memorable Culinary Experience in Hongcheon

My last trip to Hongcheon in Gangwon Province was in January, solely for indulging in snowboarding at Vivaldi Park. After an energy-consuming activity like that, it seemed fitting to treat myself to something hearty. And when you’re in a country renowned for barbeque, nothing beats meat grilling. So, while consulting Naver, the Korean version of Google, for a good Korean barbeque place near Vivaldi Park, it recommended “970”. In this post, I will share my experience of indulging in a satisfying meat feast at 970.

Located on Hanchigol Road 970 (which eases my skepticism about the restaurant’s name), 970 is a restaurant specializing in Sutbul Bulgogi (charcoal-grilled meat) and Cheonghae Kodari (braised semi-dried pollock). They pride themselves on not using chemical tenderizers and rely solely on quality ingredients and minimal seasonings to maximize the taste of fresh meat and rich gravy, carefully selected for each dish.

To be completely honest, 970 wasn’t my first choice for dinner that day. I initially had my eyes set on the Samgyetang (ginseng chicken soup) restaurant next door. However, after checking my budget, spending 65 thousand won for a bowl of well-braised chicken was simply too much, no matter how healthy or how many premium side dishes came with it.

At 970, I discovered a reasonably priced option: 250 grams of homemade pork rib (수제돼지갈비) for 18,000 won. The dish featured pork rib marinated in a sweet and savory sauce, and 970 did an excellent job of serving it. The meat was delicious—perfectly sliced, not too thick nor too thin, and with just the right amount of intercalated fat to enhance its juicy, marble texture.

The side dishes served at 970 were also delightful. While it is common for Korean eateries to provide tiny plates of Kimchi, the Kimchi at 970 was quite exceptional. They even offered seasonally prepared dishes like seasoned ginseng and seaweed salad, and each one was flavorful and enjoyable.

If you prefer beef, 970 also offers a variety of Hanwoo selections. Or, for a more adventurous option, you can try another specialty of theirs: Kodari Jorim (코다리조림), a braised dish made with semi-dried pollock fish and radish. Since pollock is a popular product of Gangwon Province, trying it at 970 would allow you to fully experience the region’s culinary delights.

Regarding directions to 970, you can find it by going up about 400m along the side road of Palbongsan Mountain. It is located on the left, at the entrance to Daemyung Vivaldi Park Ocean World. The building is large, clean, and easy to spot. Whether you’re a couple of travelers or a big family, the spacious seating area can accommodate your needs.

As I reflect on my experience at 970 restaurant, I can’t help but feel grateful for stumbling upon this hidden gem. It not only satisfied my craving for authentic Korean barbeque but exceeded my expectations with its attention to quality and flavor. Whether you’re a local or a visitor exploring Hongcheon City, make sure to add 970 to your list of culinary destinations. You won’t be disappointed.

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Quick Info About 970

Address: 강원 홍천군 서면 한치골길 970 1층

Naver Map: Click Link

Hours: 10:00AM~9:00PM (Everyday)

Phone: +82 10-6889-0970

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