Bottle & Bowl Salad Restaurant - Eating Vegan on Jeju Island
Bottle & Bowl is a relatively new addition to Jeju Island's gastronomy world and I discovered it by accident, just a week ago!
Salad & Juice Bar on Jeju Island
Described as a 'Health Food' restaurant with a focus on salads and juices, Bottle & Bowl is a great choice not only for health-conscious travelers, but also for vegetarians and vegans on Jeju Island.
Travel to Seogwipo
When we went to Seogwipo-Si, where Bottle & Bowl is located, for a day trip, we'd had several options in mind where I (probably) could get a vegan variation of the menu. As so happens on trips, we were already full from snacks and decided on a late lunch at the salad bar.
I was expecting to do my usual 'without the grated cheese, eggs, chicken etc, please' routine, especially based on what I'd glimpsed online.
The salad restaurant can be found on a small road in the center of Seogwipo. The exterior is simple and sleek - based on the neighbourhood, I'd expected much less modern fare! Bottle & Bowl opened in October 2016, so everything is still new and shiny, too.
So imagine the joy when I laid eyes upon that huge menu banner!
A lot more variety in the salad bowl section than I'd expected and even two smoothie bowls to choose from!
Restaurant Prices on Jeju Island lately...
The prices also looked promising.
Jeju Island has gotten quite expensive over the last couple of years. Where traditional Korean fare went for as low as 5,000 Won for a lunch set, it's gotten hard to find traditional Korean food for under 8,000 Won - and of course, the famous Jeju Black Pork restaurants are on a whole other price level. Western food, even simple Pasta, usually starts at around 12,000-20,000 Won.
A huge salad with expensive ingredients like avocado is a great find for under 10,000!
A wild smoothie bowl has appeared!
I'd planned on getting a salad, but in the end, I couldn't resist the sudden temptation of a smoothie bowl!
If you can read Korean, you can check the ingredients yourself.
In Korea, the word 'Vegan' is often either not understood or confused with 'Vegetarian'.
When trying to use the Korean 'Chaesik' 채식 which literally means 'Vegetable Food', people usually understand it in one of three ways:
- Some will understand it as eating vegan (rare...)
- Some will understand it as only ever eating vegetables (I've had confused Korean friends ask me why I was able to eat falafel, noodles or bread).
- Some will just think it means a meal with lots of vegetables - fish sauce, meat side-dishes or dairy can still be included.
But! Here at Bottle & Bowl, after I'd confirmed that the Green Smoothie Bowl contained no dairy, they automatically assumed that we'd also like to avoid it in our salad sauce, pointed out which of the three sauces contained mayonnaise, and offered to remove the eggs from the avocado salad. So while not every item on the menu is vegetarian or vegan, the owners know about food preferences and what they'd include/exclude.
Bottle & Bowl - Interior & Decor
Curiosity sated and order placed, we chose the window table. The view ain't much (if you've ever been in the older parts of Korean cities, you know what I mean lol), but the interior and lighting is done very tastefully!
And hey, you need natural light for food pics.
Cafes and restaurants on Jeju have the cutest interiors and decorations...!
One Green Smoothie, One Salad and One Juice, Please.
Both the salad for my husband and my green smoothie bowl were made fresh (yay, mixing noises!), and we'd ordered a fresh pressed juice, too. The wheat grass, lemon, and kiwi mix was refreshing (if a bit too similar to my smoothie bowl).
All items are available for take-out, too. Someone was picking up a huge amount of pre-ordered salads while we were eating, so if you're in a hurry, that would be the perfect option for a meal on the go.
The smoothie's base are kiwi, spinach, grapes and coconut water. With toppings full of goodness like cacao nibs, hemp seeds, chia seeds, sunflower seeds, bananas, grapes and cereal, the smoothie bowl was a lot more filling than I'd expected!
My husband had the shrimp salad. On top of the titular shrimp, there were a lot of ingredients that are unusual for Korean restaurant's salads. Beans, black olives, a large variety of different greens, sweet pumpkin... it made for a very complete meal, especially with the slice of bread.
If you miss your smoothies as a vegan traveling in Korea, Bottle & Bowl is the perfect place to go!
As always when traveling, I took some time out of the day to sketch and journal. After all of that smoothie inspiration, little smoothie bowl doodles were a must! I'd drawn a smoothie bowl previously for my 'Creative Life' sticker set, but there are just so many variations and colors that I'd had yet to draw!
I'm really happy with how these turned out! Very colorful and with a potential to make me hungry...
I like adding sketches and stickers to my diary/journal entries, especially when traveling! So I hope these can be a nice decoration for your meal planner, diary or journal, too. :)
Just download the PDF file (US letter size, 300 DPI) and print on sticker paper of your choice!
보틀 앤 볼 Bottle & Bowl | Information & Contact
Adress: 서귀포시 동홍남로 61 Seogwiposi Donghongnamro 61
10:00 - 20:00, Closed Sundays
Phone Number: 064-733-6969
I hope you'll have the opportunity to visit Bottle & Bowl if you are on Jeju!
Thank you so much for reading!
Have you ever traveled to Jeju Island, or to South Korea in general? How did you find the food? Korean food is delicious - I love traditional cuisine - but once in a while, it's nice to have fresh veggies instead of the fermented/steamed/cooked variety.