I'm trying to get some final eats in before I move out of this area. One thing I've had my eye on for months has been a tall-stacked cheeseburger made at the Grand Ambassador Hotel (or just "the Ambassador"), which I pass by almost every day on my way either to Dongguk University's campus or to the Dongdae Ipgu subway station. It was during one of my flybys that I looked into the hotel lobby's vitrine and saw a server plunking down a plate holding a gigantic hamburger—and right at that moment I fell in lust. The thing was huge: piled high, full of trimmings, with an impressive beef patty. I knew I'd have to step into the hotel at least once to give that burger a try. Today, I did just that.
The Ambassador has two main dining areas: when you step inside the main entrance, there's an expensive buffet to your right. Off to the left is the comparably expensive Lobby Lounge & Deli, which is where I went, since that's where I had seen the burger being served. I knew the food would be hellaciously expensive: the Ambassador is, after all, a fairly nice hotel. (I'm not sure that it rates "posh" or "swanky," but its clientele always looks moneyed.) I guessed that the burger would set me back about W30,000 to W40,000. I was right.
Here's a shot (blurry—sorry) to give you an idea of the ambiance:
Here's the menu, done up in heavy binding to lend it dignity and gravitas:
Click the following image to enlarge. It shows the entry, in the menu, for the burger I ordered.
And lastly, the burger itself, guarded by a basket of home fries:
It was a fantastic meal, but not perfect. The bacon in the burger wasn't crispy, and the home fries were more soft than crunchy, which was a bit disappointing, considering the amount of money I was paying. Those details aside, though, the burger was light years ahead of A Certain Other Burger from a Certain Itaewon Pub That Shall Remain Nameless. The luscious beef patty offered some resistance to the bite; the vegetables were fresh and crunchy; the bread was spot-on—soft but firm, like a woman's toned ass. Was the fare worth nearly thirty dollars? Well... no. There aren't many meals that I think are worth that amount of cash. But it was a great dining experience all the same, and if I ever find myself flush with funds in the near future, I wouldn't mind sitting down to that burger again.