I'll be in Seoul for a few days in January and wanted to get some recommendations for mostly low-brow and mid-scale dining. This is my introductory trip to Korea and want to get some local flavors that a few days can provide. By low-brow, I'm thinking of pojangmacha style eating (though I may wimp out if it's too cold), and a trip to Noryangjin market for some seafood, along with simple traditional dishes like gamjyetang, or kalguksoo, or bossam. I'll likely include a table d'hote style dinner, but one that's moderately priced. I've eaten a lot of Korean food in LA and NYC/NJ so I do have some experience with the variety of foods, and since I'm now only an hour away from Korea, I'm jazzed to discover some good Korean food at its source.
Also, my hunch is that many of the more "local" places will include an intimidation factor. Any words of advice for non-Korean speakers will be helpful. Going through some restaurant sites and blogs, I have noticed some menus with Japanese translations (I do speak Japanese, and will be traveling with other Japanese) more than English translations, so maybe the learning curve won't be as steep.
I have been perusing this site's restaurant listings for some clues as to some places to try.
But I can't tell if it's just leading me towards touristy joints.
I've also been looking through Kosmose7's blog to get an idea of places through the photos and rough translations. (http://blog.naver.com/kosmose7/900819... ).