Eden Valley: Korean Vegan Buffet in Bundang
We’ve been busier than planned with work since arriving in Korea, so it was a nice plus to have a vegan restaurant within walking distance of our apartment. On the second floor of a building one block in from the main street running through Bundang, we found Eden Valley. It was on our list of first places to visit since it is so close but is actually closed on Saturdays, which was of course the day that we had planned on going.
Eden Valley is a pretty basic buffet compared to the other vegan buffets we’ve visited in the past. They were very busy, however (hence the lack of more pictures for you) with a lot of the local office workers stopping for a quick lunch.
The buffet was mostly banchan and namul, but they also had a simple salad bar of greens, peppers, and dressing.
Sunnie filled her first plate mostly with namul and banchan, including a fruit salad.
They did have four hot dishes, a roasted potato dish, a sauteed tofu, Sesongyi-guyi (sauteed king oyster mushrooms) that had a little two much black pepper, which didn’t allow you to savor the flavor of the mushroom as much as we’d prefer, and a squash and faux meat saute.
All of these were pretty good, none of them great. But the buffet is also a bit cheaper than a lot of the others at 8,000 won a person for lunch.
We finished with a simple dessert of bread and jam and hangwa, a light and fluffy dessert with mild sweetness.
Eden Valley is pretty no-nonsense. It’s not overly fancy, doesn’t have a huge variety on its buffet, and the dishes are more basic than gourmet. But, it has a suitable price, was really hopping with lots of business people stopping by for lunch, and we left having once again eaten too much at a buffet despite our best efforts!
With its closeness to our apartment, we will definitely be visiting again.
Directions and hours can be found at Happy Cow’s review page.