[Seoul] Product endorsements are a big thing in Korea dramas. Subway, dal.komm Coffee, and this… BBQ Olive Chicken.
Its multi-concept café BBQ Premium Café 비비큐 프리미엄 카페 has a flagship store at the Jongno District.
It is also known as the “Goblin Korean Fried Chicken” store when this BBQ Olive Chicken outlet was showcased in Gong Yoo’s 2016 tvN drama Goblin: The Lonely and Great God.
It was the restaurant owned by Sunny, the character played by Yoo In-Na.
Another featured BBQ Olive Chicken Café is located in Gangnam District, where Euntak played by Kim Go-eun acted as a part-timer in the store.
Upon reaching this 3-storey outlet along the famous Cheonggyecheon stream, I got quite excited, ”This is the one!”, and remembered important scenes played there.
There was a TV outside that rerun all those moments, with tourists coming by to take a selfie or several with the posters and props.
Check out the iconic Grim Reaper’s Fedora (possibly) worn by Lee Dong Wook.
The BBQ brand is part of the Genesis BBQ Group, a Seoul-headquartered global franchise group that operates restaurant concepts under 14 brands in over 3,800 local and international stores.
BBQ Olive Chicken is primarily a dining spot for chicken and beer, although it features café items in its menu. That includes 50 kinds of other dishes including rice, pasta, pizza, salad, coffee, mocktails, and craft beers on tap.
All of BBQ’s dishes are prepared with 100% Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
The popular choices among large groups include Golden Olive Chicken Platter (Medium 19,900 Won, SGD$23.87/Large 27,000 Won, SGD$32.39), Paris Chicken Platter (Medium 20,900 Won, SGD$25.07 / Large 28,000 Won, SGD$ 33.59), Urban Churrasco Triple (33,000 Won, SGD$39.59) and the Chicken Party Wawa (53,500 Won, SGD$ 64.18).
You can also try the Jamaican Grilled Whole Leg Set (7,900 Won, SGD$ 9.48) or the Korean Charbroiled Set (8,900 Won, SGD$10.68).
The New York Tender Strips Platter (Medium 19,900 Won, SGD$23.88 / Large 27,000 Won, SGD$ 32.39) is sometimes recommended, with panko breadcrumbs coated chicken tenders that are flaky outside and tender and moist inside.
I had the Golden Olive Chicken Platter (18,00 Won, SGD$21.80) which I slightly regretted because the accompanying onion rings weren’t that impressive. I would rather have more chicken for that price.
The use of the olive oil created this unique fresh flavour, and clean after taste. The skin was crisp, enough after all long while, and didn’t have that greasy after-taste.
This BBQ Olive Chicken Premium Café occupies 3 floors of dining space, with glass window panels on its façade. For al fresco dining, there are street side seats (up to 24 persons) available for nice weather days or nights.
Plus point: It is located next to the beautiful Cheonggyechoen Stream in Jongno, so you can have wonderful views of Seoul all day and night.
Ride the subway to Jonggak Station and take Exit 5. Walk south to Cheonggyecheon Stream. Then walk along the stream on the north side towards the Pagoda Tower. Beside The Coffee Bean is a 3-storey building with a signage “BBQ Chicken & Beer” and “BBQ Premium Café”. Accepts credit card.
BBQ Olive Chicken Café 비비큐 프리미엄 카페
Cheonggyecheon 81) 11-5 Gwancheol-dong, Jongno District, Seoul, Korea (Near Jonggak Train Station)
서울특별시 종로구 관철동 11-5（청계천로 81）
Tel: +82 2 725 9282
Opening Hours: 10:00am – 12:00am (Mon – Fri), 11:00am – 11:00pm (Sat – Sun) >
Google Maps – BBQ Olive Chicken Café
The other BBQ Olive Chicken Café featured in Goblin is located at 687-2 Ilwon-dong, Gangnam District. 서울 강남구 일원동 687-2