When looking for Heaven, people have been known to search high and low for proper directions. While I can’t really offer any sort of insight on deeper quests like that, I have found Heaven in a more literal sense, and it’s located in Boseong.
During one of my “I have guests and need to be a good host by taking them to the Boseong Green Tea Plantation” days, I caught a glimpse of advertisements for a new restaurant in the area. Though I’m still not sure if this place, which was located right by the entrance of the Green Tea Plantation, was brand new or was just the old place after a serious makeover, but it was definitely new to me. Seeing how I wasn’t in the mood for cafeteria food after a long hike, and since my guests had a hankering for green tea themed food, we decided to have lunch here.
Though there wasn’t anything too special about the interior, some of the small, decorative touches here and there were much appreciated. Being away from the heat outside was also a welcome relief. While I read off the Korean menu on the wall, our waiter brought us an English menu that had descriptions for each dish. This gesture was much appreciated, especially since I was feeling a little too tired to translate. As expected, everything on the menu had green tea in it in some way. Some of the options included Green Tea Bibimbap, Green Tea Knife-Cut Noodles, and even Green Tea Pork Belly. My guests were still sweating from the hike, so I ordered the Green Tea Naengmyeon (chewy noodles often made with buckwheat and sweet potato) for them to help them cool down some. My guy, who’s a little pickier, ordered the Green Tea Stir Fried Pork. As for me, I got an order of the Green Onion Pancake and some of the Green Tea Dumplings. We also got a couple of orders of regular rice, as I love it green tea rice.
After we placed our orders, our waiter was quick to bring out all sorts of sides. At least half of them were cold and pickled, offering a nice contrast to the hot weather. The first of the food to come out was the Green Tea Naengmyeon. I ordered both the soup version and the spicy, mixed version for my guests so that they (and I) could try both. Unlike regular naengmyeon, the noodles here were bright green and quite pretty. Though the tangy, icy soup and spicy sauce made it difficult to really taste the noodles, there was still a noticeable difference in flavor. My guests happily slurped their meals up, quickly learning throughout the process that cold noodle soup is awesome.
Next on our table were the Green Tea Dumplings and the Green Onion Pancake. I was personally not too crazy about the dumplings, as they were a little dry and lacked the green tea flavor I was looking for. The pancake, on the other hand, was hot, gigantic, and was full of green tea goodness. The edges were perfectly crispy, and the dough-to-veggie ratio was just right. The only downside of this particular dish was how much squid was present, despite me asking for a lot less squid. I could only imagine how much there would have been if I didn’t make a request.
The last dish to arrive was the Green Tea Stir Fried Pork. It arrived with the Green Tea Rice, which was pretty much white rice that had been cooked with green tea. The pork was spicy without going overboard, and the vegetables it had been cooked with were nice and flavorful without being too mushy. The saltiness of the dish paired nicely with the rice, which helped cut down on the richness of the fatty pork and somewhat greasy sauce.
Overall, my visit to Heaven was a nice one. While the food wasn’t anything special, outside of it being full of green tea, it definitely beat cafeteria food. I’m sure it was definitely healthier than my usual alternative of filling up on green tea ice cream. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who is looking for a place to eat after a trip to the Boseong Green Tea Plantation without having to go too far. Now I just have to find a place that serves nothing but green tea flavored desserts..
Address: 전라남도 보성군 보성읍 녹차로 763-43 (right next to the entrance of the Boseong Green Tea Plantation, next to the ticket booth)
Hours: 9:00AM to 8:00PM
Average Price Range: 8,000 to 12,000 per person