I went to a new restaurant the other night. The food was nothing special, but the table was.
In Korea, service is usually pretty awful. You get a bow coming and going and the entire staff will stop what they are doing to remind you to come again soon. Period. End of service. You could die of hunger or thirst, even when you are the only customer in the place.
So, this is relevant not because the new restaurant has attentive wait staff, they don’t. BUT they have a drawer with utensils in the table and bowls of side dishes in the table! How cool is that? Check it out:
That’s my coworker cutting the kimchi.
Notice the shoes just above her arm. When you eat sitting on the floor, you take off your shoes at the entrance. A fun novelty about one time.