My first welcome dinner in Korea, about 4 years ago, was spicy fish. I didn’t start when everyone else at my school had started so it was just for me, though I hadn’t realized it at the time. I remember it fondly, sitting across from my jovial principal only to realize the fish stew was too spicy and him immediately order fried rainbow trout for me to eat, which was delicious.
At my new school I was on time for the traditional welcome dinner that happens at every school at the beginning of the semester. We went out to a fancy buffet in Anyang called 마벨리에. The school had made reservations so we had a private room, but it was very cramped, meaning that if I wanted to get a new serving of food I’d have to wait till my coworkers also got up to go get food. Which turned out not to be a problem, as my coworkers wanted to go together.
마벨리에 was a bit like a maze, a little difficult to navigate at first but I got it pretty quickly.
They have lots of options, from traditional Korean food, sushi, soups, salads, steak, western food and a lot of dessert including a DIY patbingsu station, chocolate fountain and seasonal sweets. (When we went it was strawberries)
On Monday through Friday they are open from 11:30am until 10pm. On Saturdays and Sunday’s they open at 11am and close at 10pm. Price ranges depending on age and time. For adults coming at lunch it’s 28,000 won per person. Dinner is 35,900 won per adult.