A small city in South Korea called Ilsan could not ring any bell if you if will mention it to non-Koreans. In fact, I never have known about this place if I was not assigned to work at the Northern part of South Korea. Ilsan is actually located in the Northwest part of South Korea in the city of Goyang in the province of Gyeongi-do. It is known for its "Garden City" called "The Lake Park".
Like any other small cities in Korea, Ilsan takes pride on their unique and good Korean restaurants. There is this one place in Ilsan where various restaurants offer only one kind of meat in their menu, the DUCK MEAT. Of all the duck restaurants in Ilsan, only one stands out for me and it is called "가나안 덕" or read as GANAAN DOK. It's a duck restaurant that has an ambiance of ancient Korea, hence the feeling of traveling back in time when you enter it.
I hesitated to enter the resto at first because this is how the door looks like. It really made of old type of wood. There are also some organic products displayed in the lobby.
Let's go back together in time as we further discover what's inside the Ganaan Dok Restaurant.
A strong element of wood can be felt in this area of the resto. The heater is made of stone and they use wood to heat it up. If you can see the texture of the woods in the wall, you will know that it might have existed since a long time ago. Also notice the interior design, it looks ancient.
And look what we've got here. So this is how they fetched water a long long time ago? I'm not so sure, but the never ending flow of the water from this very old device may come from a spring.
The woods and stones are effective in making impression that this restaurant is already old and must preserve to look like that so that new generation customers can always visit and experience the old Korean style restaurant.
And how about the food? Since this is a duck restaurant, they serve an overwhelming variety of food in their menu. There's duck, a duck, duck, duck and guess what, a duck! Yes, a duck. Everything about this restaurant is all about duck. We had duck barbecue and green leaves, kimchi and some spicy stuffs as a side dish
And of course we have to eat it in this old wooden table.
I regret I did not bring my camera when we visited Ganaan Dok Duck Restaurant at Ilsan, I could have shared more because there are really a lot of interesting stuffs about this restaurant. But generally, with the interesting interior design and healthy food, I would rate it 7/10.