Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Looking for good foreign restaurants in Seoul?

For those expats who are interested in dining out, I have compiled a lists of foreign restaurants in Seoul that I personally adore. They are in my opinion authentic, not too adapted to local Korean taste.

Singaporean

Yakun Kaya Toast

  • Specialty: Coconut jam from Singapore on crispy toast with butter slices, coffee and tea with condensed milk.
  • Apkujung Outlet: 652-16 1F KMD BuildingShin-Sa Dong, KangNam-GuSeoul, South Korea 135-897Tel: (82-2) 516 9760
  • Mok-dong Outlet: Hyundai Department StoreMok-dong Branch, Floor B2916 Mok-dong Yangcheon-kuSeoul, South KoreaTel: (82-2) 2163 2184
  • Yeoksam Outlet(New) at Star Tower right at Yeoksam Station. It is located on B2, next to all the eateries.
  • http://www.yakun.com/korea.html

Crystal Jade Palace

  • A Singaporean restaurant Chain serving Cantonese cuisine. Menu: HongKong-style Roast Duck, Peking Duck, Chinese Roast Pork, Dim Sum, XO Beef Fried Rice Noodles
  • First Floor, Grand Inter-Continental Seoul, 521 Teheranno, Gangnam-Gu( Samsong Station Line2)
  • W10,000 for a basket of 4 Har kow( Steam Shrimp dumplings)
  • http://www.crystaljade.com/southkorea.htm
Crystal Jade Shanghai Delight restaurant
  • From the Singaporean chain of Chinese restaurants, serving Shanghainese specialities like Xiao Long Bao and Stewed Pork Belly and the typical Singaporean dessert like Almond Jelly.
  • 5th Floor Hyundai Department Main Store 429 Apgujeong-dong, Gangnam-gu Seoul, Korea 135-900
  • Dishes from 5,000won. Competitive with Jacky's Kitchen or Din Tai Fung.
  • http://www.crystaljade.com/southkorea.htm

Chinese

Ding Tai Fung

  • Myeong Dong, Euljiro 1-Ga Subway station, Line 2. Tel: 02-771-2778
  • Gangnam Station Exit 5. Walk straight for 2 blocks and take a right after Marche. It is located at the same block as Marche.
  • A Taiwanese restaurant franchaise, specialising in Shanghai Xiao Long Bao. Long queues on weekend. Fav Dish: Xiao Long Bao dipped in ginger vinegar, Stir-fried Spinach, crab soup.
Crystal Jade Palace
  • A Singaporean restaurant Chain serving Cantonese cuisine. Menu: HongKong-style Roast Duck, Peking Duck, Chinese Roast Pork, Dim Sum, XO Beef Fried Rice Noodles
  • First Floor, Grand Inter-Continental Seoul, 521 Teheranno, Gangnam-Gu( Samsong Station Line2)
  • W10,000 for a basket of 4 Har kow( Steam Shrimp dumplings)
  • http://www.crystaljade.com/southkorea.htm
Crystal Jade Shanghai Delight restaurant
  • From the Singaporean chain of Chinese restaurants, serving Shanghainese specialities like Xiao Long Bao and Stewed Pork Belly and the typical Singaporean dessert like Almond Jelly.
  • 5th Floor Hyundai Department Main Store 429 Apgujeong-dong, Gangnam-gu Seoul, Korea 135-900
  • Dishes from 5,000won. Competitive with Jacky's Kitchen or Din Tai Fung.
  • http://www.crystaljade.com/southkorea.htm

Yum China, Dim Sum

  • 1B, I'Park Tower, 160 Samsung Dong, Gangnam-Gu, Seoul. Tel: 02-562-0779
  • A Chinese restaurant that has a very lounge feel to it. Contemporary furnishing with beautiful tableware and setting. Most important of all, the Dim Sum there is made by Chinese chefs, I heard some of the chefs speaking Cantonese. Probably the best authentic Dim Sum you can get in Seoul. Downside: Be expected to pay 7,000(7usd) for a basket of 3 Har Kow( steamed shrimp dumplings), plus tax and service. We paid 60,000won for 2, leaving with 3/4 full stomachs.
  • http://www.yumchina.co.kr/
Lord Stow Bakery
  • A chain bakery from Macao specializing in traditional Portuguese egg tarts with moist flaky crust with delicious creamy egg custard.
  • Located in Apgujeong.
  • http://www.lordstow.com/


chiu chow chinese cuinine, Dim Sum

Vietnamese/Thai

Little Saigon at Coex

  • Samsong Station Line 2, Close to City Air Terminal.
  • Fav dish: Chicken Pho Soup with extra cilantro & bean sprouts(W8, 000)
Pattaya
  • Serves spicy hot Thai cuisine with flavorful spices and herbs. Dishes on menu includes tom yum spoon, fried glass noodle, thai noodle soup, green curry.
  • Restaurant located at Apgujeong, not far from Lord Stow Bakery which sells delicious Portuguese egg tarts. Great for desserts after a Thai meal.


French

Le Petit Paris at Sinchon

  • 2F 52-18 Changcheon-Dong Seodaemun-Gu, Seoul. Tel: 010-6353-0901 Sinchon Station line 2 exit 2. From exit 2, walk straight. Restaurant is located in an alley on the left which is directly opposite the church.
  • Affordable simple french dining. Limited menu. Fav dish: Beef Tenderloin with Red wine shallot sauce, accompanied by sauteed potatoes with bacon and mushrooms (w12,000-15,000)

La Cigale at Itaewon

  • Itaewon Station at Exit 6. Walk about 2-3 mins. It's on the left, next to Kraze Burger. Tel:02-796-1244
  • Interesting menu with occasionally new dishes added every now and then.

Table 34

  • 34 Flr, Grand Inter-Continental Hotel, Samsung Station Line 2.
  • Upscale, expensive Southern French dining with a beautiful view of Seoul at night.

Mexican

Dos Tacos

  • Gangnam Station Line 2, Exit 6. Next to Kyobo building, behind Tour Les Jour Bakery.
  • Inexpensive non-greasy Mexican food and you can choose your level of spiciness. It is the best in town in my opinion. It is a rather small restaurant with less than 20 seats. So to avoid long wait, go in pairs or group of 4. Dos Tacos is very popular with the expats. One way to tell if the food is authentic, check the expat: Korean ratio in the restaurants.
  • Prices are around 4,000-5000 won for burrito, quesadilla and soft or hard shell taco.


Middle Eastern

Petra at Itaewon

  • Noksapeyong Station, Line No. 6, Exit 2. Use the pedestrian overpass to cross the road, turn right and walk up the hill. Petra is about 20 meters along on the second floor of a red brick building on the left side of the road. Tel: 019 840-9630.

Marrakesh Night at Itaewon

  • Branch 1:1F 57-16 Itaewon-Dong, Yongsan-Gu. Tel: 010 5801 9444. At Itaewon Station, walk towards Pizza Hut. Marrakesh is up the hill next to the the antique shops.
  • Branch 2: get out at Exit 3 at Itaewon Station and walk straight for about 5 mins. You would pass the Fire station and the gas station. It would be on the right.

Chakraa at Itaewon
  • Itaewon Station, Exit 6, Behind Hamilton Hotel.
  • I love Chakraa weekend dinner buffets (w15,000). Beware, Saturday nights are always packed and the buffet never gets replenished fast enough. Chakraa has a few branches in Seoul. In my opinion, the one at Itaewon is the best. I went to the one at Cheong-dam and it was a ghost town with us as the only guests on a Saturday night and food was really terrible.
  • www.chakraa.co.kr
Nepalese

Namaste

  • Dongmyo station line 6 exit 5. On the 2nd floor right above the exit.
  • Namaste has an extensive menu with Indian and Nepalese dishes. Tried Chicken Tikka which was very tender(W7,000). Saffron Rice was great for 3-4 person at W4,000, very light and buttery. Lamb curry was thick and contained lots of juicy lamb chunks w8,000, a little on the sweet side though. Aloo gobi( cauliflower and potato curry W7,000) was too sweet. Kheer was very thick and piquant with whole black peppers, rather surprising touch. Chai was excellent.

French Bakery

Kim Young Mo at Doggok, next to Coffee Bean (orange line)

  • Lots of tasty samples, go there with empty stomach :)

There are lots of foreign restaurants I have yet to try. Let me know if there is any good ones that I'm missing out.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

hey, thank you for these listings ! they're very helpful especially because I've been trying to find where Din Tai Fung in Gangnam.