BEST SEOUL RESTAURANTS/PLACES (2016 WINTER)

The list of restaurants that I have visited in winter, 2016. 🙂

Whale Hall @apgujeong/ 고래회관

This restaurant has opened recently and has really good home-made hot noodles and sashimi set.

The dishes were really yummy as well as various side dishes.

 

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TOKYO SAIKABO @CHUNGDAM DONG

I’ve heard good reviews about this restaurant and visited for a lunch.

The lunch course was really satisfactory and they also had good desserts.

 

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BONANZA COFFEE SEOUL

I saw bonanza coffee from berlin has opened in seoul and wanted to visit the hannam branch.

Hip setting and really really good coffee. Liked their americano blend as well as the single origin. 🙂

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PARC @HANNAM DONG /빠르크

Parc every time with my friends or when I miss home-made food.

This place is supurb every time.

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OLAFUR ELIASSON @ LEEUM MUSEUM, HANNAM DONG

My friend has recommended that Olafur Eliasson exhibition is really good and I paid a visit and it was so worth it.

Mix of various beautiful colors…loved the world of the artist.

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PASTO @ CHUNGDAM DONG

I’ve seen this restaurant in one of the magazines and tried their lunch course.

The lunch course was really good from the appetizers to desserts and coffee. It was a small and cozy restaurant and liked the vibe. 🙂20161123_13595820161123_14022220161123_14022720161123_21482720161123_214851

BLACK DRUM CAFE @ CHUNGDAM DONG

Black drum cafe is located right by Chungdam station line 7.

I was passing by and this cafe was pretty huge inside with some people.

They offer different kinds of coffee as well as some food. I liked how it was spacious. 20161124_112741

MITANIYA @ HYUNDAI DEPARTMENT STORE, APGUJEONG

The seasonal course at Mitaniya.

The seasonal plate is always so delicious here. One of my very favorite Japanese restaurants in seoul. 20161129_134619

KOREAN STREET FOOD @ OKSU DONG

Had a ramen in one of the street food parlors in Oksu station and it was really good.

Love street foods here. 🙂 20161129_203241

JEONJU HANG, OKSUDONG /전주행

Visited for a dinner and the noodle and korean pancake was good. But not a good place to stay long and chat I think..the lighting was really bright. 😦20161203_20382920161203_204459

PASADENA @ SHINDANG DONG/ 파사데나

This restaurant/cafe/pub is located right by Shilla duty free store @ Jangchung dong. Really good view, vibe and coffee. Their pasta is ok, pizza is pretty good and I love their coffee especially.

Good place just to chill. 🙂20161204_12170020161204_12174020161204_12175020161204_12213820161204_122244

42 @HANNAM DONG/ 사이 42

This cozy restaurant/wine bar is located right by UN village, Hannam dong.

One of my friends recommended this place. The dishes were a bit pricey but were really good.

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IKOVOX COFFEE @ APGUJEONG DONG/ 이코복스 커피

Ikovox coffee from Garosugil has opened its new branch right by Apgujeong station. The interior was pretty cozy and I thought it’s a good setting to read books and chill.

I especially liked the interior based on deep blue and wood. 20161206_11384320161206_11391720161206_113928

MADE @ APGUJEONG/ 메이드

This cute place has opened a while ago and I finally had a lunch here.

Tried their omelette burger and it was such a good option for a vegetarian.

I will definitely go back to this place for more omelette burgers. 20161209_11423020161209_120423

DAILY BEER @HANNAMDONG /생활 맥주

This pub is a chain and visited its Hannam branch. The side dishes are all based on Korean food and it was pretty good place to grab draft beers after work.

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BISTECCA @ ITAEWON /비스테까

This restaurant is located in Kyungridangil and well-known for good Italian food as well as its tiramisu.

Had a lunch course with my family and every plate was superb. The house wine was really good as well. 20161211_12310520161211_12370220161211_12471920161211_13090520161211_13483420161211_135747

TANK’S @ APGUJEONG/ 탱크스

This small restaurant is one of my favorite korean snack parlors in Seoul. They offer good rice cakes as well as calamari and fried shrimps.

I do not really go for fried food in general but their fries are not too oily so I like fries here. 🙂20161211_18195020161211_18195620161211_182016

D’SSENT @ APGUJEONG /데상트

I was driving near by and this all-white cafe was spotted since it was super white and stood out. Visited with one of my friends and tried the single origin coffee. I liked the fact that they offer different single origin coffees.

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LUCIA FLOWER & COFFEE @ KUMHO DONG/ 루시아 플라워&커피

This cute flower&cafe is located in Kumnam street market near Kumho Station. There are really pretty flowers as well as pretty good coffees here. (2 different flavors). I was really glad to find this place near by my place. 🙂20161215_11513120161215_115211

SORO GIL @SHINSA DONG /소로길

Soro gil offers good curry based on vegetables.

Tried their shrimp fried curry and it was delicious. 20161216_11304320161216_113057

KKANBU CHICKEN @ YAKSU DONG / 깐부치킨 약수점

I do not eat meat including chicken and just found out that there are many non-meat options here. Kkanbu offers good icy-cold cass draft and there are not that many places that offer good cass draft. Really liked their fries as well. 20161216_20572020161216_20572420161216_205817

SUSHI AME @HANNAM DONG/ 스시아메

Lunch course: 50,000 won

Why I recommend this place: there are so many pcs offered and it is pretty reasonable for the price. Not many sushi places offer these many pcs. 20161217_12161420161217_12202720161217_12283820161217_12333820161217_12391720161217_12410520161217_124454

MAD FOR GARLIC @ WANGSIMRI ENTER 6 MALL/ 매드포갈릭 왕십리 점

Why I recommend this place: I love the fact that it is specialized in garlic and each dish is delicious every time.

Recommended menu: garlic tower and garlic fried rice

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WINE&MORE @ HANNAM DONG/와인앤모어

Why I recommend this place: This place is a heaven for alcohol lovers especially beer section on 2F. There are so many kinds of beers. 20161220_22061820161220_22120820161220_221236

UMMM SEIROMUSHI @SHINSA DONG/ 음 세이로무시

Why I recommend this place:

This place offers good curry for lunch (shrimp ball curry) and has friendly staffs.

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YAM THAI @ SHINSA DONG/ 얌 타이

Why I recommend this place:

You can find pretty authentic thai dishes here and all the dishes are delicious. I always visit this restaurant when I miss thai food.

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SHAKE SHACK @ CHUNGDAM /쉐이크 쉑

Pros: good local draft beers from hands&malts. (pale-ale), close to CGV chungdam theater.

Cons: over-fried fries. I had one of the best fries in Shake shack NYC and was pretty disappointed. 20161226_20522520161226_210531

NUANCE @CHUNGDAM/ 뉘앙스미묘한차이

Pros: cozy, perfect vibe for wines&coffee as well as pretty flowers. 20161226_22151820161226_23271420161226_23273020161226_232907

KIWA TAPROOM @ SAMCHUNG DONG/기와탭룸

Pros: good and unique side dishes, good drafts in a traditional Hanok setting.

Cons: not too many seats but it is not a big deal.

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GLAD LIVE @ KANGNAM /글래드 라이브

Why I recommend this place: hip lounge on 3rd floor, good brunch place (flint)  and cozy hotel rooms as well as good location (right by the metro station).

The room rate is about under $200 so it is pretty reasonable.

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YUKJEON UDON @APGUJEONG/ 역전우동

Pros: good stop for a quick meal and reasonable price

Cons: not the best quality food 20170103_121324

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