35-4, Dongho-ro 24-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
Songwon is well known in the Jangchung-dong area for serving only high-quality Korean beef, seasoned with 20 different types of natural ingredients.
6-12, Yanghwa-ro 7-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul
Sushigen is a restaurant where you can experience a truly traditional Japanese setting. At this establishment, there are two 'Idamaes' that prepare sushi in front of guests as soon as it is ordered. The skill of these sushi chefs carry a well-known reputation of excellence, guaranteeing perfection. In addition, though all the fresh fish is top-grade, it is served at affordable prices; the Chirashi is especially to die for. The Jjangkkonembi, steamed eggs, and fried tofu make a perfect companion to alcohol. Sushigen is a restaurant in pursuit of a fusion feel, with the melodies of jazz tickling the ears as soon as you walk in. The unique atmosphere and interior design make this a special place for dining. Additionally, all servers speak fluent Japanese, while the chefs present their diverse skills in a saxophone performance, making the dining experience at Sushigen even more memorable.
255, Jahamun-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Located within the AW Convention Center, Harimgak serves the delicious flavor of traditional Chinese cuisine.
15, Junggu-ro 40beon-gil, Jung-gu, Busan
When Dolgorae Sundubu first opened in 1982, it sold sundubu (soft tofu stew) at a mere 600 won, which was cheaper than the average price of jajangmyeon (considered one of the most inexpensive meals available at that time). The low price and great taste soon attracted a large number of customers and the restaurant has enjoyed great popularity ever since.
The restaurant's success lies in its fresh, soft tofu and its Jeolla-style pickled seafood and soybean paste (hand-made fresh each morning). The soft tofu stew seems to perfectly complement kimchi (Korea’s most popular side dish) and has become a restaurant specialty.
30, Yeongjung-ro 10-gil, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul
With a solid tradition lasting over a half-century, Daemunjeom serves the best Ohyang jangyuk (steamed pork) in town. Even though their major business category falls under Chinese cuisine, the restaurant does not serve jajangmyeon (black soy bean noodles), which is considered to be one of the most inexpensive and popular meals many Koreans favor. Interestingly, this place is still favored by many clientele for their delicious dumplings and ohyang janguk.
14, Gwangbok-ro 55beon-gil, Jung-gu, Busan
Sutgarakjeotgarak serves traditional home-made tofu dishes, made with soy beans grown in Korea.
39, Namdaemun-ro 5-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
This restaurant serves traditional Japanese-style pufferfish specialties. With almost half-century of experience in pufferfish cuisine, the owner of Songwon was trained in Teppan, Japan and remains a special member of the Japanese Pufferfish Federation. The restaurant also offers eel, sukiyaki, and sushi dishes, all made in the traditional Japanese style.
12, Seongpo-ro 3-gil, Geoje-si, Gyeongsangnam-do
Pyeonghwa Hoetjip is a family business that has been serving the same menu at the same location for over 50 years. The restaurant uses its homemade original soybean paste and gochujang (Korean chili paste) for flavors and live fish freshly caught from the southern sea of the Korean peninsula, known to be the most fresh and flavorful fish available within the country.
135, Sejong-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul
Great Shanghai is a Chinese restaurant serving deliciously genuine Sichuan and Beijing-style cuisine, located within the Koreana Hotel. Their specialty is shark's fin, directly imported from Sanji, and prepared by the head chef who has over 30 years of experience. Aside from shark's fin, the healthy buldojang, mapadubu and ddanddanmyeon are also top menus. Great Shanghai is decorated with high-quality interior design, and features rooms of various sizes for groups and business dinners.
135, Sejong-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul
Danube is a Western restaurant located within Koreana Hotel overlooking Seoul Plaza and Cheonggyecheon Stream. The restaurant serves a breakfast buffet, and steak and seafood dishes at dinner time. Diners can also choose from a large selection of high-quality wines and whiskeys from around the world.
26-8, Samseong-ro 75-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
Gourmet Home specializes in dishes using traditional Oriental herbs. The most popular menu item is Guseonwangdogo, a soup made from the powder of rice and nine white medicial herbs. Another specialty of Gourmet Home is their maesil kimchi, which uses plum vinegar instead of jeotgal (salted seafood) and gochugaru (Korean chili pepper powder).
17, Bongcheon-ro 12-gil, Gwanak-gu, Seoul
Badalbi, which means a broad field, is a restaurant that specializes in Korean table d’hote. This place offers a new menu with a variety of items such as a full-course meal with 10 kinds of dishes made from only fresh and seasonal ingredients. The chef has 15 years of experience cooking at various restaurants including Seogyo Hotel. Here you can enjoy the spirit of the artisan.