26, Seoae-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul
Most foods from the northern region are characterized by their mild taste. In particular, Pyeongyang-style cold buckwheat noodles has a milder flavor compared to Hamheung-style cold noodles. Pildong Myeonok's cold buckwheat noodles may taste bland for those who are used to stronger flavors or seasonings, but it is praised by others who prefer mild flavors. The refreshing after taste of broth and chewy noodles are enough to delight one's tastebuds.
Pyeongyang-style dumplings is another popular dish at Pildong Myeonok.
22, Jukhyangmunhwa-ro, Damyang-eup, Damyang-gun, Jeollanam-do
Located on the opposite side of Korea Bamboo Museum, House by the Museum is a uniquely
named restaurant. The main menu includes tteokgalbi (grilled short rib meat patties) which is comprised of minced lean meat, green onion, onion,
bulgogi sauce and sesame oil, which makes the taste tender. As for the nutrition, it has a lot of essential fatty acid from sesame oil that
complements with the beef.
Another signature dish of the restaurant is Daetongbap - rice cooked in a bamboo, made with rice, millet, bean, sorghum, jujube, nuts and others. It features a healthy food with its delicate fragrance. In addition, more than 10 side dishes along with Daetongbap such as Tohajeot (salt-fermented toha shrimp), juksun deulkkae muchim (seasoned vegetables with perilla seeds and bamboo shoot), gejang muchim (marinated crab), beoseot-bokkeum (fried mushroom), mul kimchi, dwaejigogi gochujang bokkeum (stir-fried spicy pork), sangchu ssam (wrapped in lettuce), and others. After a meal, bamboo blade tea of a clean taste is offered as a dessert.
41, Jungbu-daero 223beon-gil, Paldal-gu, Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do
Beef at Bonsuwon Galbi is sliced thin against the grain and marinated in a sauce made of several dozen ingredients for more than 24 hours. Even the perfect presentation of this tender beef hints of its extraordinary taste. Though the meat is definitely the main dish, another specialty of this restaurant is the soybean paste stew made of homemade soybean paste, which is made from homegrown beans.
122-1, Samcheong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
The delicious, sweet, red-bean soup called “Danpatjuk” in Korean and served at “The Second Best in Seoul” has been an all-time favorite since it opened in 1976. Not only the exterior, but the interior as well, is very simple and modest, similar to a teahouse in the '70s. This does not keep people from coming back because the unforgettable taste of the sweet red-bean soup makes them return again and again.
“The Second Best in Seoul” was originally opened as a teahouse for traditional Korean medicinal tea; sweet red-bean soup being one of the main specialties on their menu list. But, nowadays, sweet red-bean soup has become the most popular menu item. Sweet red-bean soup can be enjoyed as a light meal because it fills you up quickly. In addition, the chestnuts, gingko nuts, red beans, and glutinous rice cake that are in the thick red-bean soup provide good nutrition. TIP: The name is very special, right? “The Second Best in Seoul” was named by their modest mind of making food with utmost sincerity.
5, Dasan-ro 35-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
Opened in 1953 by a woman known as Mabongnim, the restaurant takes pride in its 50-plus years of service. As Mabongnim gained popularity, other similar establishments opened nearby, and eventually, formed the now famous “Tteokbokki Street.” The elderly proprietor is well known, even starring in a red-pepper paste (gochujang) ad in the 1990's.
The secret of this restaurant’s tteokbokki lies in the fact that red pepper paste is mixed with Chinese soybean paste for a sweet and spicy taste, but has now been adopted by other Sindang-dong restaurants. Nevertheless, there is something special about this restaurant’s fare. At present, Mabongnim’s daughters-in-law are running the restaurant.
238, Okhyeon-ro 65beon-gil, Cheoin-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do
Garden K is a botanical garden-themed resturant with a multitude of fresh, healthy foods as well as a therapy program offered while dining. Green bathing is available at all of its facilities, including a table-filled dining hall called the "Garden Hall," and "Inner Hall," and other seating rooms. The vertical garden, made of a trellis, is installed inside where plants grow up it. It has a creative interior design of which the owner of Garden K came up with.
The pleasant experience at Garden K does not end there, as people frequent the restaurant for their famous bibimbap. The dish is presented with various organic greens and vegetables picked straight from their garden, topped with perfectly cooked lean beef, pork, or fish of your choice, completing a healthy and well-balanced meal.
41, Bukchon-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Baengnyeon Tojong Samgyetang is a traditional restaurant that specializes in samgyetang (ginseng chicken soup), and is located at the entrance to Bukchon Hanok Village in Seoul’s Jongno-gu district. Its hanok-style architecture is equipped with seating for 100 on the first floor, 40 on the second floor, and garden seating for 60 people. Baengnyeon Tojong Samgyetang only serves naturally raised chicken, and uses about 40 ingredients in the samgyetang, including ginseng, ginkgo, jujube, glutinous rice, fruit sauce, and others. Its soups are simmered for a long period to bring out more of the natural flavors and minimize the fat content, giving it a superb light and clean taste. Also, all ingredients used are grown or raised domestically.
7, Supyo-ro 20-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Wang Sundaeguk is a small, quiet restaurant serving tasty sundaeguk (Korean sausage soup). The broth is made with pure pork, using no additives, for a taste that is clear and authentic.
23, Insadong 14-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Located in the neighborhood of Insa-dong, traditional Korean lunch box and tea restaurant Nuri brings out the true beauty of hanok while implementing western dining culture with tables and chairs.
Nuri uses the finest grains directly from agricultural regions throughout the country, offering nutritious rice along with mildly seasoned side dish menus, taking advantage of the ingredients' natural flavors. Nuri uses its effective take-out and delivery system to cater to businesses and events.
5, Bukchon-ro 5na-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Luden Loquen SPACE is a unique hanok cafe, located at the end of the alley where Bukchon Hanok Village starts. The cafe is not just an average café where you can drink tea or coffee but because of location and design it has an added sense of cultural value. Locals come to enjoy the best tea in town, brewed using high quality tea leaves with information on its origin attached. In addition to traditional drinks and sweets, the coffee shop offers a variety treats that combines Korean ingredients and modern desserts. The hanok building has been reinterpreted through a modern design.
22-7, Samcheong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
The Hanok Smith Likes is an Italian restaurant that can be found in an alley near the Embassy of the Republic of Poland. The restaurant is famous for serving homemade Italian cuisine in traditional Korean house in Samcheong-dong.
The Smith in the restaurant’s name refers to a Mr. Smith, a virtual person cooks his favorite dishes in a hanok. One of the interesting aspects about this restaurant is that they serve hwadeok pizza (brick oven pizza) and pastas which are not the Korean dishes one might expect given the hanok exterior. They also serve salads, risotto, steak and wine at the restaurant. Particularly, the nighttime atmosphere of the restaurant offers a more serene and cozy experience thanks to the traditional hanok architecture.
19, Samcheong-ro 5-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Châtaigne is a French restaurant housed in a charming hanok (traditional Korean house) that was remodelled to accommodate dining tables and chairs. Châtaigne uses seasonal ingredients to create a simple and unique French course meal.