123-12, Osan-ro, Osan-si, Gyeonggi-do
Choujeong offers fresh beef delivered from Hoengseong in Gangwon-do for the best taste of short ribs. A professional chef with 40 years of experience strictly manages all the dish.
7, Geumgang-ro 62beon-gil, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do
Myeongdong 1 Beonji Dakgalbi is located on the famous Chuncheon Myeongdong Dakgalbi Street in the lake city of Chuncheon. The restaurant’s main menu is makguksu (cold buckwheat noodles) and dakgalbi, both specialties of Chuncheon that are hearty and delicious!
The chopped chicken used to make dakgalbi is 100% domestically produced and is served with fresh vegetables and the restaurant’s signature seasoning. Makguksu, another well-known local specialty, is buckwheat noodles served in cold broth with seasoning on top.
17, Haeundaehaebyeon-ro 209beonna-gil, Haeundae-gu, Busan
Haeundae beach has shallow waters and the difference between high and low tides is small. The facilities are also well maintained, making this first rate beach a popular summer holiday destination. Donbaekseom Hoetjip is a nearby gourmet restaurant. It is a three story white building with a curved glass front on the second floor. The hearty modeum-hoe (assorted sliced raw fish) is the flagship dish of this restaurant. The portion is quite filling, despite the deceptively low price. You can enjoy the fresh raw fish of Busan, or any of the other dishes such as hoe-deopbap (raw fish bibimbap) and maeun-tang (spicy fish stew) which are also tasty.
25, Gwandeong-ro 15(sibo)-gil, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
‘Dombe Meat,’ whose name stems from Jeju dialect and means ‘steamed and sliced pork served on chopping board,’ is a widely popular traditional Jeju Island dish.
Dombedon restaurant, introduced in a MBC program, only uses meat from black pigs raised on Jeju Island. The meat is not only tasty, but is also low in fat, high in nutrition, and is said to be beneficial for health and beauty purposes—making it especially popular among women.
To preserve local flavor and taste, the restaurant prepares its meat using traditional cooking methods, as opposed to simply grilling the meat like many restaurants in the downtown area do. Thanks to these traditional cooking methods and the power of word-of-mouth, Dombedon has become a must-visit attraction of the region. In addition to the famous dombe meat, the restaurant offers an array of dishes including grilled black-skinned pork, dolsot bibimbap, and chef’s cold noodle.
94-1, Samcheong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Café Moon has a trendy interior design and includes a realistic 'moon' mounted on one of the walls. The inside and outside of the café are decorated with hanok designs, designs of traditional Korean houses. The inner courtyard of the grounds is often the stage for a variety of parties and music performances held throughout the year. From the late spring into fall, Café Moon holds musical performances of traditional instruments from around the world. The diners enjoying their meals next to the courtyard need only slide the windows open to let in the beautiful melodies.
38, Eulji-ro 1-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
Bugeogukjip (formerly “Teojutgol”) is a restaurant behind City Hall in Seoul that has been serving up authentic dried Pollack soup since 1968. Despite a name change, the restaurant has proudly stood in this same location for decades, earning a strong reputation for its dried Pollack soup made using traditional cooking methods.
Since the restaurant only serves one thing—dried Pollack soup—there are few preparations to be made and the meal arrives on your table in minutes. Customers are free to serve themselves basic side dishes such as kimchi and can have as many servings of rice as they’d like, allowing diners to enjoy a hearty meal at a low price. While the restaurant’s design and menu may be simple, Bugeogukjip takes pride in its long history and the careful efforts that have earned it a reputation as one of the most notable restaurants in Seoul.
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.
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.
337, Cheonjam-ro, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do
Located in Jeonju Hanok Village, Goong serves rich, flavorful royal dishes using quality ingredients and natural seasoning from the Honam region. The distinguishable recipes Goong uses came from the late Hwang Hae-seong, who was the master of Korean royal cuisine. These special recipes have been passed down and added to with the local taste of Jeonju. All cuisines are served in quality brassware made by Lee Bong-ju (Important Intangible Cultural Property holder) who was appointed as one of the country's great cultural assets.