Restaurants

Top Choice Korean in Tongyeong

Ddungbo Halmae Gimbap

Hungry travellers with limited Korean skills come here because there’s no need to speak or read a menu: this place only serves chungmu gimbap (충무 김밥), a spicy squid-and-radish dish. The waitress will ask how many se…
Top Choice Korean in Gangnam & South of the Han River

Jungsik

Voted number 25 in Asia's 50 Best Restaurants in 2018, neo-Korean cuisine hardly gets better than this. At the Apgujeong outpost of the New York restaurant named after creative chef-owner Yim Jungsik, you can expect…
Top Choice European in Gwanghwamun & Jongno-gu

Ikseon Dimibang

The converted hanok that houses this chic bistro in the revamped old neighbourhood of Ikseon-dong is Korean, but the dishes are contemporary European. Excellent scorched prawn risotto is served on bright metal plate…
Top Choice Vegetarian in Gwanghwamun & Jongno-gu

Balwoo Gongyang

Reserve three days in advance for the delicate temple-style cuisine served here. Take your time to fully savour the subtle flavours and different textures of the vegetarian dishes, which range from rice porridge and…
Top Choice Korean in Jeonju

Yetchon Makgeolli

Jeonju's best night out, if you can get a seat. Unlike other makgeolli (milky rice wine) bars, where the food is secondary, the dishes here are distractingly good. With the first kettle of wine comes butter-soft por…
Top Choice Korean in Mokpo

Dokcheon

Mokpo is known for its octopus, particularly for its nakji tangtangi (chopped live octopus). This is the best place in town to try it, and if you're not quite up for the challenge of eating it still wriggling, the n…
Top Choice Vegetarian in Gwanghwamun & Jongno-gu

Rogpa Tea Stall

You'll feel whisked to the Himalayas at this charming fair-trade cafe that raises awareness about the Tibetans' situation (Rogpa is Tibetan for friend and helper). Everything is freshly made, beautifully presented a…
Top Choice Korean in Haenam

Wonjo Jangsu Tongdak

Hungry? Come here to feast on tongdak (통닭), chicken served in two courses. First comes a tabletop stir-fry of chicken marinated in a tangy, spicy sauce, followed by the rest of the bird and mung-bean rice porridge. …
Top Choice Fusion in Gangnam & South of the Han River

Normal by Ryunique

'Normal' is the casual counterpart to restaurant Ryunique, one of Asia's Top 50 restaurants. A contemporary bistro that makes fine dining affordable, the menu consists of American- and French-inspired dishes à la ca…
Top Choice Korean in Busan

Yetnal Jjajang

A sterling example of a successful restaurant owner who won’t update the interior. According to superstition, the good fortune a successful shop enjoys can be lost if the interior were changed. Consequently, some sh…