|Letters to Seoul Eats|
I love letters and these days, I'm getting quite a few because of the upcoming G20 Summit. Here's a recent one. They are looking for star chefs. Any recommendations? Here's the letter:
I hope you are well. As F--- mentioned I’ll be in Seoul this Thursday and Friday. I’d like to find a great food neighbourhood where a great chef is causing a stir and that has a great selection of food shops - delis, markets, wine-shops, patisseries, cafes or similar. Would you have any chefs and undiscovered foodie neighbourhoods in the city to recommend?
Any tips are most welcome!
Read what I recommended after the jump
Young chef centered restaurants are quite rare in Korea. It's a cultural thing because young chefs are not considered skilled enough and it is too expensive for them to open a restaurant here. Monocle already covered Jungsikdang's Yim Jungsik, but the area he's surrounding isn't doing much.
I do recommend Star Chef's Kim Ho-Nam, but the neighborhood he is in isn't very great http://www.seouleats.com/2010/
There is Chez Simon in Samcheongdong. The chef is a very nice guy and he is turning out excellent cuisine: http://www.seouleats.com/
The other option is over by Hong dae. I can't think of any chef focused restaurants but there is a great range of shops, cafes, rice wine places, and bars. There is a great cat cafe as well. Oh, there were two bakeries over there that were pretty cool as well turning out excellent strawberry shortcakes.
Hongdae is also the arts university, so there are clubs, swing and flamenco clubs, gay and lesbian clubs, and karaoke rooms. I don't know if that's what you're looking for, but I think it's pretty cool.
Garasukgil is also very cool as well and it has some great bars. Why don't you give me a call and I'll see what I can do to help you out.
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