More Christmas Dinners

Here are some Christmas events held in Hotels. For expats, having dinner in a hotel is still considered high class in Korea, so if you have a date and you haven’t made plans yet, then you better get cracking.

Dan

These were originally listed in the Korea Herald

For families

Hyatt Regency Incheon: Restaurant 8 is on the vanguard of going all-out Christmas, with its “live Christmas market dining,” available on Christmas Eve from 6 to 11 p.m. and on Christmas Day from noon to 10 p.m.

It is designed for the entire family to enjoy a range of Italian, French, Asian, Korean and Japanese dishes along with European dessert. By walking through the scrumptious selection of cuisines, customers can also interact with the chefs and watch them cook. There will be live music: piano, guitar and saxophone, while entertainment for kids includes, what else, a magic and balloon show.

The market dining is priced at 100,000 won for Dec. 24, 80,000 won for Dec. 25 and 50,000 won between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Christmas Day. For more information, call (032) 745-1234.

JW Marriott Seoul: In true Italian style, where love is expressed through food, chefs at Olivo are offering a shower of holiday delicacies. Both the five-course Christmas Eve dinner and four-course lunch menu on Christmas Day feature a savory oven-roasted pumpkin cream soup and succulent grilled Australian beef tenderloin, among others, to put everyone into the holiday spirit. Delicacies for families range from 60,000 won to 90,000 won. For information and reservations, call (02) 6282-6765. The hotel is also hosting a musical gala dinner show “Notre Dame De Paris” on the night before Christmas. Hosted at the center stage in the Grand Ballroom, the gala dinner show will run twice, at 3:30 p.m. matinee buffet and 8 p.m. six-course dinner.

The matinee is 170,000 won per person, the evening 200,000 won. For reservation, call 1544-1555.

Grand InterContinental Seoul: C Grill is gearing up to make Christmas a unique and tasty one with its grill specialties, featuring a choice of turkey, Wagyu beef or grilled sea bream, served in a sophisticated atmosphere highlighted by subtle red lighting and a dynamic open kitchen.

The Christmas Eve feast is priced at 100,000 won. The C Grill will also be featuring special set menus for lunch and dinner priced at 80,000 won on Christmas. For information, call (02) 559-7615.

Hilton Namhae Golf and Spa Resort: Hilton Namhae Golf & Spa Resort offers a “Christmas Package” and various events for the New Year.

Its main restaurant, Breeze, offers a “Rudolf Buffet” on Christmas Eve and a “New Year`s Eve Special Buffet” on Dec. 31. The price is 35,000 won for an adult, 18,000 won for a child. Children who order a Christmas set menu may get a visit from Santa Clause as well. For more information, call (055) 860-0100 or visit www.hiltonnamhae.com

The Sheraton Grande Walkerhill: The Sheraton Grande Walkerhill is offering a Christmas magic show for the family. On Christmas day, between 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., celebrated Korean magician Kim Jong-soo will present an enchanting magic show in English. It will make a perfect Christmas gift for children – along with a special lunch course. For information, call (02) 455-5000.

For couples

Imperial Palace Hotel: A romantic Christmas dinner for two is available at the Imperial Palace Hotel. Its Italian restaurant Verona`s private room with flower decorations and candles will create a cozy and quiet atmosphere on Christmas Eve. The set includes goose liver, grilled duck breast stuffed with porcini mushrooms with truffle mushroom sauce, as well as Christmas red wine sorbet and others. Reservations can be made at (02) 3440-8000.

Westin Chosun Seoul: The hotel hosts a Christmas dinner party at the Grand Ballroom. Couples are invited at 7 p.m. on Dec. 24, offering exquisite meals, spectacular events and a romantic show starring popular musical singer Hong Ji-min. The price is 150,000 won. For information, call (02) 317-0365.

Grand Hyatt Seoul: The famous Paris Grill offers a very special seven-course dinner on Christmas Eve.

It starts off with appetizers, including a crabmeat salad and marinated lobster, followed by either an oyster champagne cappuccino or white cannelloni bean soup.

For the main dish, one can choose from oven baked Australian Angus beef tenderloin, or stuffed turkey breast with dry apricot, apple and Parma ham. This set menu is priced at 165,000 won. For reservation, call (02) 799-8161.

Novotel Ambassador Gangnam: A more stylish and healthy feast for Christmas is available at SHUNMI on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

The dinner on Christmas Eve features Shisamo Roe and Shiso Marinated for appetizer followed by various choices of salad and 11 kinds of sushi. On Dec. 25, a special Christmas dinner menu at 100,000 won includes salad, appetizer, sashimi and grill. For reservations call (02) 531-6477.

Millennium Seoul Hilton: Their Christmas deluxe package – only available on Dec. 24 for 300,000 won -includes a buffet for two at the hotel`s Christmas dinner in the Grand Ballroom, and access to the executive floor lounge.

Christmas executive package also only offered on Dec. 24 at 360,000 won includes a complimentary bottle of wine and cheese platter through room service as well as a dinner buffet.

All packages include complimentary use of the swimming pool and fitness center as well as two tickets to the City Hall Ice Rink. For reservations or enquiries, call (02) 317-3000.

Sejong Hotel: Sejong hotel near Namsan offers a Christmas package through Dec. 27 at 189,000 won for two. The package includes one night accommodation, breakfast buffet at the Firenze, a ride on the Namsan cable car, and a ticket to N-Seoul Tower`s observatory. Other benefits include a bottle of wine, cake, and 10 percent off at restaurants. Reservations can be made at (02) 3705-9115~6.

Renaissance Seoul Hotel: Manhattan Grill offers a special Christmas dinner set menu on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

For subscribers, a special chocolate cup engraved with a loved one`s name will be included with this seven-course set menu. The price is 138,000 won. To reserve, call (02) 8637-8638.

Grand Hilton Seoul: The Grand Hilton Seoul is offering a selection of romantic Christmas packages for guests looking to celebrate the festive season with that special someone.

Guests can choose from three special deals: My Love, My Princess Package; Sweet Christmas Package; and Endless Love Package.

Each package offers different benefits, such as a free bottle of wine and cheese, use of sauna or an overnight stay at the spacious junior suite.

A complimentary voucher for a make-up and hair session at Kim Chung Kyung Hair & Face studio will be added for guests who make reservations in advance.

Daniel Gray

Daniel Gray is a Korean adoptee and entrepreneur that returned to Korean in 2005 because he wanted to try and find his birth mother and to learn about Korean culture. He started a restaurant review blog in 2007, www.seouleats.com, that became a local and international hit. He and his blog has been featured in the New York Times, Monocle Magazine, The Kimchi Chronicles, Bizarre Foods, Rudy Maxa, Olive Magazine, Euronews and much more. He now is a partner at O’ngo Food Communications (www.ongofood.com), which is a culinary tourism and consulting company that offers Korean cooking classes and restaurant tours to travelers. In 2013, he started Brew 3.14 Pizza Pub. His food tours, cooking classes, and restaurant are ranked as some of the top attractions in Seoul according to the website tripadvisor. He lives in Korea with his wife.

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