December Dining Events
Zelen Wine Party. It’s no longer a speakeasy and the hip have found their niche at Zelen. There is an array of Bulgarian cuisine and an all you can drink wine bar. Semi-formal dress code. Wear something red and white for the special price of W25,000. 749-0600.
Six Course Christmas Eve dinner at Toque. Chef Jane Chang will have 6 course Christmas Eve dinner with steak as the main course. The entree with also come with a glass of red or white wine. Reservations will be taken for 6:30pm and 8:30pm only. Get all this for W40,000. 794-3834.
Christmas Turkey Brunch. After you open your presents, head over to Toque for a turkey brunch will all the fixings as well as scrambled eggs, quiche, sausage and bacon, etc. Starting at 11 and ending at 4:30. W35,000. 794-3834.
Christmas at Chef Meili. Chef Meili will be welcoming Santa Clause this year to Seoul with his world class Austrian flair. He offers three entrees: slow roasted crispy goose, rolled and roasted turkey, and braised veal. They will be served with a variety of sides including mashed potatoes, glazed root vegetables, cranberry sauce and a perennial pumpkin pie. He has also hinted that he might have gluvine- warmed wine flavored with cinnamon, cloves, and citrus fruits. A 3 course set menu will cost W38,000, a 4 course at W44,500. 797-3820.
Australian Christmas at the Aussie Shop. Get authentic Aussie food on top of the other hill in Itaewon. Christmas Eve will be an evening of carol-in’ and open to all. On Christmas, there will be an early 4pm dinner. Due to limited seating, Christmas dinner will be by reservation only. Details available soon at aussieshopkorea.com 790-0793.
Have a Wine and Whisky Christmas. The Marriot Hotel invite you to a cozy “Wine & Whisky Christmas Celebration Tasting,” because this is how Santa Claus celebrates his job well done. Don’t miss this great chance to taste up to 30 fabulous wines from around the world as well as some of the smoothest malt whiskies. DJ Rama will be serenading the crowd throughout the evening.The event will last from 6pm-2am with the tasting time from 7-10pm. Dress code is black and red-prizes for the best-dressed. Reserve in advance. W45,000 in advance, W55,000 at the door. 6282-6763/4.
Until December 25
Jeju Orange Festival. Korea’s island that is famous for its mermaid scallop divers, dung pork, and funny looking stone figurines (dolharubangs) is having a tangerine festival in celebration of it’s succulent, vividly intense tangerines. Events are planned throughout the festival time including a Tangerine Girl Competition. See your local travel agent to make plane and hotel reservations. http://english.tour2jeju.net 64-1330.
December 31 New Year’s Eve Events
New Years Eve rooftop party Chef Meili. A night of food, good times and gluvine!
Until December 31
Play Russian Roulette with your food. Globefish Special at the Mikado Restaurant located inside JW Marriot Hotel Seoul. Globefish or fugu is the prized pufferfish that: gourmets yearn for it’s translucent, cryptic flavor; health advocates desire it’s high levels of Omega-3 fatty acids; and daredevils seek the thrill of the slight chance of death from the tetrodotoxin located in the liver and organs of the fish. The fish will be prepared by Mikado’s specially licensed, expert, sushi chefs. The nine course Fugu Gen special goes for W150,000, the six course W130,000. Tax and service charge not included. 6282-6751.
Epicurean Delights at JW’s Grill. Imagine: Pan-fried foie gras with mango drizzled with pineapple and ginger chutney, Ceps and garlic candied in honey, and baked escargot and brie in a croute. And those are just the appetizers. The JW grill will be offering various world class dishes to those with discerning tastes in Seoul. There are various meat and seafood offerings as well as a vegetarian options. Four different gourmet five-course dinner options are offered and range from W80,000 to 105,000. 6282-6759.
Tis the Season for some Turkey. In celebration of Christmas, the Grand InterContinental Seoul has planned an event at Deli. The Deli offers whole turkeys (6 to 8 kilograms) with all the trimmings (including vegetables and sauce) available for take-out sale to patrons who place orders at least one day in advance. This oven-cooked turkey is available until the end of December and prices are W