âCheeseâ is the oldest fermented dairy product on Earth, with records remaining in the Old Testament. In the past, a merchant in Kanana, Arabia, put goat milk on sheep, but after walking and drinking in the desert for a long time, there was a white mass, and when I tried eating it, it tasted better than I thought, and I think the origin of cheese is that it tasted better than I thought. Cheese is produced by extracting casein from milk and going through a process of coagulation and fermentation. With a single ingredient called milk, it can be produced in over 1,000 different flavors depending on the aging and ingredients added.
Cheese, known as a high-protein food, is being used in a variety of ways due to its ever-increasing appearance and the flavor itself changes even if you add a little bit to the food. In Korea, it is so popular that you can enjoy adding cheese to almost any food, such as dak-galbi, offal, tteokbokki, gimbap, and fried rice. Recently, there has been an increase in the number of places that specialize in cheese dishes, from places that deliver freshness with homemade homemade cheese in Japan, which has aroused cheers from cheese enthusiasts. Here are 5 of the best cheese restaurants in Seoul, the taste of a lover's sweet kiss that awakens all five senses.
1. âCheeseflowâ in Hannam-dong, flavored with homemade cheese
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âCheese Flowâ was opened by the owner and chef Cho Jang-hyeon of the charcuterie restaurant âCheflowâ. We make fresh homemade cheese based on techniques passed on to us by New Zealand cheese artisans. It is characterized by the fact that only milk certified grade 1 antibiotic free is used at Paju Ranch. The signature menu âFresh Cheese Saladâ is a baguette topped with cheese, salad, risotto, and jamon in one plate. You can enjoy an even richer texture by combining rich flavors and chewy cheese and crunchy risotto with grains of rice. You can choose between burrata cheese and mozzarella cheese to suit your preferences as the cheese for the salad.
â²Location: 19, Itaewon-ro 49-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
â²Business hours: 12:00 â 23:00 on weekdays; 12:00 â 22:00 on weekends; B/T (weekdays) 15:00 â 18:00; B/T (weekends) 15:00 â 16:00; closed on Mondays
â²Price: Fresh cheese salad 19,000 won, frozen goat cheese and pear 16,000 won
â²Testimonial (Prince Pinocchio): I was able to eat homemade cheese and charcuterie together, so it went really well with wine. I really like cheese, but this place is really classy. I chose the burrata cheese from the cheese salad and it was a choice I really have no regrets about. ^_^
2. Cheongdam-dong âSlow Cheeseâ filled with the rich flavor of milk
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âSlow Cheeseâ is a cheese specialty restaurant run by veterinary chef Min Jin-woo. The interior of the store consists of a bar seat that can seat 6 people and 2 small tables. In order to maintain consistent quality, cheese is prepared in limited quantities of about 2 to 3 kg per day, and the business closes when the ingredients are exhausted. The signature menu is the âmozzarella salad,â which is served with salty mozzarella cheese braided finely on top of tomatoes and served with bread. You can experience the rich flavor of milk that spreads as you chew the cheese, which has a moist, moist, and elastic texture. Compared to regular tomatoes, the saltiness, which has a higher sugar content and a crunchy texture, combines tomatoes with chewy cheese, adding fun to chewing.
â²Location: 13 Samseong-ro 145-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
â²Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday 11:30 to 17:00, early closing when materials are exhausted, closed on Sundays and Mondays
â²Price: Mozzarella salad 18,000 won, burrata salad 23,000 won
â²Testimonial (Good luck): I visited on Saturday just in time for the opening. They waited at 12 o'clock. The caprese, which was warm and full of flavor with fresh mozzarella cheese, fresh tomatoes and basil, and a sweet and salty balsamic dressing made me happy all weekend mornings. Even if you just eat cheese, it's really nice to eat it with other things. If it's too late, I recommend visiting during opening hours~
3. Apgujeong's 'Cheese Room', where a diverse world of cheeses unfolds
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âCheese Roomâ is located on the first basement floor of the Andaz Hotel, located near Exit 3 of Apgujeong Station. Using 17 cheeses, including brie cheese, gouda cheese, and mozzarella cheese, they present a variety of foods such as salad, pasta, pizza, risotto, and dessert. The signature menu âRicotta Cheese Melt & Bisqueâ catches the eye with ricotta cheese flowing down through the campanho. A light ricotta cheese flavor is added to the browned bread, and you can enjoy the rich aroma. If you soak the bread thoroughly in the bisque sauce that comes with it, the spicy yet rich flavor comes out even more, and you can enjoy it even more deliciously.
â²Location: B1F, 854 Nonhyeon-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
â²Business hours: 11:00 â 22:30 every day, B/T (Monday) 15:00 â 17:00
â²Price: Ricotta cheese melt & bisque 20,500 won, triple paquerry pasta 27,300 won
â²Testimonial (Alarmmon 1313): The food is good and the store itself is so beautiful that it's a perfect place for a date. The prices aren't bad in the Apgujeong area, and it's a perfect place for cheese lovers like me! There was not just a little bit of cheese but plenty of it, so delicious, and I was amazed at how many foods can be made with cheese! hehehe
4. Itaewon's âIl Chiassoâ recreates the local flavors of Italy
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âIl Chiassoâ is a place where you can enjoy food from the Roman and Florentine regions based on authentic Italian recipes. Decorated using furniture and accessories brought directly from Italy, such as chairs, tables, and chandeliers, the interior has a cozy atmosphere. The signature menu is âParmigiano risotto,â where risotto is stir-fried on the spot in large parmigiano cheese. Rich in the flavors of cream sauce and cheese, the risotto envelops the tongue and shows off its rich flavor. âT-bone steak,â made by grilling the T-bone part in a grill oven, where you can eat tenderloin and sirloin at the same time, is also a popular menu. When you taste a thick slice, the rich juiciness and flavor of meat spreads throughout your mouth.
â²Location: 21, Itaewon-ro 55ga-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
â²Opening hours: 12:00 â 22:30 every day, Tuesday 18:00 â 22:30, Sunday 17:00 â 22:00, B/T 15:00 â 18:00, closed on Mondays
â²Price: Parmigiano risotto 16,000 won, T-bone steak (600g) 84,000 won
â²Review (Shikigami Okkaebimin-chan): It's a place you can go if you want to try authentic Italian food. They also explain the food in detail, and the T-bone steak looks great and tastes great. I've come to feel like they only use good ingredients. The price range isn't very high, so I think it would be a good place to have a meeting.
5. âGnocchi barâ in Hannam-dong, where chewy gnocchi meets rich cream
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âGnocchi Barâ is a restaurant specializing in gnocchi created in collaboration between Chef Jeon Il-chan of âItalian Jaeâ and food stylist Kim Chae-jung of âBooke.â They sell gnocchi menus that cannot be easily tasted anywhere else using homemade gnocchi such as sweet pumpkin and tomato. The characteristic of gnocchi is that each menu has different batter ingredients and recipes, so you can enjoy different flavors and textures. The signature menu, âCrispy Fried Cheese Gnocchi and Gorgonzola Cream,â is a thick cream sauce topped with gnocchi and whole chunks of gorgonzola cheese. The combination of the sauce, which has the rich flavor of Gorgonzola cheese, and the chewy gnocchi is excellent.
â²Location: 41-4, Hannam-daero 20-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
â²Opening hours: 11:30 â 21:30 every day, B/T (weekdays) 14:30 â 18:00, B/T (weekends) 14:30 â 17:30, closed on Mondays
â²Price: Crispy fried cheese gnocchi and gorgonzola cream 21,000 won, seafood pasta with red scallops from Tongyeong 26,000 won
â²Testimonial (On the way to and from work): The structure of the long shared table in the middle of the store was amazing. I was wondering what to eat for gnocchi, but I ate it with the most famous gorgonzola cream, but the scent wasn't a joke. Hehe, they also have a variety of alcoholic beverages, so it's great to go with a glass of wine.
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