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“Verty Pass” refers to the area connecting Sindang-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul to Okok-dong and Geumho-dong in Seongdong-gu to Seongsu-dong. Located in the center of Seoul, it is close to the city center and crosses the Han River and Namsan Mountain, so it has excellent transportation and views. It is known as the home of famous celebrities such as Sharing, Jeon Hye-bin, Jeon Hyun-moo, Han Ga-in, Shim Eun-ha, and Onion, and is nicknamed the Korean version of Beverly Hills. Recently, unique restaurants and bars have sprung up one after another in the Okok-dong and Geumho-dong areas, and a new trend called Geumridan-gil was born, and it is known as Post Mangwon-dong. From places that capture the fresh flavors of seasonal ingredients to late-night bars that are great for a drink, to wood-fired pizza that recreates the local flavors of Italy! Let's take a look at 5 of the best new restaurants in Geumridan-gil, known as Seoul's Vertigo Hills.

Restaurants in Okkdong, Geumho-dong, and Yaksu-dong representing Geumri Dan-gil in Vertigo Hills include Geumboji Restaurant, Aufglet, Eunseong Bossam, Yaksu Sundae, Localit, Jinnampo Myeon-ok, Alley Naengmyeon, The Corner Kitchen, Gourmet Tree, Exquisite Raw Meat, Sarangbangkal Noodle, Rizal Coffee, Toriaez, Cotton Cafe, Kitchen Today, Mitan (SIP), Geumnambang, Iljeongmi (SIP), Geumnambang, Iljeongmi, Bejip, Jeju Black Rice Cooker There are Squid Wallet, Coolship, Soul Boy, Standard Villa, Momotori, Port City Research Institute, Mika, Taco Canasta, Chocoladia, 37.5 Express, Bagijip, and Novelok.

1. 'Localet' in Oksu-dong, Seoul, captures the flavors and colors of the seasons

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“Local” is a combination of local and eat, which aims to capture health in food using domestic seasonal ingredients. You can find foods that vary from season to season based on Italian food. The signature menu is “spinach gnocchi,” where the color of white gnocchi stands out over a deep green spinach cream sauce. The chewy gnocchi is mixed with the soft, green spinach sauce, and the rich flavor spreads throughout the mouth. Another popular menu is the “vegetable terrine,” in which five kinds of grilled seasonal vegetables, such as zucchini, mushrooms, and paprika, are layered on top of each other and wrapped in chard leaves. After boiling the baektae, the peeled and finely chopped white tae hummus was filled between the vegetables to add a savory flavor and creamy texture.

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â–²Location: 2F, 33, Hallimmal-gil, Seongdong-gu, Seoul

▲Opening hours: 11:00 — 21:00 every day, B/T 15:00 — 17:00, closed on Mondays

â–²Price: Spinach gnocchi 17,000 won, vegetable terrine 15,000 won

â–²Testimonial (Shikigami iLoveu): I always wanted to go there, but I couldn't go because I was far away, so I went there after hearing that they had moved from Namyangju to Okkdong. Nowadays, I prefer places with delicious vegetable dishes over fatty foods, and it was nice that they were hearty and not heavy. Also, the overall color of the food was so beautiful that it was a feast for the eyes. hehehe

2. 'Kitchen Today' in Geumho-dong, Seoul, comes with a new charm every month

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'Kitchen Today', which made its name known as a late-night restaurant in Yeongdeungpo, opened its second branch in Kumho-dong. It operates on a 100% reservation system and is so popular that it receives reservations a month in advance on the weekend of the last week of every month. The characteristic of the diverse menu, such as sashimi, pasta, meat dishes, and salads, varies slightly from month to month. The signature menu is “Assorted Sashimi Hansang,” which contains the most delicious fish of the day, sea urchin, and sweet shrimp, so plentiful that you can't see the gaps in the plate. If you put sea urchin on the sashimi that comes with it and eat it in one bite, you can experience the rich flavor of the sea. There are separate menus that can be booked before visiting and those that can be ordered on-site, so it is recommended that you check before visiting.

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â–²Location: 9-1, Jangteo 5-gil, Seongdong-gu, Seoul

▲Opening hours: 18:00 — 22:00 every day, closed on Sundays

â–²Price: Sashimi platter 60,000 won, sea urchin and fish pasta 32,000 won

â–²Testimonial (Shikigami Strawberry 95): Reservations are harder to make than idol concerts in the kitchen today. I went there successfully after a few attempts, and it was so delicious that it was compensated by the fact that it was really difficult to make a reservation. The sashimi was really generous, but each type was delicious, so there was a lot of alcohol in it. I can't wait to come back next month after my reservation was successful!

3. Where Korean food and natural wine meet, 'Geumnambang' in Geumho-dong, Seoul

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“Geumnambang” is a place where you can enjoy a Korean-based snack menu and natural wine at the same time. The menu is prepared using seasonal ingredients purchased on the same day at Geumnam Market located near the store. Most of the menus are designed to go well with natural wines with strong acidity by minimizing garlic and spices. The signature menu is “cuttlefish oil noodles,” which use cuttlefish that are plump and have a chewy flavor. As soon as it appears on the table, the flavor of perilla oil, which irritates the nose, pleases the palate to the fullest. You can experience the perfect trifecta of cuttlefish, which has a chewy yet soft texture, the aroma of perilla oil, and the subtle aroma of fire.

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â–²Location: 285 Dokseodang-ro, Seongdong-gu, Seoul

â–²Business hours: Tuesday to Thursday 19:00 to 00:00, Friday and Saturday 19:00 to 01:00, closed on Sunday and Monday

â–²Price: Cuttlefish paste noodles 27,000 won, abalone congee 19,000 won

â–²Testimonial (Shikigin Pramodeling): The atmosphere is cozy, so it's perfect for a glass of wine. I was wondering if wine and Korean snacks would go well together, but after eating them, I ordered another snack and ate them because they went so well together. Hehehe, it is said that the menu changes frequently, and I'm really curious to see what delicious things will come next. hehe

4. A great place to enjoy on a date, 'Gourmet' in Geumho-dong, Seoul

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“Gourmet” is a casual French restaurant located in the shopping district of the Geumho-dong apartment complex. The interior of the store, which is decorated with large windows and wooden furniture that let in the sunshine, creates a cozy yet warm atmosphere. The signature menu, “Jeju Red Sea Bream,” is prepared using the texture of the skin of fresh Japanese sea bream brought from Jeju. You can enjoy an even more luxurious flavor by adding truffle mushroom sauce to the octopus, which is crispy on the outside and has a moist texture on the inside. “Truffle cream pasta,” made by putting lots of poached eggs and fresh truffles on tagliatelle noodles with a rich creamy sauce, is also a popular menu item. The combination of the aroma of truffles, which has a rich flavor that comes alive as you chew, and the rich, creamy sauce, is excellent.

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â–²Location: 17, Geumho-ro, Seongdong-gu, Seoul

▲Opening hours: 11:30 — 22:00 every day, B/T 15:00 — 18:00, closed on Mondays

â–²Price: Jeju chamok sea bream 33,000 won, truffle cream pasta 33,000 won

â–²Testimonial (Food and mouth full): Most people come by reservation, so I recommend that you make a reservation before visiting. I tried the newly released Japanese radish dish, and I really liked the combination of the light flavor and sauce of the persimmon! The atmosphere is classy, so I think it would be nice to go with a family or a couple on a special day. hehehe

5. 'The Corner Kitchen' in Oksu-dong, Seoul, where oak firewood adds flavor

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“The Corner Kitchen” bakes pizza in a 485 degree oven using traditional Neapolitan methods. Every pizza uses mozzarella cheese and oak firewood made in Caserta in the Campania region, and you can experience an extraordinary flavor. The signature menu is “drug corn,” where the visual of whole corn is placed on a dough covered with the subtle scent of spearwood catches the eye. Starting with the popping texture of whole corn, you can experience the addictive sweet and salty taste by combining various ingredients and sauces, such as chewy shrimp, exotic paprika seasoning, and sweet mayonnaise. A variety of alcoholic beverages that are great to enjoy with pizza, such as wine and beer, are also available. Note that there is also a second branch in Pyeongchang-dong where you can enjoy your meal in a slightly larger space.

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â–²Location: 8, Hallimmal 3-gil, Seongdong-gu, Seoul

â–²Opening hours: 11:30 to 22:00 every day, B/T (weekdays) 15:00 to 17:00, early closing when materials are exhausted

â–²Price: Drug corn 20,000 won, calzone salad 18,000 won

â–²Testimonial (I've been a regular for a few years): I've been a regular for a few years, and the pizza here is delicious no matter when I eat it. Drug corn, as its real name suggests, tastes like a drug. The combination of corn and flavored dough… I think it's even more delicious because the beer goes in and the dough is really chewy. hehe

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