When the chilly wind makes your nose cringe and the twinkling light bulbs engulf the city, you feel that the end of the year has come before you know it. This year’s eventful New Year has come to an end, and this season is already here.
Find a good restaurant to eat at Christmas and the end of the year while celebrating yourself for putting up well this year. Looking back on the year with excellent food and wine in a nice space, it will be a time to calm your mind and body.
A gourmet feast that will brighten up Christmas! Here are five French and Italian restaurants that are gaining popularity.
1. French Cuisine Meets Wood and Fire, Samsung ‘Artifique’
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A popular French restaurant that is emerging in Samseong-dong these days. The interior, which is designed with fluid curves like flowing water, and the small, calm interior are perfect for a quiet end to the year. It is a restaurant with a wood and fire concept, and is characterized by a variety of smoky dishes. Following the amuse bush, dishes such as mackerel, snow crab, foie gras, kumbait, and quail are followed, and dishes made in a satisfying way in which you can enjoy the main dish of lamb ribs or sirloin stand out. Lunch is a bit simpler and more reasonable than this. Wine pairings are possible for dinner.
â²Location: 2 Yeongdong-daero 122-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
â²Opening hours: Saturday (lunch) 12:00 – 15:00; Tuesday to Friday (dinner) 17:30 – 23:00; Saturday (dinner) 17:30 – 23:00; closed on Sundays and Mondays
â²Price: 90,000 won for lunch course, 200,000 won for dinner course
â²Testimonial (Shikigin Ondong is small and pretty): I visited because it was an anniversary, but I was very satisfied because the atmosphere was completely bleak and the slightly darker XD lighting looked even more beautiful. lol lol The staff were all very kind, and I was grateful for the detailed explanation of the menu.
2. Contemporary restaurant with French roots, ‘Atum’ at Seoul Station
A new space for Michelin-starred chef Kang Min-chul and Chef Kim Kwang-min from Hannam Sushi Noaya. As the name of the store borrowed from âAtom,â the god of creation, the grand 130-square-meter interior centered around black catches your eye first. The cuisine is also French-based, yet the newer, more casual approach is impressive. I recommend charcoal-grilled sirloin steak, etc. They have a diverse lineup of champagne and whiskey, including cocktails, and it’s a great place for Christmas and New Year gatherings.
â²Location: 14 Sejong-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul
â²Opening hours: 11:30 – 23:00 every day (BÂ·T 16:00 – 18:00), closed on Sundays
â²Price: Korean beef sirloin 120,000 won, mushroom risogato 38,000 won, Korean beef carpaccio 50,000 won
â²Review (Karl Carr, the god of food): I visited for a cocktail, and I was surprised that it was larger than I thought… It’s in front of Seoul Station, there are many rooms, and each room has a different interior and a hip feel, so I think it would be a great place for a meeting.
3. Seongsu ‘Matthew’, a French person who is casual and approachable
Chef Lee Jeong-seok’s restaurant, who was the head chef of Korean Fine Dining Mingles. This space, created with the chef’s own English name, offers French cuisine that can be enjoyed more casually in a relaxed atmosphere. Each season uses fresh seasonal ingredients to compose the course, and quail dishes are popular, where tender quail breast and leg meat are grilled and then served with a sauce made from the juice and wine left in the pan. In addition to the course, the wine pairing price is reasonable, which is an advantage.
â²Location: 31, Ttukseom-ro 15-gil, Seongdong-gu, Seoul
â²Business hours: Every day 12:00 – 22:00 (BÂ·T 15:00 – 18:00), closed on Sundays and Mondays
â²Price: Lunch course 60,000 won, dinner course 110,000 won
â²Testimonial (The mind is good): I was satisfied because the atmosphere was cozy and the food was very tasty. With this configuration and this price, I feel like lunch is very cheap. It’s a place you’ll want to come with someone on another special day.
4. âIl Vecchioâ in Sangam, an Italian fine dining restaurant where you can enjoy the seasons
An Italian restaurant where Chef Kim Min-kyun from Ristorante Eo and Kim Bin-na and Patissier Kim Bin-na, who gained experience at the Tokyo branch of Pierre HermÃ©. Careful and painstaking efforts can be seen throughout the space, such as calm and soft lighting and interior items. Italian course meals are prepared using seasonal ingredients such as seasonal vegetables and fruits. The pasta, which is slightly dried on the outside after removing the raw noodles, has an excellent chewy flavor. It’s interesting that sweets such as tiramisu topped with cacao tulle that comes out at the end of the course, baked goods, and cakes are strong. In particular, âSachertorte,â a chocolate cake sandwiched with apricot jam, has a rich chocolate flavor and rich texture that has secured many fixed fans.
â²Location: 332-12 World Cup Buk-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul
â²Business hours: Every day 12:00 – 22:00 (BÂ·T 15:00 – 18:00), closed on Sundays
â²Price: 5-course lunch: 55,000 won; dinner course: 85,000 won to 115,000 won; Sachertorte: 45,000 won
â²Testimonial (Shikigami Jujutsu Bongjirorong): I think it would be correct to say that both the space and the food were taken with care. They were very kind and I think the price was reasonable. I like going to a new restaurant every time, but Egypt is a place I want to visit again!
5. Curio Shin Nonhyeon, a French restaurant that is easy to approach
A restaurant with easy access located within walking distance of Sinnonhyeon Station. It’s mainly French, but it’s a great place to enjoy a la carte menu and wine in a more casual way. For lunch, only course meals are available, but the configuration where you can enjoy five different dishes is 30,000 won, which is very reasonable. The signature âoliveâ is a menu finished by sprinkling chopped tomatoes, nuts, and olive oil on top of cheese, and it is impossible not to go with wine. I recommend finishing refreshingly with a fresh raspberry sherbet âIsfahan.â
â²Location: 226, Seoun-ro, Seocho-gu, Seoul
â²Opening hours: Every day (dinner) 18:00 – 24:00, weekends (lunch) 12:00 – 15:00, closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays
â²Price: Octopus 27,000 won, Olive 15,000 won, Isfahan 5,000 won
â²Testimonial (Shikigami Yogaia): All of the dishes are so new and delicious that they are delicious every time they are served! It was a series of, hehe, next time many people would like to go and try all the other menus.
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