For a quick insight of Seoul restaurant, craft beers and galbi tacos will suffice from day 1. Therefore, to fully indulge in authentic Korean food that requires a whole different set of cutlery and table manners. As much as Koreans are eager to embrace American and European cuisines, we are dead serious about the high taste of Korean food and eating in general.
Therefore, you can walk into any restaurant in the city for a simple kimchi jjigae. Also, you’ll find yourself eating through a table adorned with at least four banchan side dishes. This experience is priceless and one you should try in a life time.
Korean food is not just about massive servings of savory broths, barbeque, and soul food, but it’s also all about the clustered tables, side dishes you never ordered, and shouting for a refill from an “imo,” an older and friendlier version of that girl next door. In Korea, everyone including your waitress and beyond is your sister and auntie.
In turn, you are not a mere customer, but a son and daughter to be fed and tended to. So put down those burgers and get yourself to a Korean restaurant tonight you’ll find no better Korean food in the world than the stuff right here. Here’s a list of some of our favorites.
Best Seoul Restaurants
Na Jeong-sun Halmae Jjukkumi
Na Jeong-sun Halmae Jjukkumi is one restaurant among a cluster specializing in jjukkumi. It is a notoriously spicy Korean dish of stir-fried baby octopuses marinated in a red chili gochugaru sauce. Located in Jjukkumi Alley, you’ll know you’re at the right area when you see this bronze statue of an octopus at the corner.
Noryangjin Fish Market
Open since 1927, Noryangjin Fish Market is one of Korea’s biggest seafood markets. You’ll find hundreds of stalls, offering a wide variety of live seafood like scallop. Also, abalone, crab, lobster, prawn, sea urchin, and octopus are included.
Han Chu Korean Fried Chicken & Beer
We love chimaek restaurants. However, Han Chu is frequently listed as one of the best restaurants in Seoul for Korean fried chicken. Chimaek is a compound word for chi-cken and maek-ju, the Korean word for “beer”, so it refers to the popular duo of Korean fried chicken and beer. Two of our favorite things! Han Chu has been in business for over 20 years. More so, we know it to be one of the most popular chimaek restaurants among many local celebrities.
Yeontabal BBQ Restaurant
Barbecue is one of the best things about Korean food. Prime cuts of meat like bulgogi (thinly sliced marinated beef sirloin or tenderloin). Also, galbi (marinated beef short ribs) are grilled on your table using gas or charcoal grills in seoul restaurant.
We think Korean barbecue is best enjoyed over charcoal because it imparts a wonderful smokiness to the meat. That’s what they use here at Yeontabal. They have four branches in Seoul but we went to the one in Gangnam.
Established in 1905, Gwangjang Market is known for being one of the oldest traditional markets in South Korea. It’s also one of its biggest with over 5,000 shops under its roof. Therefore, apart from stalls selling fresh produce and seafood, this Korean food market is known for its prepared food section with vendors.
More so, offering different types of Korean dishes like soondae (blood sausage), kimbap (Korean sushi rolls), and tteokbokki (rice rolls). I even saw a couple of stalls with small live octopus in tanks for sannakji.