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hong kong will probably only disappoint if you hit up the cosmopolitan high end. if you're into cantonese food, i don't think it's possible for it to disappoint.

Soley sleeping in Seoul ... 4 at the Four Seasons ... 3 at the Shilla   And now that I'm armed with the KakaoMap* app, which is the way to go, I believe, I'm sorta scratching my head a bit about why t

We almost went last year but had to cancel. Research made me think Michelin is not the way to go, both because it was somehow paid for by the ministry of tourism and was basically a list of fancy places with English menus and not too spicy or scary and because the tasting menus I looked at seemed like they'd be based around the same luxury ingredients you'd get in Japan but not as good.

 

 

I think that's right. Some blogs were very dismissive of the Michelin and that seemed well founded. Coming from London though, there is some space between better than anything in London and worse than Tokyo ..

 

The BKK michelin was also paid for by the Tourism ministry but seems to have been more successful. I think that the Seoul one was largely directed by one individual who had a particular agenda.

 

I actually found the food a bit challenging -- which hasn't happened to me for about 20 years. About day 4 I was thinking, maybe I should just get, like, a pizza? But I gave myself a stern talking to and went out and ate some more kimchi.

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Sigh. I go to Seoul twice a year at least.  I'll be there in Q3 at some point. At best I get to eat at that Lotte food court. However the Seoul Four Seasons is one of my favorites.

 

Finally a good cocktail bar in that Four seasons.

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Samhae jip: So this is where the Momofoku bo ssam gul (i.e. with oysters) came from.  The bo ssam at Momofuku is better...getting a crust and finishing in the oven.  Plus better meat and oysters.  

 

With that said, place is on a back alley.  No or very little English.  No decor.  bo ssam comes in platters for two or more.  (so I ordered one for two for me.). huge plate of slow-cooked pork belly, a dozen shucked oysters, a huge pile of kimchee.  lettuce wraps.  All you can eat gamjatang cooking on a burner on the side (it's not great gamjatang...go to Donwong or something for that).  Pure happiness.

 

All that food..and a bottle of soju.  About $25.

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Sigh. I go to Seoul twice a year at least. I'll be there in Q3 at some point. At best I get to eat at that Lotte food court. However the Seoul Four Seasons is one of my favorites.

Finally a good cocktail bar in that Four seasons.

This is news I can use.

 

 

Charles H.  ask at the concierge where the door is.  

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We almost went last year but had to cancel. Research made me think Michelin is not the way to go

Did you ever go ? and whether yea or nay, are there a few places on your list that you are convinced are HIGHLY worthy ? or that you would like some feedback on ?

 

Because I sent this list to the Kimchee Princess a while ago and she was NOT AT ALL impressed and that surprised me a bit … but I sense that there’s probably some possessive, territorial thing going on with my Asian Tigress because, like most, she loves her country and is extremely proud of it … and, unlike when in NYC / Paris / Spain / etc where Chambo decides for the most part because he is the subject matter expert and she knows that and appreciates that and is almost always happy with the results** especially since she usually doesn't do her homework in advance and relies on this sweet little one, SHE WANTS to be in charge of what we do and where we go while I’m searching for my soul in Seoul … and I like that A LOT because she’s def an expert on the city* and the neighborhoods and what’s going on as are her Seoul-based friends who I know somewhat and she knows me well and knows what I like and, most importantly, it means she’s passionate about it and wants to share her passion and make sure that I understand why she feels so strongly about Seoul and South Korea. All good stuff .. great stuff !

 

That said, re restos I’m pretty darn sure that she doesn’t know many of those on your list … and / or she thinks they are poorly located, but I’m not sure cuz I haven’t peeled the onion on this topic yet … although there was at least one, a casual one, that she said she was a fave of her, her bro and they go … so …

 

Give me two or three … and let’s see what happens …

 

You see, I know her well too … and she’s more arty than thorough and probably looked at the first handful of them and said screw this … I’m in charge ! I’ll show Chambo what I’ve been dealing with for years and years ….

 

 

*even if she hasn’t lived there full-time for a long long time … but she visits at min annually and prob 2x per year

 

**although something went wrong for her at Gresca Bar ... and I told her it was a must ... she sent the pics and she clearly ordered WRONG ... but she said these were recommended to her ... but they were bad, boring choices for her because she's a very adventurous eater and she missed all the good stuff ... bummer ... and I told her that the Chambo concierge service is a 24/7 operation and it's her fault for not making use of it ... but Pellicer, Dos Pebrots, Fismuller for lunch and Chambo was back in her good graces and followed thru with home runs in Valencia that matched her to a T ... for Tigress

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Restaurant Mingles was recommended to us by Ellia Park at Atomix when we mentioned we were visiting Seoul earlier this year. 

 

http://www.restaurant-mingles.com/v2/gallery/

 

We didn't make it because it looked very similar to another place we did end up booking called Soigne, which we enjoyed quite a bit. Their alcohol pairings in particular:

 

http://soignerestaurantgroup.com/wp/

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Yeoboseyo, are you restricted to Seoul?  We loved little sister, Busan in the south (a cpl hrs by train).  Felt more connected with the people (incredibly friendly) and culture (not as cosmopolitan and mainstream as Seoul).  The fish market too is massive and food hawkers that setup in the middle of alleys and closed off streets prepare a dizzying assortment of very well executed street food.         

 

Also of note is Jeju (honeymoon) island off the southern coast with it's black sand beaches, lava caves, hills and charming villages. Wife said it reminded her of the varied landscape of Hawaii.  It is beautiful. Have her take you there : )

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