Known as one of South Korea’s most affluent districts, Gangnam bustles with shopping destinations that attract crowds year-round. Tourists flock to Gangnam not just for its plethora of international brands and shopping experiences but also for its culinary scene. The global appeal of the food and the endless array of top-notch restaurants ensure you’ll never tire of the dining options Gangnam offers.
If you are a sucker for tangy Spanish food and you are in Gangnam, the first place you should hit is Sobremesa. A premier destination for Spanish cuisine in Gangnam, Sobremesa captivates with a specialty in European, Spanish, and delectable Mediterranean dishes. And oh! Also, they are vegetarian-friendly. The head chef creates the country’s traditional recipes with a bit of Spanish rooting to them that gives an excellent taste, essentially drawing huge applause from tourists worldwide. The most cherished dish is the Segovia suckling pig, which is served with some sous vide potato with a roasted apple. You always need to have a reservation, especially when it’s a weekend.
This is one of the best Italian-American restaurants in the heart of Gangnam, with an unmissable ambiance. It is also a favorite brunch place for the Gangnam people and draws a major crowd because of its huge array of authentic Italian and American recipes in all Seoul. While their menu might seem utterly simple, it’s not so dull in reality. In fact, it’s almost a shame not to taste their classics like meatballs and spaghetti when you’re in Gangnam. If you ever visit MADE, you need to try out the beef meatballs that are prepared with local Hanu and good-grade quality beef.
Ranked an impressive 27th among Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, Ryunique is a must-visit for food lovers. The 23-course signature tasting menu, filled with varied tastes, textures, and aromas, is an unmatched culinary experience that is not to be missed. The head chef Tae Hwan Ryu blends and mixes all of the different Japanese and Western culinary techniques with his Korean ingredients and serves them.
While Pier 17 is primarily known for its Mexican offerings, it also serves a variety of seafood dishes inspired by continental cuisines, including authentic Cajun and Creole recipes. Plus, Pier 17 is one of the best havens for seafood dining, cleverly infused with Mexican cuisines. Their top servings are the dishes like gumbo, jambalaya, and boiled seafood that definitely need appreciation. The cocktail served here is the best in the town, the Shark Attack being the talk of the town wherever you go in Gangnam. It is essentially a blue margarita with a plastic shark on the top that oozes strawberry daiquiri on squeezing; quite impressive creation of this place. This is a must-try restaurant if you are a lover of Mexican food and have a thing for cocktails.
Min’s Kitchen, serving some of the best Asian and Korean fusion cuisines in the area, deserves high praise. The Min’s Kitchen is one of the best restaurants in Gangnam that uses a lot of different types of Western cooking and plating techniques with a bit of reinvention and innovation. The must-try dishes are the Bulgalbi Salad, succulent grilled marinated rib-eye that is set atop a bed of fresh greens, and also the zucchini and fish jeon are excellent choices themselves.
Brick Oven New York Pizzeria
This is a famous Pizza restaurant located in Gangnam. The owners, James Yu and Dan Cho, brought this restaurant to Gangnam, Seoul, in 2012. The restaurant serves some of the best authentic pies along with pizza which is a must-try. They also have a pretty mouthful menu serving Italian sausage, pepperoni, ground beef, and many more vegetarian-friendly options.
It is one of the best Hamburger restaurants if you are ever in Gangnam, with different servings of the dish in both Cajun and American styles. This is a gem of a restaurant that serves authentic quality food. The burgers are a must-try as they are specially hand-made with very high-quality ingredients. The classic burger here goes well with the fries with parmesan. The Bubba Gump available here is a perfectly grilled burger that is topped with Cajun shrimp and American cheese, which gives you both the Cajun and American taste (it should be on your food itinerary already!).
The Original Pancake House
As the name says, this is a Pancake house. Originally a US-based eatery, the Gangnam place serves varieties of Pancakes, each rolled with a widely differing texture, taste, and flavor. Some of the classic pancakes served here are Dollar, Banana, and French toast, too, which goes very well with Boyd’s coffee or the Daily’s Premium Bacon. This is a vegan restaurant with an American style to it. Not only the ingredients but the servings are also American-sized, so just order accordingly.
Jin Mi Pyongyang Naengmyeon
Opened in 2016 by Jin Mi Pyongyang, a restaurateur with over 20 years of experience, this restaurant is a very desirable place for Korean food lovers. The cold noodles here are the dream of every Korean food lover, and it is Jin Mi’s original recipe. They also serve many other delightful dishes, such as meat broth made from beef brisket, beef shank, and pork. The broth is a crystal clear dish, and the noodles are very well cooked and chewy, giving that pleasant taste. This is one of Jin Mi’s many signature recipes you need to try when visiting Seoul.
This is a traditional Korean-style restaurant, and the food is very creative and contemporary. Opened in April 2014, the restaurant has been impressing its patrons with a fusion of local and international cuisines. The cooking is Korean style but has its inspirations from Hong Kong and Europe.
The Mingles restaurant in Gangnam is claimed to be the best restaurant in Korea 2016-23 and is in the World’s 50 best restaurants. It serves a very traditional 10-course meal that is based on local fish and vegetable preps. This is an absolute must-try restaurant in the whole of South Korea. The bansang is a Korean meal with rice, soup, kimchi, and jang sauce, and this is one of the many signature meal courses being served over here.
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