Jung Sik Dang 정식당

Jung Sik Dang 정식당 is a Korean fusion fine dining restaurant in the trendy Gangnam are in Seoul. They described themselves as “New Korean Cuisine”. The name of the restaurant, Jungsik, was a play on words. In Korean language, Jungsik is a formal dinner and it is also the name of the executive chef, Jungsik Yim (the description about the name  of the restaurant was copied out from the restaurant’s official website, a Korean speaking reader has pointed out a error in the description, put see comment below).

Thanks to the recommendation by a very good friend, who is Korean, I visited Jung Sik Dang during my Korean trip last Summer. It was one of the most memorable restaurant I went to during that trip.

Fusion cuisine is very common and popular in recent years. The common varieties that one commonly encounters are mostly Japanese, Thai or Chinese fusion. I must say this was the first time I have eaten Korean fusion cuisine. I have never previously thought about how you could blend in typical Korean flavors like kimchee harmoniously with western cuisine. I am glad to report that chef Jungsik manged to do so very successfully.

All the dishes are well presented of course. Superficially, they just look like any other western style cuisine, but the taste will surprise you with Korean flavors coming through.

The restaurant itself is nicely decorated with a modern theme. The service was excellent. There are 2 set menus to choose from at 100,000 and 120,000won. We had the 120,000won tasting dinner. For the quality of cuisine and service, I must say the prices are very reasonable indeed. I would highly recommend this restaurant if you were to visit Seoul.

All the photos were shot in RAW with Fujifilm X-Pro1 with Fujinon XF 35mm f1.4 R. The RAW files were processed with Capture One Pro with further processing in Photoshop CS5 before final output to the web.

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2 thoughts on “Jung Sik Dang 정식당

  1. There is another word play in the name, in that “sikdang” means restaurant in Korean. It’s true that “jungsik” means something like formal dining, so there is word play there, but it doesn’t follow that jungsik is the name of the restaurant. If anything, the name of the restaurant would be “jung”, as in Jung Restaurant.
    The comment on the word play notwithstanding, I wanted to say that I enjoy your blog and check in once in a while to see what you’ve been eating and more importantly, to see what new thoughts you have on photography and gear.

    • Hi S. Kim,

      Thanks for the explanation. I copied the description about the name about the restaurant from Jungski’s official website. As I do not know the Korean language at all, I just took it as they said. Well, I guess they were not technically totally correct, thanks for the clarification!

      I have added a note to the main text above about the error.

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