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.
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