A noodle restaurant that strings a variety of Asian dishes togetherEveryone and everything seems to be going fusion these days. From Chinese-Western to Vietnamese-Thai to Japanese-Korean, restaurants that synthesize various mixes of culinary styles are thriving in Seoul. Feel like eating some noodles tonight with a flair of sophistication and chi chi? Homyeondang may be the place for you. This noodle bar in Cheongdam-dong provides a combination of Chinese, Vietnamese, Italian, Japanese and Thai noodles and sushi roll dishes that will satiate the cosmopolitan tastes of the younger generation.
The most popular noodle dish is “Hohaemyeon,” a seafood noodle with shrimp, clams and scallops in a pungent and shimmering broth, suitable for the spicy palate. The soy milk noodles look like spaghetti with Alfredo sauce, but they are as healthy as the name suggests. The lo mein has an authenticity that rivals what is found in Chinese eateries. There are more than 20 types of noodles at this restaurant, but sushi rolls take up a substantial portion of the menu. California rolls and rainbow rolls complement well the noodle dishes. For starters, the tofu salad and the mussel soup are highly recommended. Homyeondang harmonizes the best of Eastern and Western cuisine.
The restaurant’s concept is that of a “premium noodle bar,” and its posh interior conveys this image well. Its modern monotone interior of dark brown wood gives the restaurant an air of sophistication. The restaurant’s concrete exterior provides an ultramodern feel; its attached wooden terrace covered with plants is very cozy.
The restaurant differentiates itself from other fusion noodle bars with the claim that it uses organic ingredients. In line with this idea, Homyeondang’s noodle dishes are made of organic seafood, vegetables and meat. An interesting point to note is that Ban Deli, a New York-style deli that serves sandwiches, bread and pastries made with only organic ingredients, is located next to the restaurant.
Prices for the meals range from 10,000 to 30,000 won ($8.55 to $25.64) per person, with a 10 percent VAT included. The prices may be a tad expensive if only the the food portions are taken into account, but considering the relaxed ambience, which adds to the dining experience, Homyeondang is well worth the price.
11:30 am to 11 pm
Reservations not required
by Choi Jie-ho
with the Korea JoongAng Daily
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