Restaurants that keep on servingSeoul seems perpetually crowded, but over the Chuseok holiday, the quiet streets make it one of the best places in Korea to be. Here are some restaurants that will stay open during the holiday.
South of Han River
Norita (Italian food)
This Italian restaurant stands out for ambience and authenticity.
Phone: (02) 599-5258
Hours: 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Price: seafood pasta, 8,500 won ($7.25).
Location: Subway line No. 2, Gangnam Station, exit 5, next to Marche.
French restaurant offering everything from sirloin steak to ostrich meat.
Phone: (02) 555-1324
Hours: 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Price: rump steak, 17,500 won.
Location: Subway line No. 2, Samseong Station, exit 2.
October Feast (Beer hof)
German beer home-brewed here.
Phone: (02) 3481-8881
Hours: 11:30 a.m - 2:30 p.m., 5 - 11 p.m.
Price: Weisse Bier (330 ml), 3,700 won; assorted sausages, 15,400 won.
Location: Subway line No. 3, Seoul University of Education Station, exit 4.
Mad for Garlic (Western)
A family restaurant that cooks garlic uniquely. The pastas are exquisite.
Phone: (02) 546-8117
Hours: 11:30 a.m. - 1 a.m.
Price: pasta dishes, around 12,000 won.
Location: Subway line No. 2, Apgujeong Station, exit 2.
Palais de Gaumont (French)
The landscape viewed through wood-framed windows guarantees an enjoyable meal.
Phone: (02) 546-8877
Working hours: 11:30 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Price: set dinner, 69,000 won.
Location: From Cheongdam crossroads, go about 150 meters (490 feet) toward Galleria Department store. Turn right at Dolce & Gabbana’s.
Italian restaurant where you pair the pasta with the sauce.
Phone: (02) 516-1581
Hours: noon - 11 p.m.
Price: small pasta, 9,500 won.
Location: Go towards Hakdong crossroads from the Galleria department store in Apgujeong.
North of Han River
Pork rib restaurant in a converted house with a covered-wagon atmosphere. The air smells of oak and the tastes are unique.
Phone: (02) 322-9199
Hours: 5 p.m. - 2 a.m.
Price: roasted pork, 7,000 won.
Location: 50 meters from the first alley on the right of 7-Eleven at the Hongkik University three-way junction.
Specializes in steamed oxtail soup.
Phone: (02) 765-4237
Hours: 24 hours (opens at 4 p.m. on the day of Chuseok, Sept. 11).
Price: thick beef soup, 10,000 won; steamed oxtail, 20,000 won.
Location: Near Piccadilly Cinema, Jongno 3-ga Subway Station.
Daerim Potato Soup (Korean)
Specializes in traditional Korean potato soup, served piping hot.
Phone: (02) 309-7035 Hours: 24 hours.
Price: potato soup, 15,000 won.
Chinese restaurant that cooks Hong Kong dishes in American style. A local favorite, especially for its Szechwan specials.
Phone: (02) 793-0802
Hours: 11:30 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Price: daily special dishes are 3,900 won.
Location: Second floor of Hamilton Hotel, Itaewon.
by Yoo Cheol-sang