Thanksgiving is yesterdays news, and there are only a few more weeks until Christmas!!!!. Christmas is my absolute favourite time of year, I just adore getting gussied up, filling my belly with seasonal treats and drinking far too many champagne cocktails. Once January comes around Seoul gets insanely cold and personally I try to leave the house as little as possible, so now is the time to do as much celebrating and eating out as possible. Choosing the correct place to spend your special day is of the utmost importance, especially if you are visiting from out of town. Luckily I’ve put together a list of some of the best options of where to eat this holiday season.This list is in no means complete so stay tuned because I will be adding more events as the days roll by, but this should be enough to get you started.
La Marmite – HBC’s very own French bistro will be offering a four day special set menu for the festive period from December 22nd-25th. The six course menu includes a bisque, scallops, homemade ravioli, stout braised beef, cheese plate with homemade bread, and chocolate fondant with tarragon ice cream. The dinner costs 75,000 per person, with an optional wine pairing for an extra 25,000. Reservations are recommended and can be made via the event facebook page.
Urban Farm Table – UFT reopened this year in a new location and I for one am thrilled as i loved the old restaurant a lot and was sad when the farm to table eatery closed. They are are putting on an 8 course menu for a lucky few (the place is very small so can only host 8) on December 23rd & 24th. The menu which includes scallops, pork and locally made cheese will be 100,000 per person, or 150,000 if you want a 5 course wine pairing. Having had Chef Roydon’s food before, I am sure you are in for a treat, and this is a real foodie’s type of event. For more details you can visit their facebook page.
Braai Republic – The South African pub will be doing their traditional South African Christmas lunch on December 25th. The 3 course set menu menu includes, a steaming glass of Glühwein, cream of mushroom soup, leg of lamb, bobotie sausage, mashed potato & gravy and mixed veggies, and malva pudding and ice cream for dessert. Tickets cost 45,000 per person (which will include a W5,000 tip for the hard-working staff at Braai Republic). Lunch will start at 1PM with only one sitting. Regular menu items will be available after 5PM. To reserve a seat, email them at email@example.com.
WinK – The Kyodae kitchen and taphouse is celebrating the holiday season by knocking up a feast of seasonal delights. They are offering dinner on December 23rd, 24th, and 25th and will have two seatings on each day. The dinner Includes a glass of wine or beer, oven roasted turkey, turkey gravy, red wine cranberry sauce, roasted garlic mashed potato, ham quiche with mushroom, sauteed vegetables and vanilla creme brulee for dessert. There are also optional all you can drink specials for those who really want to let their hair down. To reserve your seat you can contact them on 02-6053-3249 or via their facebook page.
Route 66 – This year will be the 4th Annual Route 66 Christmas Eve Buffet on Sunday, December 24th. The lunch begins at 3 pm, and includes turkey, ham, gravy, sweet potato casserole, garlic mashed potatoes, veggies, rolls, buffalo chicken dip, apple and pumpkin pie, and vanilla ice cream. Tickets are 40,000 and come with a drink. There is limited availability so swing buy the bar or visit their facebook page to reserve your spot.
Bull and Barrel – On December 24th & 25th, Bull and Barrel will host their 6th Annual Christmas dinner buffet. Their traditional dinner will include roast turkey, chestnut stuffing with turkey gravy, cod au gratin, roast ham, roast potatoes, green beans and seasonal vegetables, cranberry sauce, and cheesecake with berry coulis for dessert. As usual you also get a complimentary alcoholic beverage. Tickets are 40,000 per guest with cash payment or bank transfer. Text 010-9982-2423 to make your reservation today, or visit their facebook event page.
El Pino 323 – For those who come from warmer and spicier climates, you might feel more comfortable scarfing down a festive Mexican Feast. El Pino is offering all you can eat tacos for two hours on December 23rd & 24th for a mere 35,000 per person. There are a whole host of tacos to choose from, and even a few extra dishes. I was very tempted by this one myself, though I’d hate to bankrupt them with the sheer amount of tacos I would be capable of eating. Reservations and prepayment must be made in advance, see their facebook event page for details.
Vatos – Christmas is a time for drinking and eating, but it is also a time for eating. Thankfully you can do all three at Vatos’s pay it Forward party on saturday December 23rd. The menu hasn’t been published yet, but ‘ve yet tio eat a bad meal there yet. The tickets cost 40,000 per person and the proceeds will go to Jerusulam Children’s Ministry. You can stuff your face, get your drink on with some of their awesome cocktails and give yourself a big pat on the back for giving back to the local community. Its win, win, win! See the facebook event page for details on how to book.
Four Seasons – December 1st-31st – Nothing says Christmas like a fully cooked turkey dinner, and if you live life without an oven the Four Seasons Hotel has you covered. Throughout the month of December they will be providing fully cooked turkey dinners packaged and ready to go. So if you are having friends over or just eat the whole thing yourself (no judgement here) you can pre-order one through their website. If you would rather eat inside the hotel they are holding a seasonal brunch at the Market Kitchen on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and NYE , and an all you can drink Champagne one at Boccalino (125,000). See their holiday events calendar for more details.