Gaon, the 3-Michelin star restaurant in Seoul was opened in 2004 and moved to the current premises in 2014. Gaon is owned GwangJuYo Group that is renowned for making some beautiful ceramic products and you can see in play the artistic crockery utensils in use provided by its parent company.

Chef Kim Byung Gin has been working at the Gaon for over 15 years now and is the brain behind offering some of the finest Korean cuisine in the city. Owner Kim Myeong-sook comes with a lot of experience under his belt having won a lot of accolades in the culinary industry including the Presidential prize at the Korea Food and Tourism Exhibition along with the Gold Prize at the Korea International Cooking Contest.

The restaurant is ajumma certified and is also renowned for making amazing food gifts for wedding couples, a longstanding Korean tradition to present the bride and bridegroom with delicious sweets including the pyebaek and ibaji tteok. Especially the tteok’s made at the Gaon is a great hit among the customers and it sells out pretty much soon daily.

The restaurant is mainly focussed on delivering high quality Korean cuisine that nurtures and follows the aesthetics of the Korean traditions and culture. The carefully prepared Korean dishes using some of the best and fresh seasonal ingredients are presented beautifully in amazing ceramic plates.

The restaurant consists of 3 floors and each floor comes with a different motif and unique design. While one of the wall is designed using beautifully lit color bars the other floor walls comes designed using old newspapers. The menu is filled with extraordinary Korean classics. Some of the signature dishes include the radish Kimchi combine brilliantly with delicious oyster and Haemool Pajun, meticulously baked pancake filled with scallop and squids are some of the must-order dishes when you are there at Gaon. The wine list at Gaon is also huge with traditional Korean drinks and a vast collection of other popular wines sourced from around the globe.

Q In the Kitchen

Chef Kim Byung jin is with the restaurant for over 15 years and has largely devoted his culinary career to study and innovate with new recipes inspired by the ancient Korean dishes and flavors. The Korean haute cuisine is largely untapped and Chef Byung Jin considers discovering the elegance and the beauty of the traditional cuisine may result in creating some of the finest recipes that would awe the guests to a certain extent.

According to Chef Byung Jin, the 3-Michelin stars awarded to the restaurant has provided with a fabulous opportunity for him to innovate and experiment with Korean cuisine. With his delicate presentation and expert cooking skills, he intends more people to appreciate the importance of the Korean cuisine and its culture and in a way to increase the interests among young people to take up to culinary and spread the magic of Korean cuisine globally.

Q Awards and Achievements

Michelin Guide Seoul 2018: Three Stars ☆☆☆

Q The Menu

Q Dress code, children and other policies.

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  • Monday17:30 - 23:00
  • Tuesday17:30 - 23:00
  • Wednesday17:30 - 23:00
  • Thursday17:30 - 23:00
  • Friday17:30 - 23:00
  • Saturday17:30 - 23:00

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  • Meals served:Dinner
  • Cuisine Style:Korean

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