The 2-Michelin Star restaurant in Seoul, Jungsik is one of the best contemporary Korean restaurants in the city. Chef and owner Jungsik Yim is renowned for creating some of the best Korean cuisine using seasonal and traditional ingredients to create a new brand of Korean cuisine. Korea is popular for its molecular food and Jungsik is on the top of the list to use the molecular philosophy in its cuisine but yet serving them in a contemporary manner.
Chef Jung Sik Yim opened the restaurant in 2009 and soon became popular with his ultra-modern style of Korean cuisine and also got his restaurants ranked in the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants. He also own a Michelin star restaurant in New York too.
The interior is quite contemporary and doesn’t look too upscale. The restaurants is surrounded by that adds to the warmth and fresh air to the restaurant. The interior comes with a minimalistic colors blending black and white which highly complements the soothing jazz music playing in the background. The dining hall has large tables on the center perfect for a large group of guest and the corners are filled with tables good for couples.
For lunch, you can either choose 4 to 5 dishes or if you want go all out, then you order for the tasting menu that comes with a total of 8 dishes with different sections including appetizers, rice, land, seafood and sweet. And with sections there are 3-4 varieties of dishes which you can mix and match accordingly to your taste.
The signature dish of the Jungsik that is hugely popular is the Dolhareubang dessert and when it arrived we are surprised at the amount of time the chefs had taken to create this shape. It largely resembles a stone statue that could be found in the Jeju Island in South Korea. And it tasted like green tea along with delicious crumbles and sorbets.
Overall, the Jungsik is a high-quality restaurant that comes with a great décor and excellent atmosphere with an amazing Korean cuisine. If you are in Seoul, then you cannot miss out on the fine dining experience at the Jungsik.
Even though he was born in South Korea, Chef Jungsik Yim spent most of years in the US during his studies and working in many famous restaurants. He is also considered to be one of the promising students in the culinary institute of America.
He opened Jungsik in Seoul in 2009 and in 2011 he opened a branch in New York along with 4 young chefs. The restaurant soon started to capture a lot of attention in the New York dining scene with his traditional Korean cuisine combined with innovative avant-garde techniques. According Chef Jungsik Yim, the success lies in experimenting with new styles and techniques each and every day to provide the guests with an outstanding cuisine that lingers their minds even after they leave the restaurant.
He doesn’t hesitate to change a dish to provide a new dimension to its presentation and taste like converting the bibim bap into a delicious salad or the kimchi into a dish with beautiful dressing
Michelin Guide Seoul 2018: Two Stars ☆☆
5 course menu: KRW 130'000
8 course Signature Menu: KRW 200'000 and KRW 120'000 for wine pairing.