La Yeon means Celebration in Korean and the restaurant is located on the 23rd floor of the Shilla Hotel in Seoul. Open in 2103, La Yeon offers spectacular views of the city along with beautiful Namsam Park. Similar to the preparation of the Kaiseki menu, Chef Sung il Kim prepares his Korean cuisine offering dishes in different styles, but still rice as the main savory course.

The dining room is pretty spacious with tables neatly spread out with clean white tablecloths. You can choose between two tasting menus, one with a limited dishes and the other with a longer list, but a bit pricey. You can also mix and match dishes among these two menus according to your taste. The wine list offered at the La Yeon is pretty awesome with a huge variety of wines sourced from France and around the world.

Dining at the La Yeon almost makes you feel like a Korean royalty with its upscale interior and remarkable food. The 3-Michelin Star restaurant mainly focuses on providing high-quality Korean cuisine that envisages the importance of the traditional Korean culture and cuisine.  It also has been ranked as one of the “Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants” and also listed as a restaurant that is “One to Watch”. Situated on a hill, the view from the dining hall is mesmerizing. The service was excellent as all the sommelier are well-trained and have a huge knowledge about what they serve and also explain them in crisp English.

Q In the Kitchen

The Executive Chef of La Yen, Chef Kim Sung il is one the more celebrated Chef in South Korean and is also been awarded with most coveted 3-Michelin Stars for his outstanding work in the Korean dining scene. With over 25 years of experience in culinary industry serving some exceptional Korean cuisine, Chef Kim Sung il is a master of the art and has totally dedicated his life for the uplift and sharing his knowledge and passion about the importance and intricacies of the Korean cuisine to the world.

Chef Kim is also considered to be the one responsible for rejuvenating the Korean cuisine and flavors by using all seasonal and natural ingredients sourced only from around the country in his dishes. He always looks to place a lot of importance on the freshness and the source of the ingredients used in his cuisine. He also earned a lot of acclaim from critics and foodies in South Korea for his unique presentation of the traditional Korean cuisine and for providing importance to the seasonal ingredients in his cuisine.

Q Awards and Achievements

Michelin Guide Seoul 2018: Three Stars ☆☆☆
Asia's 50 Best Restaurants 2017: #38

Q The Menu

"Yeon - The Feast" 8 course - KRW 175'000 | 4 glasses of wine pairing KRW 149'000 | 5 glasses of Korean liquor pairing KRW 90'000
"Shilla" 10 course - KRW 270'000 | 5 glasses of wine pairing KRW 179'000 | 6 glasses of Korean liquor pairing KRW 135'000

Q Dress code, children and other policies.

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  • Monday12:00 - 14:3018:00 - 22:00
  • Tuesday12:00 - 14:3018:00 - 22:00
  • Wednesday12:00 - 14:3018:00 - 22:00
  • Thursday12:00 - 14:3018:00 - 22:00
  • Friday12:00 - 14:3018:00 - 22:00
  • Saturday12:00 - 14:3018:00 - 22:00
  • Sunday12:00 - 14:3018:00 - 22:00

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  • Meals served:Lunch, Dinner
  • Cuisine Style:Korean

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