When it comes to the best fine-dining restaurants in South Korea, Mingles restaurant undoubtedly comes at the top of the list. The 1-Michelin star ultra-modern Korean restaurants in Gangnam is renowned for its modern and innovative Asian cuisine. Ranked 89 in the Best restaurants in the World and also ranked 15 in the “Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants” in 2007. It is also considered to be one of the highest ranked restaurants in South Korea.

As per the name Mingles, the cuisine is also created mingling many styles including Spanish, French and Japanese cuisine along with Korean style of cooking. The chefs at Mingles go through a tough process in and out of the kitchen in gaining knowledge about the various ingredients and different styles of cooking. The cuisine is created only using the seasonal and traditional ingredients that has been passed over thousands of years ago from the palace kitchens and from the chefs who cooked for famous kings and warriors.

One of the signature dishes “Citron Pot” also known as citrus yuja danja was an ancient dish that has been offered to kings and is still a very popular dish with the locals. Another delightful dish that you cannot miss out at the Mingles is the “Jangajji” or the pickled vegetables that have been kept fermented for a long time. With these kind of innovative dishes, Mingles has increased their influence in the local dining scene for many years running.

Q In the Kitchen

Chef Kang earned a degree in culinarts arts from the famous Kyonggi University in South Korea and then left to work in some of the popular restaurants in many countries including the U.S, France, Spain and Bahamas. According to Chef Kang, he feels it is his eternal duty to bring to the people of Korea the importance of his Korean roots with a touch of international experience.

Chef Kang explains that Mingles symbolizes the objective of “mixing contrasting components into harmony” and hence named his restaurant as Mingles. The simple philosophy of Chef Kang is create innovate in the kitchen by create new and extraordinary dishes without compromising on the essence of the Korean cuisine. Still in his 30’s Chef Kang has an impressive profile having been the youngest Chef at the renowned Nobu Bahamas hotel and other various restaurants around the world, returned to Korea to start his dream restaurant, Mingles.

His main objective is to provide his Korean guests with a dining experience that they would have experienced before and for his foreign customers a cuisine that is both international and still has the essence of Korean flavors. Hence, he started focusing on the Korean cuisine and also began to innovate them with some international touch. Most of cuisines are prepared using seasonal ingredients along with traditional sauce.

Q Awards and Achievements

Asia's 50 Best Restaurants 2018: #11
Michelin Guide Seoul 2018: One Star ☆

Q The Menu

8 course spring menu: KRW 150'000

Q Dress code, children and other policies.

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  • Wednesday12:00 - 15:0018:00 - 22:30
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  • Meals served:Lunch, Dinner
  • Cuisine Style:Contemporary Korean

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