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Best Contemporary & Fusion in Seoul

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Si.Wha.Dam Itaewon

The huge white cube facade doesn't prepare you to what is inside. Si.Wha.Dam Itaewon looks more of a prestigious art gallery than a fine dining restaurant. But it is and among the top of its kind. A part of the Relais & Chateaux, this tastefully done up establishment with antique Korean objects and other artistic installations as decorative elements believes in showcasing food as poetic renditions in bespoke ceramic vessels by renowned Korean artists. The result is like a painting unveiled where seasonal ingredients are used in the canvas to reveal a story. Get bedazzled by the beautiful plates and fall in love with the distinct flavors of their modern Korean cuisine. Reservations are highly recommended.

Seoul, South Korea
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Rye Post

If you love sandwiches, then Rye Post is worth a try. Known for their gourmet sandwiches that's inspired from across the globe, they take pride in making their bread to sauces on-site daily. Whether single or with family and friends, their filling sandwiches will make you want to come back for more. These include the likes of Bacon Avocado, Vietnamese Banh Mi, The All American Burger and Philly Cheesesteak. If you are in on a Saturday or Sunday, then you can try their specials like 48 Hour New York Pastrami. Complement your meal with a craft beer from their tap. You can also order some fries to go along your sandwiches but at an added cost.

Seoul, South Korea
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Vatos Urban Tacos

Opened in 2011, Vatos Urban Tacos in Itaewon is the flagship eatery of this small chain of restaurants. The brainchild of three friends with a Korean-American lineage, their mutual love for Korean and Mexican food led to the opening of this Korean-Mexican fusion eatery. The inspired menu is reflected in the chic industrial decor accentuated by birdcage light fixtures and an open kitchen. Dig into their creations like the Baja Fish Tacos, Kimchi Carnitas Fries, Galbi Short Ribs Tacos, Chimichurri Chicken Tacos and Cilantro Lime Chicken Burrito. They do have options for vegans and vegetarians. Complement your meal with draft beer and specialty cocktails.

Seoul, South Korea
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Pierre Gagnaire à Séoul

Pierre Gagnaire is one of the most lauded French chefs across the globe. His sole restaurant in Seoul and the country is a much celebrated French fine dining establishment. Opened in 2008 on the 35th floor of the Lotte Hotel, its regal look is accentuated by gilded mirrors, Murano chandeliers and other elegant decorative elements. The expansive windows not only make it look more spacious but also give lovely vistas of the nearby mountains and the cityscape. Using mostly Korean ingredients, their sublime food is a feast to the eyes as well. Complement your meal with wine from their exemplary wine list.

Seoul, South Korea
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Ryunique

Considered to be among the top 50 restaurants in the world, Ryunique has been wowing diners since 2011. Owned and helmed by Chef Tae Hwan Ryu, this elegant establishment offers a seasonal menu that highlights contemporary French and Japanese cuisines with market fresh Korean ingredients. A beautiful balance of fusion and culinary art, their dishes are sublime and worth all the applause it has garnered over the years since its opening. Complement your meal with wine suggested by their sommeliers. Reservations are highly recommended.

Seoul, South Korea
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Kwonsooksoo

Since its inception, Kwonsooksoo has been the neighborhood's got-to place for a scintillating, locally-inspired meal. Elegant, with a touch of sophistication and a warm, welcoming atmosphere, this place is perfect for an intimate yet casual meal with friends and family. Staying true to tradition, this restaurant utilizes age-old recipes and locally sourced ingredients to dish out meals rich in flavor. Be sure to sink your teeth into the signature Beef Tteokgalbi, Mitten Crab and Striploin Steak, and top it off with an classic Korean dessert.

Seoul, South Korea
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Jungsik

Jungsik is the brainchild of chef and owner, Yim Jungsik. Opened in 2009, this New Korean restaurant has created a stir in the culinary world. It has a branch in New York as well which is highly acclaimed. Traditional cuisine is modified by contemporary cooking methods and presentation that are not only beautiful to look but also delightful to the palate. You can choose your lunch or dinner fare or go for their tasting menus. Savor dishes like Mushroom Quatorze, Sea Urchin Rice, Smoked Pork Jowl and Galbi Seasoned Ribs. Round it off with a dessert such as Cherry Blossoms.

Seoul, South Korea
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Mingles

One of the most noted restaurants in the city, Mingles is the place to be for an outright enjoyable dining experience. From its chic, modern decor and warm atmosphere, to its flavorsome food, everything at this restaurant is designed to offer a light-hearted experience. Featuring a scrumptious variety of traditional Korean delicacies, with a twist of international flavors and techniques, the food served here is certain to have you coming back for more. Do-try the Korean beef, bansang and spring lobster, and top off your meal with an enticing local dessert.

Seoul, South Korea
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Soigné

One of the most popular restaurants in the city, Soigné features an elaborate menu inspired by cuisines from across the world. Its basic yet elegant interiors include warm color tones, exquisite furniture and a warm atmosphere that sets up the mood perfectly for a laid-back meal. The brainchild of chef Jun Lee, this restaurant incorporates contemporary American, French and Italian influences, into Korean cuisine, to offer a unique yet wonderful dining experience. The menu changes seasonally, so one can expect a different experience each time you choose to dine at this brilliant restaurant.

Seoul, South Korea
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