Specializing in the storied dishes that were once served to Korea’s royals, this mini Seoul-based chain stands out from the K-town crowd. This is largely thanks to its hanbok-attired servers and warren of private rooms, featuring an expansive foyer with a counter and carved wooden seats with plush cushions. Most diners arrive in large groups to sample set menus that are available at various price levels. However, dining à la carte is a great option as well.
Those accustomed to the banchan will be astounded by the intricacy of bo ssam kimchi—a simple, warm and appetizing cabbage soup accompanied by a cold nest of pungent kimchi. This may be tailed by tang pyeong chae—savory mung bean jelly noodles tossed with sesame oil for a delicate palate-cleanser.