Chez Simon deserves praise. My friends, who were visiting from the States, went there two nights in a row; it's that good.
The restaurant is located in Samcheong-dong, a trendy neighbourhood near Anjuk Station. It's situated at the top of a VERY long and step staircase and it's not easy to see from the road. It's near Breezin Coffee Shop. Inside, the restaurant is very small. There are only five tables (20 seats total). The space, though, is charming and intimate. You feel as if you're in a Parisian apartment. There is tartan wallpaper, and shelfs decorated with carefully chosen items. The entire restaurant is run by two people - the chef and the server!
There is only one set menu with multiple courses, which means you either eat what's on the menu or you don't. The chef, though, is very good about asking if any of the guest have allergies. Two of my friends are gluten-intolerant, so the chef made sure not to use wheat flour when cooking.
The meal begins with a small amuse-bouche. There are then four or five courses, a soup course, a type of salad, a fish course, a meat course, and then dessert. Each course was made exquisitely. My guests and I could not believe how delicious the food was and how beautifully prepared. The meat course both nights was a beef tenderloin perfectly cooked. I requested medium rare and my friend requested rare. I haven't seen rare meat cooked so well in a long time.
The fish course was also delicious, delicate and flavorful. Each plate left our table cleaned of everything. The most important part was that the meal was balanced and you left feeling great - not hungry or overly full. The chef knew exactly how much to serve his guests.
The cost of the prefix menu is 50,000 won, or $46 dollars per person. Given the quality and service and flavors, this is the best bargain in Seoul. I cannot recommend this restaurant enough.
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