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“Excellent service and food - impressed and happy!”
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Jihwaja
Price range: $50 - $190
Cuisines: Korean
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Good for: Special occasions
Dining options: Reservations
Description: Jihwaja offers royal dishes that in the past were served to the royal family. It has enjoyed a high reputation as the finest restaurant that offers royal cuisine, the essence of the Korean food culture. Jihwaja serves gourmet course meals including appetizers, main dishes, and desserts, as well as a variety of traditional foods, wines, and liquors, which were served for various royal banquets. All the dishes represent the essence of the Korean food culture.
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“Excellent service and food - impressed and happy!”
Reviewed May 29, 2012

We made a reservation at Jihwaja for their royal deluxe degustation menu (gungjung manchan) as we wanted to have a taste of what royal court cuisine is, and this restaurant was opened by Hwang Hye -sung, the 2nd royal culinary art master (you can read more on their english website). It sounded great, and we were glad that the meal met our expectations. Besides the great taste, variety and freshness of the ingredients, the presentation of the items was exquisite. Ambience was great too - we had a private room with traditional decor and music. [just a side note: we ordered the largest course meal as we wanted to go for the works, there are smaller course meals as well.]

Service was also excellent. We were late for our reservation timing and it was also 15 minutes past their last order time (our fault for not budgeting enough time to get down from Namsan tower to the base of the hill, where the restaurant is located. there's actually a queue for the elevator down!). However, they called us up and were also willing to go ahead with our reservation even though we were so late. Granted, we did try to wolf down everything as fast as possible (there were about 14 dishes in about 6 courses), but we were the last customers to leave. We were really appreciative on how pleasant and attentive their service was. After the meal, they also called a cab for us to return to our hotel, and waited outside (it was quite cold) for the cab for us.

Great food, great customer service, definitely happy with the whole experience. Visitors to Seoul should try this place at least once!

  • Visited May 2012
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