Typically, when I'm with a friend who isn't too familiar with Itaewon and the restaurants within, after some wandering I typically recommend Zelen. It can be hard to get seated without a reservation. So if you're planning to go, I recommend calling first.
The interior is pleasant, but nothing stands out as too authentic or spectacular. What is spectacular are some of their great dishes. One of my favorites is the spinach stuffed chicken... and I'm not even a huge fan of spinach! Other stuffed meat dishes are good as well. The curry is pretty decent, and several of their appetizers are divine. One complaint is that I have on a few rare occasions found the meat to be a little bit dry. Usually there's some kind of sauce that is included with the meat, and it doesn't upset me much that it's not quite as tender/juicy as I was hoping.
It's a great date place if that's what you're after. I've also been here for many large gatherings of 10-20 friends, and each time I was satisfied with what I ordered or tasted from other friends' dishes.
In a nutshell: Zelen comes "Recommended!"
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