The whole city is brimming with festivities – and food – at the end of the year. Families and friends get together to celebrate the season, one when the places in which we gather are more important than ever. The following restaurants set the stage for the ideal holiday meal with warm atmosphere and flavorful food, inspired by our European counterparts.
Le Jardin presents French cuisine at affordable prices, straight from a Brittany-born chef. True to its name, French for garden, Le Jardin offers a homey atmosphere in a renovated private residence. Most of the menu items, such as baguette and handmade sausage, are of the chef ‘s own creation. Jardin’s meals aren’t high-end dishes, but rather homemade French cuisine that conjures the feeling of dining at home.
Choose salmon, steak or confit for the main course and round out your meal with Creme Brulee for dessert. The restaurant is located at the alley across from Pukyong National University. Use public transportation as parking is limited.
Address: 6-2, Yongso-ro 34 beon-gil, Nam-gu, Busan
Hours: From 11:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., with a break from 3:30 to 5:30. Closed on Mondays.
Park Hyatt Living Room
For truly special seasonal atmosphere, try the Living Room. The restaurant overlooks the sea from the 31st floor of Park Hyatt hotel. After sunset Gwangan Bridge is lit up. Few dining experiences are as romantic as the view of the bridge lights against the water at night.
A single menu item is ample for a simple meal, while combo meals are available for extended savoring. Start your meal with warm baguette and amuse-bouche, before the soup of the day, marinated salmon or pork, risotto and seafood pasta. Check out the weekday lunch and dessert buffet, served with a reasonable price tag.
Address: 51, Marine City 1-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan
Hours: Lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; dinner from 6 until 11:30 p.m.
“Mondieu” is a French exclamation for “My God,” and a conversation piece for customers of the Yeonje-gu eatery. The cozy restaurant space is equipped with long marble tables and a chandelier hanging from the ceiling.
Choose a main course of either a pasta or steak for dinner. A full-course meal includes a welcome food, appetizer, salad, bread, a main dish, dessert and tea. Everything here is made from seasonal ingredients and served on beautiful tableware with great attention to detail. Pasta, intended to be eaten warm, is plated on brass able to retain heat. A reservation is required for dinner.
Address: 21, Yeonje-ro, Yeonje-gu, Busan.
Hours: From 12 until 10 p.m.; closed from 3 to 6 p.m. and Sundays.
On Dalmaji Hill picturesque views of Haeundae’s skyscrapers, beach and Dongbaekseom Island await in a distinctly international atmosphere.
Amid the photo displays and unique interior designs of the former Dong-baek Art Center, chefs trained abroad serve up Kitchen Dongbaek’s diverse gastronomical offerings.
Five young chefs trained in Japan, Singapore and Europe work the kitchen. Start with focaccia bread before steak, pasta or other main-courses are served. Full-course meals are also available. Take a moment to appreciate the harmony between tomatoes and cheese in the Caprese salad or the aroma of the truffle gorgonzola risotto. An outdoor terrace is waiting when weather permits. As the white tablecloth flutters, take in Busan’s sea air with dishes from around the world.
Address: 85, Dalmaji-gil 117 beonga-gil, Haeundae-gu, Busan
Hours: From 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., with a break between 3 and 5 p.m.
Source: Dynamic Busan Magazine