My FAVORITE Buffet in the World!
Address:1, Sogong-dong, Jung-gu | B1F, Lotte Hotel Seoul Bongwan, Seoul, South Korea
If you go to one Buffet in Korea (or even the world) La Seine Buffet at Lotte Hotel is the one to check out! The best part it that the breakfast buffet is included in many hotel rates if you stay at the Lotte Hotel in Myeongdong. Not only is the buffet the best but this is one of my favorite hotels in the world. For under $300 a night you can stay at a top notch hotel, in a great location, with buffet included. I find this hotel to be on par with $500+ Four Seasons and Ritz Carltons throughout the world. The hotel has recently undergone renovations and has the best lobby, rooms, restaurants, and gym I have seen and wifi is included. The location is the best as it is close to the #2 line or green subway line, across the street from the Myeongdong shopping district, and attached to one of the best department stores in Korea. From the hotel you can easily also walk to Jongno, Samcheongdong, Gyeongbokgung Palace, Bukchon Hanok Village, and Cheonggyecheon. I have stayed in a few other locations and hotels in Korea, but Lotte is definitely the best.
Now onto the amazing Buffet! Below are photos from the breakfast buffet which was included in my hotel rate. If you want to pay for the breakfast buffet separately it is probably around $45. I also recommend coming to the buffet for lunch or dinner. There are more selections and premium ingredients at lunch and dinner but this review will give you a good idea of what is available at breakfast time. The buffet is located on the ground floor of the hotel to the right of the lobby. It is next to some boutiques and a bakery. This is probably the only buffet in the world that is next to a Patek Philippe salon which gives you an idea how nice it is. It is always packed so I suggest you go early or make a reservation.
The buffet is organized into the following stations-
breads and jams
fruit and yogurt
Chinese entrees and dim sum
Korean entrees and dim sum
Korean side dishes
Japanese udon and ramen bar
You can find just about every type of vegetable, fruit, protein, and carb you want to eat here. Coffee and tea are included. Below is a quick highlights video from my Instagram account, JenCooksKorean.
A brief Video Tour! Press to play below
La Seine Buffet setting and ambience- beautiful wine racks, white modern hanging mobiles, Saarinen tables, could it be any prettier?