Palsun at the Shilla Hotel
If you go to just one Korean style Chinese restaurant in Korea, make sure it is Palsun at the Shilla Hotel! This restaurant has long been known by many as the best Korean style Chinese restaurant. Staple dishes of Korean style Chinese food are jajangmyun (삼선 자장면 / 짜장면), jjambbong (삼선짬뽕), tangsooyook (탕수육), and kkang poong gee (깐풍기). If you aren’t going anytime soon to Korea, visit Hyo Dong Gak on 35th street in New York to try this delicious genre of Korean and Chinese Cuisine.
This restaurant is the priciest for this genre of food but worth the money! A visit to this restaurant is more than just a dining experience. The hotel is the most beautiful in Korea with it’s classic native architecture. You can also visit a duty free complex and one of Seoul’s best bakeries on site. If you are into the KPop Hallyu Wave 한류 韓流 韓流 then you can visit the hotel that was the site of many celebrity weddings such as Ko So Young, Jang Dong Gun, Kwon Sang Woo, and countless others. You can easily stop by for lunch, enjoy the hotel, and then take the subway or a taxi to a nearby tourist destination.
What makes this restaurant the BEST in it’s genre? The restaurant is unique in its ability to be in the top 5% for ambience, service, quality of ingredients, and cooking technique I have come across in Korea. When you eat their food, it will be unlike any other and probably impossible to recreate unless you work in their kitchen 🙂 Yes it is pricey, yes a plate of tangsooyook will set you back $75, but it truly is worth it on special occasions.
Pricing- A La Carte dishes to be shared by the table are about $75 for normal seafood and meat entrees. They also have specialty entrees such as shark’s fin and bird’s nest. Jajangmyun is about $29 or ￦29,000. Dishes not to be missed here at the Korean Beef entrees (쇠고기), Abalone dishes (전복), traditional hits- jajangmyun (삼선 자장면), jjambbong (삼선짬뽕), tangsooyook (탕수육), and kkang poong gee (깐풍기), also the sublimely balanced desserts. You can choose to order a la carte or go with one of many tasting menus that start at $90 or ￦90,000 per person at lunch [tip and tax are included] and go up to $180 or ￦180,000. You can see all the menus on their website in English, Chinese, or Korean. Below is a photo summary of the $130 or ￦130,000 lunch tasting menu.
The hotel entrance with traditional Korean architecture
The restaurant Entrance
The famous hotel bakery
Now onto the lunch tasting!
Seafood, Vegetable, and Jelly Fish Noodles in a Mustard Sauce 彩拌粉皮겨자소스 양장피 잡채, This dish is $105 a la carte, you can easily see how the tasting menu is a much better value than ordering items separately!
芙蓉皇帝蟹 부용 대게살 Sautéed King Crab Meat with Egg White. $48 a la carte. The menu originally had Shark’s Fin Soup but I chose to substitute with crab soup for personal reasons.
皇皇原只鮑魚 홍소소스 통전복 찜 Steamed Whole Abalone with Brown Sauce
魚香牛柳甫 어향소스 한우 스테이크 Beef Escalope with Sichuanese Sauce