Posted : 2012-02-10 15:52
Updated : 2012-02-10 15:52

Elbon the table

Lobster tartare styled by executive chef Choi Hyun-seok

Located in the trend setting Garosu-gil area in Sinsa-dong, southern Seoul, Elbon the table is a place where you can introduce Korean food to foreign businessmen first time without making them feel uncomfortable.

The restaurant was listed in 2010 on the World’s 50 Best restaurants published by British magazine Restaurant. More than 800 international restaurant industry experts shared their opinions for the creation of the list.

Katie Lee, a brand manager of Elbon, introduces the restaurant as the place where they serve creative modern cuisine.

"You can have fun experiences dining creative cuisine here while having business meetings. Maybe it is why the place gets more popular with people in business field who are fed up with frequent common dinner meetings,” Lee said.

“Foreigners visiting here for meetings have responded to the creative cuisine even better than Koreans and became more interested in Korean food after tasting our cooking.”

Every dish on the menu shows creativity and tastes like Italian but somewhat different from the authentic one because of Korean ingredients in it.

“Foie gras with gochujang ice cream” is a mixture of traditional Italian foie gras and Korean hot pepper sauce that weakens the liver’s greasy flavor.

Elbon have also created “Spinach cream soup with shrimp mandu” by replacing the beef broth of the traditional dumpling soup with cream.

Another dish that resembles “Tteokguk”, the rice cake soup, is, in fact, a seafood soup with round shaped cheese that looks like sliced rice cake.

Elbon’s menu changes on monthly basis.

Often referred as a star chef, Choi Hyun-seok represents the restaurant’s creativity. He says that he wanted to globalize Korean food. Knowing which ingredient goes well with another is his secret to success in translating creativity into deliciousness.

The restaurant provides private business rooms for meetings on the third floor of the restaurant and holds garden parties on the fourth floor when the weather is favorable for such events. Cooking shows are often presented by the chef to people who dine in business rooms.
- Kwon Eun-young

Address: 530-5 Sinsa-dong, Gangmam-gu, Seoul 135-888

Direction: Enter Garosu-gil from the Hyundai High School side and turn right on Starbucks coffee

Phone number: 02. 547-4100

Price: Prices of Set Menu range from 38,000 won to 130,000 won

Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 12:00~15:00, 18:00~23:00 Saturday to Sunday: 12:00~22:00. Open

Parking: Valet Parking

Private Rooms: Four business rooms

Reservation: Always recommended

Recommended by the manager: Chef Choi Signature Set Menu (130,000 won)

Total seating: About 100
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