During my trip to Seoul, E suggested to try out 1 Michelin restaurant and I agreed. So, he went to do some research and decided on La Yeon for afternoon lunch. And this time round, he decided to give me a treat! Lucky me! I got to enjoy the meal for free courtesy of E. The restaurant is located on the 23rd floor of Shilla Seoul Hotel.
La Yeon is an upscale Korean restaurant that offers traditional cuisine of ‘hansik’. It has been awarded 3 Michelin stars in the inaugural Michelin Guide Seoul 2017.
E has made a reservation in advance so we went ahead for the lunch appointment on the confirmed date.
There are two options for lunch menu and we decided to go for Ye (The Propriety) Course 98,000 kr won ~S$121.87 per pax. We also topped up 60,000kr won ~S$74.70 for the Royal Hot Pot.
The meal started with appetising nibbles comprising the crispy and light crackers and dried jujubes. The dried jujubes were simply addictive and healthy edible fruits that serves as cough cure too.
Royal Hot Pot
This is the extra charge of royal hotpot that we decided to give it a try. I would say skip this royal hot pot if you are planning to visit La Yeon. There is nothing much to rave about it except for the exquisite presentation and ingredients used. But with extra S$70.00++, I would go for other options.
The overall dining experience was definitely pleasant with good services from the service staffs. The food wise was indeed good with prime ingredients used to make you feel like having Korean royal food. It was a good experience trying out Korean Michelin restaurant but one time is enough for me. The whole experience is like having upper class or we called it royal indulgence just like Dynasty era. I sounded a bit drama but this is how I felt. The flavours and excitement elements are not that strong and bold enough to impress us though. Perhaps I am not a fan of Korean cuisines and that’s explained why I am not raving about it.
But wait a minute; don’t miss the stunning views of the city from the top floor of the restaurant.
Shilla Seoul Hotel
Address: 249 Dongho-ro, Jung-gu
Tel: +82 2 2233 3131
You can read about my day trip to Gangchon Rail Park, Nami Island and Garden of Morning Calm here or my Korea Travelogue post here.