One of Seoul’s best restaurants is barely a block from the Conrad. Modern bistro OKitchen 5 is the fifth restaurant opened by Yonaguni Susumu and his Korean artist wife Oh Jeong-mi, both beloved fixtures in the local slow food scene. Chef Susumu eschews the term “fusion” but his French-influenced menu makes use of Korean ingredients like doenjang (fermented bean paste) and chili peppers, as well as fresh herbs from their garden. Try the seafood sampler, a platter of local, seasonal seafood bites such as black rockfish with a jangajji (soy sauce-fermented pickle) chutney or smoked mackerel with ginger and dried seaweed. Traditionalists will appreciate the dry-aged hanwoo (Korean beef) served with housemade potato chips.
From the Conrad Seoul, simply go down Gukjegeumyung-ro 2-gil. OKitchen is towards the end of the road, before you reach the iconic leaning pillars of the SK S-Trenue skyscraper.
OKITCHEN 5: 32, Gukjegeumyung-ro 2-gil, Yeongdeungpo-gu, floor B1; 82-(0)2-797-6420