The menu of ELBON the table reads like that of an Italian restaurant but each dish features at least one traditional Korean ingredient
They call him the crazy chef based on his take-risks attitude in the kitchen but that willingness to create the unexpected has put Hyun Seok Choi and ELBON the table on the list of fine dining establishments in Seoul, South Korea. His menu reads like that of an Italian restaurant but each dish features at least one traditional Korean ingredient. This unique approach has earned ELBON the table a reputation of being the place to introduce discerning international palates to Korea’s flavors.
Surprisingly to some, Chef Choi received no international training although his resume includes a sous chef job at the popular La Cucina as well as a credit for introducing molecular gastronomy to Korea. The menu at the original ELBON the table location changes monthly, a tall order Choi says he fills by finding sudden inspiration in single ingredients that catch his eye. Included on the current dinner menus are creations like oyster cakes with yuzu cream sauce, sea bream salad with white radish and sesame dressing, squid ink linguine with seafood, sesame leaf and extra virgin olive oil and pomegranate sherbet with apple caviar. Dishes are prepared in an open kitchen to draw diners into the experience. A chef’s table is also available for an even more up-close view.
ELBON the table recently opened its third location, an urban dining lounge concept featuring brunch, casual dining and nighttime tapas as well as a drink menu with some 70 cocktails and 60 wine selections. The second location offers a la carte dining while the original location is known for those monthly set dinner menus. Positioned in the trendy Garosu-gil area in Sinsa-dong, the original ELBON the table is in a three story, multi-purpose building. The first floor houses a luxury brand boutique while the third floor is reserved for private parties.
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