Haevichi Hotel & Resort Jeju's special 10th-anniversary pop-up dinner
Haevichi Hotel & Resort Jeju has been known as one of the island's best spots for fine dining—with the hotel's own Millieu focused on creating French cuisine by using exclusively local ingredients and Hanoru serving authentic Jeju dishes in a unique form of fine dining. And rightfully so, as Haevichi’s restaurants consistently create wonderful dining experiences by constantly striving to discover inventive ways of incorporating local ingredients that are not yet mainstream in the culinary world—all this with the help of their "food lab" dedicated to researching trends and a wide spectrum of ingredients. Appropriately in such a regard, Haevichi planned special culinary festivities in celebration of its 10th anniversary. With the gala dinner at the Milieu restaurant (led by a 2-Michelin-starred chef from France) having ended, there is a pop-up dinner left and it will be hosted at Seoul's own Volpino. 10-years strong, Haevichi Hotel & Resort Jeju's special event will be an exceptional experience reserved specially for the fine-dining enthusiasts.
Boccalino Spring Delight Menu @ the Four Seasons Hotel Seoul
Four Season’s Italian restaurant Boccalino has appointed Ciro Petrone as its new head chef. Petrone has extensive experience at Milan’s Michelin-starred restaurants (Vun and L’Olivo) and served as the head chef at Tosca, one of Hong Kong’s Michelin-starred venues, for four years. Headed by chef Petrone, Boccalino will be serving a new line of delicate dishes exclusively for this spring season. Showcasing chef Petrone’s culinary philosophies, the 9 dishes that make up the ‘Spring Delight’ promotion range from delectable appetizers, soups, pastas, pizzas and steaks. This exclusive spring promotion will incorporate a wide array of season-highlighting ingredients including asparagus, zucchini blossoms and fava beans. Two of the particularly exciting dishes are the cheesy spaghettoni with pecorino sauce and the poached egg served with asparagus ragout which is boiled down in parmesan cheese sauce.
Hotel packages perfect for May's long weekend
We're all happy about long weekends, but when you include discounted hotel packaged into the formula, it only gets better. This May, a few hotels have come up with some exciting packages. What usually costs 90,000 won for a hotel buffet can be enjoyed at half the price while children and their parents can participate in various activities all coordinated by the hotel staff. Just don't forget to take home the special gifts some hotels have ready for you!
The Westin Chosun Seoul was established in 1914 as one of the first western-style hotels of Korea. In celebration of its 103th anniversary, the hotel has reinvented the boulangerie-pâtisserie Chosun Deli featuring 103 new products developed over the past year based on its hospitality and culinary expertise. With posh details added to the flavors and packaging of its bakery and confectionery items, Chosun Deli will serve as a special gift destination beyond a simple snack stop. This change also includes new and unique single-serving breads and flour confections. Some of the most exciting items in the selection are the macatias made with natural sugar cane caramels, the wild yeast rye bread along with the Jalapeño & Chorizo and Aglio e Olio loaves. Chosun Deli’s new offerings also include scrumptious dessert items such as mascarpone cheese cakes, decadent chocolate brownie tarts with crispy cream puffs and signature banana cake filled with sweet banana cream and fresh bananas. On every Thursday in the month of April, complimentary items will be offered with any purchase over 30,000 won.
Vista Walkerhill Seoul, freshly opened on Walkerhill-ro
Vista Walkerhill has finally opened its doors. It's what was previously known as W Seoul Walkerhill has detached itself from the W brand and started fresh as Vista Walkerhill after completing its large-scale renovation. The all-new Vista Walkerhill promotes "sustainable luxury" and it can be felt upon entering the lobby complete with an 800-year-old olive tree, which has been brought there all the way from Sicily by world-renowned “plant hunter” Seijun Nishihata. The collaboration with the Walkerhill marks Nishihata's very first curation project in Korea. On the ceiling above the impressive tree is a digital project showcasing projection mapping twice a day. It is a digital art piece led by Art Center Nabi, robotics art group Team Void and media artist Gamja and Chips. There is yet another area within the hotel that boasts the sense of sustainable luxury. It’s the 4th-floor outdoor botanical garden which has been named SKYARD. The green garden includes a foot bath with a scenic view of the Han River an acupressure walking trail, a yoga deck and a terrace bar. For those who are wondering what happened to the bar—W Seoul’s Woo Bar has now been transformed into Re:Bar. Still overlooking the Han River, the upscale lounge bar has a fresh addition, the 18m-long bar table. The breakfast and lunch buffet restaurant Del Vino along with authentic Japanese restaurant Moegi are part of the hotel’s list of eateries. Other amenities include V Spa, a luxury spa operated by the Swiss cosm
Spring Explorer Program @ Haevichi Hotel & Resort Jeju
Thinking of visiting Jeju Island this spring? If so, you should consider staying at the beautiful Haevichi Hotel & Resort located in Seogwipo which, after all, offers well-managed rooms, stunning views of the beach located right by the estate, pools, hot tubs as well as bang-for-the-buck food and beverage selection. Until the end of May, it is also offering a seasonal program exploring the island’s greenery and blooming scenes of wildflowers guided by experts. There are 3 different courses offered with the Spring Explorer program. The first is the themed forest walk, which will take you on a trek around the Mulyeongari-oreum wetlands. From luscious green forests to vast flower meadows, the trek includes 6 themed forest walks. This is set to happen every Monday and Thursday. The second is the Gotjawal Forest eco-trekking offered every Thursday and Sunday. Gotjawal, a portmanteau of "forest" and "thicket" in the Jeju dialect, is an area created with volcanic rocks. Finally, there are 2 treks that will take you up the Keunsaseumi Oreum (elevation 475m) and Yeongju Mountain (elevation 326). The Keunsaseumi Oreum course will offer magnificent views of the wide open ranches and vast canola blossom fields located afar. Along the the trek to Yeongju Mountain, you will be able to discover the unique ecosystem thriving within the slopes of the Halla Mountain as well as Seongsan Ilchulbong (Sunrise Peak) and even Udo Island. This course will take place only on Sundays. All courses wil
Cocktail Omakase @ the Park Hyatt Seoul
Timber House at the Park Hyatt Seoul is one of the best bars in Seoul serving an eclectic selection of wine, sake, beer and much more. Those who have visited the bar in March would remember the artfully-prepared soju-based cocktail fusing ginger and pear. Never failing to come up with new ideas for creative ingredients and cocktails, the genius bartenders at the House are now planning an awesome omakase course! The alcohol pairing will be incorporating traditional Korean and Japanese liquors with delish seasonal ingredients. And, hear this: for 3 cocktails plus the fancy course, the damage will be only 45,000 won.
Mango Buffet @ Millennium Seoul Hilton
Millennium Seoul Hilton is having its first-ever mango buffet, every Saturday and Sunday, starting on March 4th. There will be two seatings, at 2:30pm until 4:30pm and at 5pm until 7pm (it won't cost you a fortune, just 45,000 won for adults and 25,000 won for children). What's there, aside from fresh mangos? A lot, apparently. There's the mango kiwi tart which is pleasantly sweet and sour (the combination makes it taste almost like a completely new type of fruit) and mango lemon pies filled with a lemon meringue and thick mango filling, among lots of others. There's some delicious booze, too, including Mango Mojito, Mango Fizz and Mango Breeze cocktails (13,000 won each). You can also go for the mango smoothie or mango milkshake, while a cup of tea or coffee is complementary with the buffet. Everything is created by Millennium Seoul Hilton's Cilantro Deli, which is famous for its tempting selections of home-made cakes, artisan breads, pastries and sandwiches. The buffet offers unique selections, as well. The Mango Namssants, which takes its name from the foothills of the Namsan Mountain where the hotel's located, are fried pastries with a texture similar to that of a donut. Taking a bite of it, flavorful mango cream oozes off the layers of pastries inside. Pair them with the fresh mango juice, and finish off the course with the mango ice cream which has a pleasant aroma of roses — you'll be so satisfied you won't ever want to leave your comfy seat at the lobby.
Tuesday’s all-you-can-drink wine dinner buffet @ The Grand Hilton Seoul
The Grand Hilton’s buffet restaurant will be offering unlimited wine on Tuesdays along with their usual array of mouth-watering dishes. The wine selection will be two types of red wines (Santa Rita 120 Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Carmen Tolten Cabernet Sauvignon), one white wine (Santa Rita 120 Chardonnay) and last but not least, Australian Wolf Blass Bilyara Sparkling Brut. If these aren’t of your liking, take advantage of the corkage service available here. ▶ Until July 31st
‘Asian Live’ Restaurant Renewal Opening @ the Intercontinental Seoul Coex
The Intercontinental Seoul Coex’s Asian Live has gone through a major renewal project, and will reopen its doors on April 6th. Offering Korean, Chinese, Japanese, Indian and Arabic cuisine all in one spot, the restaurant will also feature a special open kitchen. Indian and Arabic cuisine is a rare sight at Korean hotels, but the Intercontinental now has skilled chefs from India who will present a diverse range of authentic dishes. The all-new Sushi Bar at the center of the restaurant is set to host some entertaining and absolutely delicious events: each week, on a designated day, 8 lucky guests will be able to feast on highest-quality sushi. Last but not least, the hotel’s 6-year-old project to promote locally-sourced ingredients will continue at the refurbished venue.
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