Chae Nak-young is a chef and a glib talker who is actively engaged in cooking shows on TV. Recently, he opened a fun restaurant in Gwanghwamun’s new landmark, D Tower. It’s said that he was inspired by circus performances, as they resembled the act of preparing dishes and delivering them to customers’ tables, and so he designed this place according to that concept. Maybe it is because of that, but looking at the chefs cooking in the open kitchen in the middle of the hall is like attending a circus performance. Behind the flamboyant tents are the skyscrapers of Gwanghwamun and drinking cold beer or a glass of wine, you might confuse it with New York. The chef’s witty interpretations of various European-style menu items, such as Gwanghwamun pâté, made with French cookie dough, pork shoulder and foie gras or the Mudeungsan subak, a dish made with watermelon topped with mozzarella cheese and prosciutto, will pique your curiosity about what the circus has to offer.
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