As I’m sure you know, last year I lived in Seoul for six months. While I was there, I learned all about Korean culture, specifically Korean cuisine. I really fell in love with everything that Korea and specifically Seoul had to offer. This year, I had a chance to return for an extended period. I had a few great opportunities to visit a variety of fantastic hotels and restaurants. One of the restaurants that had been on my radar was Ryunique.
The outside of the restaurant looks inconspicuous. However, the product and service inside tell a much different story. It’s clear to see that all of the staff take their work very seriously. We started the evening off with a variety of mouth amusers. There were a few that stood out. The first that really caught my attention was the pickling spice. They give you a bowl filled with pickling spice and then a small plastic pouch that actually edible. What’s inside is a bit more sweet than expected but very interesting to say the least.
The second that I was very impressed with was a dragonfly made of kimchi and chestnut purée. This looked beautiful and tasted amazing. The third that really got me excited was their twist on the Korean traditional food called sundae which is a blood sausage. They were able to combine it with coffee and green chili, which produced a completely new taste!
It was time to move into the tasting menu. They had a way of creating some of the most heartwarming soups I’ve had in a while. One was a vegetable soup called H2CO3. How do they get it so creamy?
Possibly one of the most interesting dishes was the chef’s signature dish, which is served with a full story explaining its conception. It was inspired by burnt hay and a very smoky quail dish was born. The level of creativity and ingenuity that went into this is very impressive, especially when something so tasty has been produced out of it.
There were several more amazing dishes and then it was time for dessert!
The desserts were equally impressive and creative. The one that really blew me away was the apple crumble and caramel “cotton pie.” The presentation of this dish was very noteworthy and the taste just knocked my socks off!
The entire experience was paired with great wine. To finish off the evening, a wonderful dessert wine was served called Nectar.
All in all, this meal was more of a theater performance than a dining experience! It felt like I was watching a play unfold that enticed all of my senses. It’s not often that you get to eat and experience such works of art. As I said before, not only did the food look great, it tasted amazing. If you are looking for a truly amazing experience in Seoul, South Korea then I highly suggest you to visit Ryunique right away!
520-1 Gangnam-daero 162-gil, Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
Phone: +82 02-546-9279