Ho, ho, hold the kimchi: Where to go for Christmas dinner

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Ho, ho, hold the kimchi: Where to go for Christmas dinner

by: Moon Soo-hyun | .
Groove Korea (groovekorea.com) | .
published: December 24, 2014

Christmas is a time for celebration, and celebration rarely happens without a feast. Deck the halls and stuff your stomachs with turkey, ham and gravy galore. As the saying goes, eat, drink and be merry — for tomorrow we die.
But tonight we feast. Groove Korea brings you a list of the best Christmas dinners, from traditional carved roasts to lobsters, tenderloins, caviar and Osole oysters for your festive holiday spread to indulge in this Christmas.

Beer O’ Clock (Sinchon)
Beer O’ Clock serves its usual Christmas dinner of turkey with dressing and mashed potatoes with gravy. All-you-can-eat for 40,000 won, available only on Christmas Day.

Address Seoul, Seodaemun-gu, Changcheon-dong 52-53, 2nd floor
Phone (02) 3339-9733

Oliva (Daejeon)
A full five-course dinner for two, with salad, soup, hot and cold appetizers, salmon caprese, fresh Canadian lobster and Korean beef steak, dessert and wine, is served for 99,700 won (price for two people). The menu is available year-round, but Oliva says it’s especially perfect for Christmas.

Address Daejeon, Yuseong-gu, Doryong-dong 3-8, 3rd floor
Phone (042) 867-5141

Manhattan Grill (Renaissance Hotel in Seoul)
Enjoy an evening at the Renaissance’s signature restaurant, with its special dinner menu of fresh Osole oyster cocktail with premium Avruga caviar, chestnut chowder with scallops, abalone salad with organic vegetables, oven-grilled lobster with butter and Korean beef tenderloin steak for 149,000 won. You can get a wine pairing with the meal for an additional 75,000 won. The special is available throughout December.
Manhattan Grill is also offering a luxurious seven-course menu exclusively on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, for 96,000won for lunch and 149,000 won for dinner. You can also order a special homemade roast turkey to take home, slow-cooked with herbs, as well as gravy and side dishes of carrots, green beans, potatoes, sweet potatoes and salad, all for 200,000 won.

Address Seoul, Gangnam-gu, Yeoksam-dong 676
Phone (02) 2222-8637
Website www.renaissanceseoul.com (link is external)

Café Elysee (Renaissance Hotel in Seoul)
A full buffet dinner is available throughout December for 74,000 won on weeknights and 77,000 won on weekends and holidays. Renaissance Hotel is planning to start selling special dinner tickets on social media soon for its Christmas Eve and Christmas dinners, which include wine.

Address Seoul, Gangnam-gu, Yeoksam-dong 676
Phone (02) 2222-8635
Website www.renaissanceseoul.com (link is external)

Restaurant 8 (Hyatt Regency in Incheon)
Restaurant 8 offers entertainment along with its Christmas feast. Singers will be invited to perform while guests enjoy their meals and drinks from a special bar prepared exclusively for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, all for the price of 165,000 won. An equally festive lunch is available for 105,000 won.

Address Incheon, Jung-gu, Unseo-dong 321
Phone (032) 745-1234
Website www.incheon.regency.hyatt.com

Yaletown Burgers & Bar (Sinchon)
This year Yaletown offers an all-you-can-eat turkey buffet dinner with all-you-can-drink beer and wine for only 30,000 won on Christmas Day, from 5 p.m. to midnight. Reservations are recommended.

Address Seoul, Seodaemun-gu, Changcheon-dong 33-5, 3rd floor
Phone (02) 333-1604

THE SQUARE (NOVOTEL AMBASSADOR GANGNAM)
The Square offers a special Christmas dinner buffet throughout December, with two windows (first at 5-7 p.m., second at 7:30-9:30 p.m.) each evening. On Christmas Eve, they’re serving an especially festive platter, with various Christmas dishes from chefs available only on this day, and turkey served with seasonal vegetables. For visitors to the second window on the evening of Dec. 24, a complimentary glass of Montes Alpha Cabernet Sauvignon will be served. Prices start at 85,000 won.

Address Seoul, Gangnam-gu, Yeoksam-dong 603
Phone (02) 531-6618

Verona (Imperial Palace Hotel in Seoul)
A special prix fixe dinner is to be served at Verona on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The menu and price were not decided by press time. Keep an eye out.

Address Seoul, Gangnam-gu, Eonju-ro 640
Phone (02) 3440-8000

La Table (Ibis Ambassador in Seoul)
A full buffet dinner including roast turkey, tenderloin steak and a glass of welcoming sparkling wine is available for 55,000 won on Christmas Eve. Dinner is served at 5:30-7:30 p.m. for the first window and 8-10 p.m. for the second. Reservations are required.

Address Seoul, Gangnam-gu, Daechi-dong 893-1
Phone (02) 3011-8120~1

Atrium Café (Grand Hilton Seoul)
For those who are willing to splurge, a gala course dinner featuring lobster-tail ravioli, caviar, iceberg salad with cheese, bean soup with bacon powder and foie gras, Korean beef prime ribs and dessert, complete with all-you-can-drink champagne, white wine and red wine, awaits you on Christmas Eve at Atrium Café for 250,000 won. Reservations are required.

Address Seoul, Seodaemun-gu, Yeonhui-ro 353
Phone (02) 2287-8270

Alpine Deli (Grand Hilton Seoul)
You can enjoy Grand Hilton’s turkey roast in the comfort of your own home by ordering one from Alpine Deli. Small ones (6 kg) go for 200,000 won, large ones (9 kg) for 250,000 won. Gravy and cranberry sauce is included.

Address Seoul, Seodaemun-gu, Yeonhui-ro 353
Phone (02) 2287-8989

Buffet Restaurant (Grand Hilton Seoul)
A buffet dinner with all-you-can-drink wine is available on Christmas Eve for 100,000 won.

Address Seoul, Seodaemun-gu, Yeonhui-ro 353
Phone (02) 2287-8271

Hopscotch (Gangnam)
A hearty dinner set menu with American-style prime roast with herbs and garlic, spinach cooked in cream, gorgonzola mashed potatoes and gravy, dessert and a glass of fresh Belgian beer is served for 50,000 won. Available Dec. 24-25.

Address Seoul, Gangnam-gu, Nonhyeon-dong 113-20
Phone (02) 511-0145

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Address Seoul, Yongsan-gu, Yongsan 3-ga, Building 4050
Phone (02) 790-0016 Ext. 6645, (02) 738-2222 Ext. 6760
Website www.dragonhilllodge.com

Sables
A Christmas special consisting of prime rib with Lobster Bisque and choice of a side dish is served on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, starting 5 p.m., for $29.95. Regular menu items are also available. Seating times are 5, 7 and 9 p.m.

Greenstreet
A seafood buffet dinner is featured for $25.95 on Christmas Eve, and for Christmas Day the restaurant serves a special menu from 12 to 9 p.m. and offers a steak and seafood buffet for $25.95.

Oasis
Features a special menu and a Holiday Steak buffet for $20.95 all day on Christmas Eve. Oasis will be closed on Christmas.

The Deli
As always, you can order from the Deli to enjoy a handy, comfortable Christmas feast at home. You can get a holiday feast to go, with your choice of a whole tom turkey with stuffing and cranberry sauce, a baked bone-in ham or a combination of the two, with mashed potatoes, turkey gravy or bourbon raisin sauce, green beans almondine, fresh dinner rolls and pumpkin pie, all for the price of $109.95. You can also order a la carte: a turkey or ham for $59.95 a piece, with stuffing, mashed potatoes, beans and gravy at $3.95 per round.

Phone (02) 738-2222 Ext. 6716

Hartell House, all areas
On Christmas Eve, a traditional holiday four-course dinner featuring garlic shrimp with pesto served over penne pasta, a rocket salad, black angus prime rib with potatoes and other vegetables, and a chocolate truffle tart for dessert is available for $36.95 for nonmembers and $27.71 for members. Live lobster is also available for an additional charge.
On Christmas Day, a holiday buffet featuring a traditional carving table laid with whole roasted turkeys with gravy, baked ham with seasonal fruit sauce, roast top round of beef au jus and smoked Polish sausage, a wide array of hot and cold vegetables and other dishes, as well as a complete holiday dessert table with a variety of homemade cakes, tortes, creams and Hartell’s special fruitcake is available for $30.60 for nonmembers, $22.95 for members, $4.95 for children 5 to 11, and free for those under 5. Seating times are 12, 2:30, 5 and 7:30 p.m.

The MZ, including all banquet areas
A buffet featuring traditional carved holiday delights such as turkey with giblet gravy, smoked brisket of beef, pit roasted ham with rum raisin sauce, pork roast and Italian and Polish sausages, with a variety of salads, winter root vegetables, homemade cranberry orange relish, shrimp and crab Mornay and more, complete with a wonderful array of desserts and six different wines to choose from, is available for $27.95 for adults, $22.95 E1 to E5, $4.95 for children 5 to 11 and free for children under 5 (prices include a gratuity of $1.95 per guest). Seating times are 12, 2:30, 5 and 7:30 p.m. A children’s buffet consisting of chicken nuggets, BBQ boneless and skinless chicken, mac and cheese, buttered corn, potato wedges, and pigs in a blanket is also available, along with coloring books and balloons of all colors, so you’re welcome to bring your kids along.

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