Merciel, Dalmaji Hill, Haeundae
What makes the trip up Dalmaji Hill worthwhile is Merciel’s chef, Yun Hwa-yeong. The nephew of a former Korean ambassador to France, Yun has been connected to the country for a good part of his life. He studied at Le Cordon Bleu and the Ecole Superieure de Cuisine Francaise, and has worked at a variety of Michelin-starred dining establishments in France over the years. Upstairs is a casual brasserie with mostly Italian cuisine; downstairs is a more formal affair with all-French set menus. Yun sometimes adds a Korean touch to his dishes, but they’re still Gallic. An added bonus is that Merciel is Busan’s only recipient of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, and one of only six in the country. So, the food, the view and the wine are all an experience not to be missed. www.merciel.kr, 010-9177-0735
ICI Lounge, Seomyeon
Though mainly serving Italian cuisine, proprietor Kim Dowoo and chef Cho Miyoung have made available some fine French offerings, including raclette cheese on potatoes, quiche Lorraine and Bourgogne escargots, with the piece de resistance being the lamb chop steak with apricot sauce – a truly heavenly offering that must be tried. The escargots are served in an iron pan with a side of bread and are finely chopped and mixed with mushrooms and squash. 051-343-2003 2014 Oct/Nov _ busanhaps.com 25
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