POOM is by far the best fine dining restaurant that I have been to in Seoul. It succeeds in showcasing traditional cuisine in a sophisticated way. You can tell care has been taken for every little detail.
To enter the restaurant, a staff would have to guide you through a courtyard, down a narrow flight of stairs to reach the entrance of the restaurant. Quite well hidden I must say. POOM only accepts pre-paid reservations if you’re planning to dine there – no walk-ins allowed as food is prepared upon reservation.
Simplicity and peaceful are perhaps the words to describe the atmosphere at POOM. With plenty of natural light coming from the floor-to-ceiling windows, it feels like having lunch at an air-conditioned balcony.
Then the dishes came, outshining the side dishes in an instant. Their fried rice, prepared using grade-A grain, had an exceptional texture. Service at POOM was good, their staff were engaging and gives a detailed explanation on the served dishes.
If wine is your thing, POOM is well placed to serve. They have an interesting Korean wine selection, out of which I picked the Toso wine which has a delightful floral aroma, and went well with the dishes.
This restaurant is definitely one of the big surprises for my Seoul trip.
POOM (품 서울)
Address: 358-17 Huam-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Tel: +82 2-777-9007
Visited on: 12 March, 2012
Price: Lunch – KRW$57,750-80,850 Dinner: KRW$115,500-288,750
Things to order: All fixed seasonal menu
Hours: Lunch – 12:00-3:00, Dinner – 6:00-10:00 (Closed on Sundays) Pre-booking is a MUST, no walk-in