There is no shortage of Japanese restaurants in South Korea’s capital, but good luck finding one as sophisticated and stylish as Kioku. The sleek and airy three-story wood interior was imagined by Hong Kong designer Andre Fu, and makes a chic, dramatic backdrop to upmarket Japanese food prepared by a Michelin-starred chef.
Snack on sashimi, nigiri, and maki rolls, then go large with sea bream hot pot soup, grilled eel kabayaki with teriyaki sauce, or steamed sea urchin with tofu skin. After dinner, grab a nightcap at the sake bar, where nearly 30 varieties of sake are available, including a rare sparkling sake.
97 Saemunan-ro,Jongno-gu, Seoul