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Gwon’s Dining

For anyone looking for a good and classy Korean restaurant in Paris, with a menu that has more than bibimbap or garlicky fried chicken – don’t get me wrong, those are good Korean staple dishes, but don’t you want to try something new? – search no more. You should book a table at Gwon’s. It’s perfect for a date night. ;)

Gwong's

Gwong's

Truth be told, we’d meant to eat here for a while now. Located mere minutes walk from home, there was no good excuse not to, especially since each time we peered through their windows, the place was busy and filled with Korean diners. However, its upmarket setting means it carries a price tag that says “for a splurge”, so we’ve been saving it for an occasion which finally arrived: the completion of the Paris Semi Marathon.

The meal kicked off with complimentary pumpkin soup, which I would happily sip a couple more portions if they wish to serve them to me. Uncertain if our main courses would be generously portioned or not, we decided to play it safe and ordered a portion of japchae to share. It was fresh and succulent, and even slippery glass vermicelli didn’t stop us from clearing the plate right out.

Gwon's

Gwon's

Gwon's

Gwon's

I had opted for spicy beef ragout with chestnuts while F had gone for a bowl of noodle in oxtail broth. Of course, we were also served an assortment of accompaniments, including kimchi and pickled cucumber. The slow-cooked beef was tender and paired well with the natural sweetness of chestnuts and carrots, although it wasn’t quite as spicy as I thought it may be. F’s oxtail broth was full of flavour for something seemed deceiving simple. Eating meat from oxtail was quite a novelty too.

All this while, I was also sipping on quince tea and I still marvelled at the matchstick-sized quince they managed to cut. It drank far too easily and in no time, I had emptied the small pot and slurped the last of the tea. Maybe I shouldn’t have let F “helped” me with the tea… :p

Gwon's

Gwon's

Gwon's

Desserts were relatively safe options, as F wanted some matcha madeleines while I went for ice cream in omija, a traditional Korean drink that was bright red in colour and unlike anything that I’ve tasted before. They also have assortment of Korean pastries in the menu, but since there was only so much I can eat, I had to make a tough choice.

We will be back, so I can test out the other items on the menu. Most sound interesting (anything with pearl barley written as part of the description!) to me, and I still need to make up for the lost opportunity for different Korean desserts.

Gwon’s Dining
51 rue Cambronne, 75015 Paris
Métro: Cambronne, Vaugirard
Tel: +33 (0)1 47 34 53 17
Daily 7.00pm – 10.00pm



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4 scribbles & notes

  1. Chloé says:

    I’m totally willing to help you with that ;)
    Also, why do I keep reading your blog right after breakfast? I always end up hungry all over again… :P

    • Lil says:

      Well, I can’t stop writing in the evening since that’s largely when I have time to write, so you may have to keep the reading in the morning either before breakfast or refrain till before lunch :p

      Will plot for the next visit back and keep you posted ;)

  2. med says:

    yummmmyyyyyyy….u trying out good food almost every week lil!!! mostly full course meals as well ;)

    • Lil says:

      Well, there has been a good bit of eating out lately, which I may have to curb since it’s becoming a larger and larger part of my entertainment/social budget! ;)

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