Attended an 80th birthday buffet-party at the Riverside Hotel in Sinsa-dong, Gangnam Seoul. Turning 50 and 75 are big events in the US, but 70 and 80 are major celebrations here.
If you visit Korea, have brunch at one of the buffet restaurants. While not cheap, there’s a variety of food unlike I’ve seen back home. (55,000Won per person;$51USD). In general, buffets run from 25,000Won to 75,000Won. Lunch buffets are generally cheaper than dinner buffets and major credit cards get 10-15% discounts at chain buffets.
This buffet included Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Indian, Western, and lots of seafood. I enjoy the bite size desserts, especially green tea flavored cakes, pudding, and macaroons. The bilberry gelato (similar to blueberry) and grapefruit gelato were amazing.
This plates contains: blueberry pizza (a first for me), raw marinated beef, tuna sushi, bbq lamb, naan with curry, and Chinese-style chicken.
An interesting article from the Korea Times on the growing trend of restaurants called upper-dining. These mid-tier restaurants fall somewhere between high-end and casual restaurants and offer value, taste, and a comfortable environment for a reasonable cost.