In Incheon, there are fine restaurants serving incredible dishes, such as the traditional Korean meal sets, the appetizing Korean barbeque, some Western-style cuisine, as well as Chinese dishes. Here are the best in the city.
Opened in 1978, Buam is a famous Korean barbecue restaurant, and many locals, tourists, as well as celebrities love dining there. They offer very succulent pork belly, juicy hen-u (Korean native cattle) and fresh seafood, which are extremely appetizing and savory after grilling. If you want to eat like a local Korean, you can wrap a small piece of juicy meat with cabbage, Buam’s homemade chili or leeks. They go well with the grilled food, making the meat more flavorsome and tasty.
Buam Galbi, 130-12 Ganseok 2-dong, Namdong-gu, Incheon, South Korea, +82 32 425 5538
Opened by an American and his wife, Liquor Burger offers plenty of delicious burgers which are filled with succulent meat and fresh vegetables. The signature LB burger and fries set includes a fabulous burger stuffed with lots of ingredients, including patty, cheese, bacon, egg, hash brown, tomato, pickle, onion, and lettuce. You will never feel bored while dining in Liquor Burger as they offer table football, darts, live music and movie nights.
Liquor Burger, 3/F, 600-1 Yeonsu 2-dong, Yeonsu-gu, Incheon, South Korea, +82 32 816 8988
Opened in 1947, Gyeong Myeonok is a family-owned restaurant mainly serving diners with Pyongyang-style naengmyeon (cold noodles). Their various cold noodle dishes are incredibly tasty and appetizing as the noodles are chewy and the soup is sweet and refreshing. Cold noodles are particularly suitable for the hot summer time because the chefs will add ice into the soup together with crispy cucumbers, pears, and turnips, before serving so as to make it cool enough to relieve the summer heat.
Gyeong Myeonok, 154 Nae-dong, Jung-gu, Incheon, South Korea, +82 32 762 5770
Gonghwachun, a four-storey restaurant located in the Incheon Chinatown, is famous for the traditional Korean jajangmyun (noodles with black bean sauce), which is a popular dish invented in the Incheon Chinatown. Gonghwachun is a Chinese-style restaurant with red lanterns and fai chun put up as decorations. However, they serve authentic Korean-style cuisine, including noodles, dumplings, buns and several set meals. It is noteworthy that their budget set meals are worth trying – there’s an eight-course set in which each course is petite but delicious.
Gonghwachun, 5-6 Bukseongdong 3-ga, Jung-gu, Incheon, South Korea, +82 32 765 0571
Sikgaek offers diners with authentic han-u (Korean native cattle) which is tasty, juicy, and fresh. Their dishes are all brilliant, for example the selleongtang (ox bone soup) is incredibly sweet and nutritious, while the yook hwe (raw beef salad) is fresh and savory. They also offer free side dishes as appetizers, such as kimchi (fermented cabbage), oi sobaegi (cucumber kimchi), kaktygi (radish cube kimchi), and dongchimi (white radish kimchi), which are appetizing.
Sikgaek, 953-1 Juan-dong, Nam-gu Incheon, South Korea, +82 32 439 9292
Wonjo Sinpo Dakgangjeong
Located in the Sinpo International Market, Wonjo Sinpo Dakgangjeong is one of the most popular restaurants in Incheon. They serve traditional dakgangjeong (deep-fried chicken). Although they only provide diners with two kinds of dakgangjeong: sinpo chicken gangjeong and sinpo fried chicken, many locals and tourists still love going there. The venue is tiny but homely. The staff doesn’t speak fluent English but everyone is hospitable and welcoming and they are willing to answer your questions or make a recommendation for you.
Wonjo Sinpo Dakgangjeong, 1-12 Sinpo-dong, Jung-gu, Incheon, South Korea, +82 32 762 5800
Located in the Incheon Chinatown, Qing Guan is a fine restaurant providing orthodox Sichuan-style cuisine, such as the deep-fried prawns with sweet and sour sauce, soup with rice crust and three delicacies, as well as some fresh seafood dishes. Most of their dishes are hot, but diners can request staff to make their food less spicy. The slightly spicy seafood is just the best complement to the chewy and glutinous Korean rice. In Qing Guan, you can also try some Korean dishes which are equally fabulous, like the jajangmyun (noodles with black bean sauce).
Qing Guan, 41-1 Chinatown-ro, Jung-gu, Incheon, South Korea, +82 32 772 5118
Located in the luxurious Grand Hyatt Hotel, Restaurant 8 is an innovative restaurant offering diners with eight styles of cuisine, including Asian noodles, Japanese sushi, Japanese yokitori (grill), Korean grill, French and Italian desserts, Italian cuisine, French snacks, and Western pastries. Diners can therefore freely order any style and create their own mix-and-match meals, and it will be great to join their weekend dinner buffet in which you can have a look of all the food they offer. Dining in Restaurant 8 is relaxing, as the interior is sophisticated and cozy.
Restaurant 8, 208 Yeongjonghaennam-ro, 321 Beon-gil, Jung-gu, Incheon, South Korea, +82 32 745 1234
In Relish, you can have plenty of authentic Western courses, snacks, desserts and drinks which are all nice and tasty. Diners love their beef steak, as it is giant, thick, succulent, and at a reasonable price, while their fish and chips, burgers and salads are just equally fabulous and worth giving a try. Located on the fourth floor, Relish provides not just great food and drinks but also amazing view and atmospheric environment in which you will surely enjoy dining there.
Relish, 4/F, Marim Plaza, 3-31 Songdo-dong, Yeonsu-gu, Incheon, South Korea, +82 10 5320 3181
Chapter 1 serves diners with authentic Italian dishes, such as pastas, pizzas, salads, and grilled food. Their food is is very fine and pleasant, as the chef de cuisine, who graduated from Le Courdon Bleu, cares deeply about the flavor, as well as the presentation of food. All dishes, especially their brilliant desserts, are like artworks, being very decent with lovely side dishes put out as decorations. Although there is no open kitchen, you can still observe the cooking process as they will broadcast the chefs while they are cooking.
Chapter 1, 123, B, The Sharp Central Park II, 24-4 Songdo-dong, Yeonsu-gu, Incheon, South Korea, +82 70 4221 6908