Seoul Metropolitan Government has compiled a list of Seoul’s best Halal restaurants as recommended by the city’s Muslim residents. Various categories are introduced in the list, such as restaurants with a Muslim chef and owner, the only Korean restaurant in Seoul that has been Halal-Certified by the Korea Muslim Federation (KMF), and restaurants using exclusively Halal ingredients, among others. In addition to six Muslim-friendly restaurants, this article features a list of Seoul Restaurants with the highest votes from the city’s Muslim Residents. Muslim visitors in Seoul can also refer to the list of six prayer rooms along with nine Halal-Certified restaurants and twelve Self-Certified restaurants presented at the end of the article. Halal eating in Seoul has gotten so much easier!.
Halal Korean Restaurants in Seoul
Eid: Seoul’s Only Halal-Certified Korean Restaurant
Located near Seoul Central Mosque, Eid is the one and only Korean restaurant in Seoul that has been Halal-certified by the Korea Muslim Federation (KMF). There are four items on the menu: bulgogi (marinated beef), bibimbap (mixed rice bowl), grilled fish, and samgyetang (ginseng chicken soup). The most popular item is the bulgogi (marinated beef), for which fresh pears and apples are used instead of sugar. Each dish comes served with three types of side dishes (banchan), which are made in-house daily with organic vegetables.
Address: 67 Usadan-ro 10-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
Try a Korean Musilm Chef’s Creations at Halal Kitchen
Housed in a quaint hanok (traditional Korean housing) in Samcheong-dong, Halal Kitchen is well-known in Seoul’s Muslim community for its Halal Korean cuisine. The menu isn’t large, yet each one of the featured dishes is impressive enough to have put this restaurant on the map. The most popular items are the bulgogi (marinated beef) and dak-galbi (sweet and spicy stir-fried chicken). The chef also recommends the bibimbap (mixed rice bowl) made with zucchini, mushroom, carrots, and eggs. Deliveries and lunch box orders are available. Halal Kitchen also allows its guests to order ahead before arriving at the restaurant.
Address: 86-4 Samcheong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Hours: Weekdays 11:00~21:00, Weekends 11:00~21:00, Closed on Tuesday/ Break time 16:00 ~ 17:00
Visit Osegyehyang for Soy-Based Vegan Delicacies
A vegan restaurant that even meat lovers enjoy, Osegyehyang offers a variety of vegan meat and Korean Chinese dishes. To make jajangmyeon (black bean sauce noodles) and tangsuchae (sweet and sour vegetables), the restaurant uses quality soy protein and perilla oil. The most popular items on the menu are the ttukbulgui (stone bowl veggie meat) and the bulgui deopbap (veggie meat rice). For those who would like to enjoy traditional Korean fare, the chef recommends the nutty, creamy ueong deulkkae-tang (white sesame and burdock root soup). All of the vegan meat items that are used in the dishes can also be purchased at the counter for home cooking.
Address: 14-5 Insadong 12-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Hours: Weekdays 11:30-21:00 (Breaktime 15:30 ~ 17:00), Weekends 11:30-21:00(Breaktime 16:00 ~ 17:00)
Website : http://www.go5.co.kr
Halal Restaurants with Prayer Rooms
Kampungku: Muslim Prayer Room? Check. Malaysian Soul Food? Check!
Kampungku, located near Myeongdong, serves up true home-style Malaysian cuisine, including nasi lemak and rendang ayam. Made with a generous amount of coconut milk and pandan leaves, the traditional “soul food” of Malaysia, nasi lemak, is sweet and fragrant. The rendang ayam, made with chicken, lemongrass, turmeric, and star anise is savory, warm, and comforting. The restaurant also features a prayer room for Muslim guests.
Kampungku Authentic Malaysian Restaurant
Address: 25 Toegye-ro 20-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
Hours: 12:00-20:00, Closed on Tuesdays
Saffron, Seoul’s One-of-a-kind Middle Eastern Restaurant
Saffron specializes in Arabic and Middle Eastern cuisine, such as hummus and doner kebab. Complete with beautifully ornamented tiles, the lavish interior features a humble, yet elaborately decorated Muslim prayer room. There are seven types of appetizers on the menu, with the most popular item being the hummus made from fresh chick peas and olive oil. Saffron’s naan bread, which goes well with the appetizers, is made with milk, sesame seeds, and butter and it is baked in a tandoori oven. As for the main dishes, the chef recommends the mutton handi curry which comes served in traditional cookware.
Address: 78 Namdaemun-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul
Hours: Mon-Sun 11:00-23:00
Halal Burgers Made with Reliable Halal-Certified Ingredients
Try Halal Pizza and Burgers at Pizza Burgers Plus
Located by Bogwang Elementary School in Itaewon, Pizza Burgers Plus serves up American-style burgers and pizzas using reliable Halal-certified ingredients. The restaurant has built a strong reputation over the years with generous portions and reasonable prices. The most popular item on the menu is the beef slice burger made with 100% premium quality beef.
Pizza Burgers Plus
Address: 19-1 Usadan-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
Hours: Mon-Sun 13:00-23:00
Seoul Restaurants with the Highest Votes from the City’s Muslim Residents
Seoul’s Best Halal Restaurants as Recommended by the Muslim Residents
|Makan Halal Restaurant||52 Usadan-ro 10-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul||+82-2-6012-2231||Korean||
- Bulgogi (marinated beef)
- Samgyetang (ginseng chicken soup), grilled chicken, dak-bokkeum-tang (braised spicy chicken), Tteok-galbi (grilled short rib patties), Bibimbap (mixed rice bowl)
|Bombay Grill||11 Usadan-ro 10-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul||+82-2-792-7155||Indian/Pakistani||
Chicken Biryani, Curry, Naan, Chicken Masala
|Eid||67 Usadan-ro 10-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul||+82-70-8889-8210||Korean||
- Voted by many: Samgyetang (ginseng chicken soup), Bulgogi (marinated beef)
- Jjimdak (soy sauce-based braised chicken)
|Plant||20 Itaewon-ro 16-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul||+82-70-4115-8388||Vegetarian||Vegetarian Burger|
|Pizza Burgers Plus||19-1 Usadan-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul||+82-2-790-4883||Western||Halal Fast Food|
|The Halal Guys||187 Itaewon-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul||+82-2-794-8308||Middle Eastern||Iconic Chain/Food Truck of New York City|
|Kampungku Authentic Malaysian Restaurant||25 Toegye-ro 20-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul||+82-2-310-9249||Malaysian||Halal Malaysian|
|Tofu151 Gwanghwamun Branch||19 Saemunan-ro 9-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul||+82-2-733-3522||Korean||Bulgogi (marinated beef) Barbecue, Spicy Tofu Stew|
|Osegyehyang||14-7 Insadong 12-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul||+82-2-735-7171||Vegan/Korean||Vegan Jajangmyeon (black bean sauce noodles), Vegan Steak, Vegan BBQ|
|Gosam-I||38 Yonsei-ro 7an-gil, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul||+82-2-324-1403||Korean||Mackerel Galbi (BBQ), Kimchi Stew|
|Alchon Ewha Women’s University Branch||14 Ewhayeodae 7-gil, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul||+82-2-1661-1907||Korean||Flying Fish Roe Rice Bowl|
|Halal Kitchen||18 Seogang-ro 11-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul||+82-2-332-3106||Korean||Halal Lunch Boxes|
|Jjukkumi King||39 Neungdong-ro 13-gil, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul||+82-2-469-3392||Korean||Grilled Fish|
Seoul’s Muslim-Friendly Restaurants
The city of Seoul has been welcoming an increasing number of Muslim visitors over the past few years. This has spurred the Korea Tourism Organization to compile a list of ‘Muslim-friendly’ restaurants. More specifically, there are four types of restaurant categories on this list that was started in 2016: ‘Halal-Certified’, which requires an official certification from Korea Muslim Federation (KMF), ‘Self-Certified’, which is granted to Halal restaurants with a Muslim owner or chef, ‘Muslim-Friendly’, given to restaurants that offer a Halal menu unexclusively (with alcohol and non-Halal dishes available), and ‘Pork Free’, recognizing non-Halal restaurants offering meat dishes that do not contain pork. As of October 2017, there are a total of 100 Muslim-friendly restaurants located in Seoul, including nine ‘Halal-Certified’ and twelve ‘Self-Certified’ venues.
9 Halal-Certified RestaurantsA list comprised of venue information and recommended food items
|Kervan Turkish Restaurant COEX||513 Yeongdong-daero, Gangnam-gu, Seoul||Turkish||+82-2-556-4767|
|Kervan Express GFC||152 Teheran-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul||Turkish||+82-2-566-4767|
|Mr. Kebab||192 Itaewon-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul||Turkish||+82-70-7758-1997|
|Kervan Turkish Restaurant Itaewon||190 Itaewon-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul||Turkish||+82-2-792-4767|
|Eid||67 Usadan-ro 10-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul||Korean||+82-70-8889-8210|
|Makan Halal Restaurant||52 Usadan-ro 10-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul||Korean||+82-2-6012-2231|
|Salam Restaurant||39 Usadan-ro 10-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul||Turkish||+82-2-793-4323|
|Istanbul Delight||40 Usadan-ro 10-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul||Turkish||+82-2-4209-3391|
|Bombay Grill||11 Usadan-ro 10-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul||Indian||+82-2-792-7155|
12 Self-Certified Restaurants
|Murree Restaurant||20 Usadan-ro 10-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul||Indian||+82-2-3785-1436|
|Sultan Turkish Kebab||126 Bogwang-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul||Turkish||+82-2-749-3890|
|Foreign Restaurant||42 Usadan-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul||Indian||+82-2-794-9292|
|Usmania||34 Usadan-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul||Pakistani||+82-2-798-7155|
|Mr. Kebab 2nd Branch||42 Usadan-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul||Turkish||+82-70-7532-1997|
|Taj Palace||39 Usadan-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul||Indian||+82-2-790-5786|
|Hajj Korean Halal Food||39 Usadan-ro 10-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul||Korean||+82-2-749-5185|
|Dubai Restaurant||192 Itaewon-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul||Middle Eastern||+82-2-798-9277|
|Hibiscus||102 Tongil-Ro, Jung-Gu, Seoul||Asian||+82-2-577-3434|
Muslim Prayer Rooms in Seoul
|Seoul Central Mosque||39 Usadan-ro 10-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul||Duration of Salah (refer to the website)||+82-2-793-6908|
|COEX||513 Yeongdong-daero, Gangnam-gu, Seoul (Near Hall E)||05:00~22:00||+82-2-6000-0114|
|Lotte World||3F, 240 Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul (By the Jungle Adventure exit)||09:30~22:00||+82-2-411-3502|
|Lotte World Tower & Lotte World Mall||6F, 300 Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul||10:30~20:30||+82-2-3213-2105|
|K-Style Hub||2F, 40 Cheonggyecheon-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul||09:00~20:00||+82-2-729-9457|
|Incheon International Airport||272 Gonghang-ro, Jung-gu, Incheon (3rd floor Duty Free Area and 4th floor Passenger Terminal Boarding Gate 24)||00:00~24:00||+82-1577-2600|
※ Please note that this article was published in November, 2017 and the above information is subject to change at any time.
[Nov. 15, 2017 19:20 Input / Nov. 20, 2017 00:00 Publish]