South Korea’s Capital, Seoul, is a dynamic destination boasting endless things to do and see. The bustling city has become an extremely popular holiday spot and over the past few years has seen a surge in Muslim tourists. Although the city’s Muslim population is relatively small, the Korea Tourism Organization along with the numerous businesses in the city are on a mission to make Muslim visitors feel more welcome and at home. This has resulted in numerous restaurants around the city switching things up and catering to the Halal conscious. With these restaurants, cafés and food joints now accommodating Muslim preferences, Muslim tourists finally have the chance to truly experience Korea and its culinary masterpieces, from bulgogi; Korea’s signature marinated beef dish, to a steaming bowl of samgyetang, or more simply put, ginseng chicken, to even juicy Korean BBQ!
Several Halal restaurants can be found around the city of Seoul, especially in the neighbourhood of Itaewon, but many of these focus on Middle Eastern and Indian fare, with only a handful offering authentic Korean dishes, making them harder to find. If you’re like us, and you think the best part about traveling the world is getting the chance to sample the most delicious food, then there is no way you can go to South Korea and not try Korean food! So, here’s our guide to some of the best Halal spots in Itaewon. Eat now, thank us later!
Picture Credit: www.facebook.com, EID - 이드 Halal Korean Food
The small but homely, EID Halal Korean Food is a Korean Muslim owned restaurant located in the Itaewon area of Seoul, just a short walk away from the Seoul Grand Mosque. This must-visit Halal restaurant in Seoul is known to be the only Korean restaurant in the city certified by the Korea Muslim Federation, or the KMF, thus making it extremely popular amongst Muslim locals as well as tourists looking for an authentic Korean gastronomic experience. While the food options here are limited, don’t let the simple menu fool you! Everything on the menu; from the bulgogi to the samgyetang to the bibimbap, is cooked to perfection and packed with flavour. If we had to however pick one dish that blew us away, it would be the bulgogi - which is not surprisingly one of EID’s most ordered dishes. Completely homemade and free from any artificial flavours, the dish consists of thinly cut Halal Australian beef that is marinated in a flavourful combo of sauces and spices, and then grilled. The dishes served at the restaurant also come with some drool-worthy sides, such as kimchi and fried anchovies.
Insider tip: Since the restaurant can only accommodate a small number of people at a time, we highly recommend making a reservation in advance so you won’t have to stand around hungry waiting for a table to open up.
Address: 67 Usadan-ro 10-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Opening Hours: 11.30AM to 9PM (Tuesdays to Sundays)
Price: KRW 10,000 to 12,000
Contact: +82 70 8899 8210
Picture Credit: www.facebook.com, Makan Halal Korean Restaurant
Another great restaurant serving some of the best Halal Korean food in Itaewon, Seoul, is Makan. Located just a short distance from EID restaurant and right near the Seoul Central Masjid, Makan Halal Restaurant is also Muslim owned, and like EID, serves a variety of mouth watering local dishes which attract locals and visitors from around the globe throughout the year. Again here, the menu is quite minimal, but no matter what you order, you won’t be disappointed. With menu options such as dakdoritang, bulgogi, samgyetang, bibimbap and mulnaengmyeon, at really affordable prices, Makan Halal Restaurant needs to be one of the places you check out for great Korean food when in Seoul. No matter at what time you’re visiting the restaurant - lunch or dinner - the spicy Korean-style fried chicken is an absolute must have!
Address: 52, Usadan-ro 10 gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Opening Hours: 10.30AM to 10PM (Wednesdays to Mondays)
Price: KRW 8,000 upwards
Contact: +82 2 6012 2231
Picture Credit: www.facebook.com, Murree Halal Korean Food
Located in Itaewon, near the Seoul Grand Mosque and just a few minutes away from Makan Halal Restaurant, Murree Restaurant is one of the best places in the city for those looking to try out Halal Korean fare, with the option of also ordering Indian and Pakistani dishes. The cosy restaurant is known for serving authentic local dishes like bulgogi, samgyetang, dakdoritang and bibimbap; which are sure to tantalize your taste buds, and is hence one of the best Halal restaurants in Itaewon for Korean delicacies. While we think you cannot pass up on the local dishes available, the restaurant also cooks up a variety of flavourful, spice packed curries - such as their signature chicken curry – which will definitley make your mouth water. The warm service you receive from the staff at the restaurant, as well as the delicious food served will without a doubt keep you going back!
Cuisine: Korean, Indian, Pakistani
Address: 140-6 Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Opening Hours: 11.30AM to 9.30PM (Everyday)
Price: KRW 8,000 upwards
Contact: +82 2 3785 1436
Picture Credit: www.facebook.com, Hajj KOREA HALAL FOOD
Hajj Korea Halal Food is a Muslim owned fusion Korean restaurant situated in close proximity to the Seoul Central Mosque in Itaewon. Known to be one of the very few Halal Korean restaurants in Seoul, the wonderful menu at Hajj will leave you spoilt for choice, with a plethora of Korean and Malaysian options! You can dine on a wide variety of popular local fare like bulgogi, samgyetang and bibimbap here, or if you’re feeling a little adventurous, the stir-fried octopus is sure to surprise you! Also, a special shout out to their bindaetteok or mung bean pancakes, which will just leave you craving for more! After a delicious meal, we highly recommend washing it all down with a Malaysian speciality - the iconic teh tarik!
Cuisine: Korean, Malaysian
Address: 39 Usadan-ro 10-gil, Yongsan-gu, Itaewon, Seoul, South Korea
Opening Hours: 10AM to 2AM (Everyday)
Price: KRW 8,000 upwards
Contact: +82 2 749 5185
Yang Good BBQ is probably one of our most favourite restaurants on this list just because we can’t think of a better way to truly experience everything Korea is about, BBQ session and all! Korean BBQ has been taking the world by storm, and while there are plenty of restaurants in Seoul that specialize in this, there aren’t that many that cater to the Halal conscious. Yang Good BBQ is one of the very few Halal Korean BBQ restaurants in the city and is hence not surprisingly extremely popular. Even though the restaurant does serve alcohol, catering to local demands, the meats that are imported from Australia are Halal certified. Here, you not only get to choose the type of meat you prefer, but also get to grill it yourself to the way you like, all the while chatting away with your friends. The juicy and tender meat is coated in a sweet Korean BBQ sauce that you won’t be able to get enough of! Yang Good BBQ is just one of those spots you’ll keep going back to, because it’s THAT good. You have our word!
Address: 15 Nonhyeon-ro 95-gil, Yeoksam 1(il)-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Opening Hours: 4PM to 1AM (Mondays to Saturdays)
Price: KRW 11,000 upwards
Contact: +82 2 567 7060
There you go! Our Top 5 Halal Korean Restaurants in Itaewon. Travelling in Seoul will no longer be a problem for Muslims! If you found more Halal Restaurants or food places in South Korea, share with us on the HalalTrip App!
Hishama is a Lankan born, ex-Dubai-an who enjoys all things travel. When she's not at her day job as an Online Marketing Specialist, you will find her hanging out with friends at one of the city's newest cafés, reading a Jodi Picoult novel, Netflix-ing pretty much anything, obsessing over broadway, or just dreaming of her next big adventure abroad that she wishes she could afford.