6. Lunch at Poom Seoul

First off, holy shit, the view from the terrace is incredible, where pots of fermenting doenjang (soy bean paste) sit — to be used in the restaurant’s kitchen. Poom is modern to its core, with an austere design and shiny open kitchen. The tasting menu lunch I was presented with began with an amuse of lightly toasted pine nuts and thinly shaved baked daechu (Korean dates) and progressed to a delicate trio of crepes with a mustard sauce to grilled deodeok root on a skewer. An upmarket take on braised mackerel (a very traditional Korean dish) closed the meal spectacularly.