By Elizabeth Eun
21 April, 2011
Eateries owned by Hallyu stars give fans a chance to directly fork over their cash to their favorite celebs
Korea is rapidly becoming known for two things, its food and celebrities. So it’s no wonder that the combination of the two has attracted attention.
If you’re all about the hallyu stars, but don’t want to sacrifice a few meals while staking them out, check out some of the most popular restaurants owned by Korean celebs.
Gorilla in the Kitchen: Bae Yong-joon
Gorilla in the Kitchen, one of the most-respected celeb-owned restaurants, is all about healthy food and the well-being lifestyle.
You’ll find no butter or cream in the kitchen and minimal salt in your food — a welcome change from the typically sodium-saturated Korean plate.
The diet-conscious can go for the “human-sized” portions (larger sizes are called “gorilla”), while the health-conscious can order combo meals, which in turn will get you a free health consultation on your sugar levels before and after meals. Although Gorilla in the Kitchen is known as Yonsama’s restaurant, the interior is surprisingly devoid of Bae Yong-joon paraphernalia.
It’s about the food here, not the famous owner.
650 Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu (강남구 신사동 650)
+82 (2) 3442 1688, www.gorillakitchen.co.kr
11 a.m.-11 p.m. (weekdays), 10 a.m.-11 p.m. (weekends);
₩7,000-₩9,000 for smoothies;
₩19,000-₩52,000 for meals
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