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Foreign Flavor: Upscale Chinese Restaurant near Seoul National University Station

When we think of Chinese restaurants, we often envision casual, budget-friendly eateries commonly found in neighborhoods. However, “Foreign Flavor” located near Seoul National University Station offers an upscale dining experience, making it feel more appropriate to refer to it as a Chinese fine dining establishment rather than a typical Chinese restaurant.

“Foreign Flavor” has been a fixture near Seoul National University Station for quite some time. While the exact opening date remains unknown, it has been in operation for a considerable period. Personally, I had visited this place back in 2013 during a period of leisure after starting my job.

As time passed, I found myself returning to Seoul after various experiences around Gyeonggi Province, and memories of this Chinese restaurant I had visited years ago resurfaced.

“Seoul National University Station, Upscale Chinese Restaurant: Foreign Flavor”

Upon searching to revisit the place I had visited in 2013, I found that my recollection felt somewhat unfamiliar. I remembered it being on the first floor, but it seems to have moved to the second floor. Moreover, the location change came with a more sophisticated remodeling, resulting in a cleaner, more refined interior compared to before.

“Still Exuding an Upscale Ambiance at Foreign Flavor”

You can still experience an upscale ambiance at Foreign Flavor. Each table is adorned with “tea,” leaving a lasting impression. It brings to mind meals I’ve had in places like Singapore or Hong Kong.

The menu is quite sophisticated as well, offering a variety of Chinese dishes. Since there are too many items listed in the menu, it’s advisable to browse and order in person.

I opted for the Jjajangmyeon (black bean noodles) for a simple meal, priced at 7,000 KRW, which is one of the more affordable options. Generally, this restaurant falls within the modest price range of 7,000 KRW to 10,000 KRW for most regular menu items.

“Delicious Cuisine at Foreign Flavor”

While there are other Chinese restaurants nearby, such as the one operated by Baek Jong-won, the flavors at Foreign Flavor offer a different experience. It allows you to taste the authentic flavor of Jjajangmyeon reminiscent of the past.

When you’re in the mood for affordable Chinese cuisine, this is a place worth visiting. Sometimes, the longing for the taste of Jjajangmyeon from Foreign Flavor leads me to visit from time to time.

Moreover, as befitting an upscale Chinese restaurant, they often serve a simple dessert towards the end of the meal.

Overall, it’s a high-end Chinese restaurant, and while it might feel somewhat limited if you’re only looking for single dishes, it’s a great place for a date or gathering with friends.

“Seoul National University Entrance, Upscale Chinese Restaurant: Foreign Flavor”

  • Address: 2nd Floor, Room 201, 1801 Nambugunhwan-ro, Gwanak-gu, Seoul, 08758
  • Operating Hours: (Mon-Fri) 11:30 AM – 9:00 PM, (Sat-Sun) 11:30 AM – 8:30 PM (Break Time: 2:20 PM – 5:00 PM)
  • Phone: 02-888-1224