Fancy Schmancy Vegan Meal at a Non-Veg Restaurant in Seoul
We’ve been so busy with meeting people and some professional outings that we haven’t yet been able to make it to any of Seoul’s vegan restaurants. However, yesterday we met with one of Sunnie’s professors from her undergraduate days, and she and her husband treated us to lunch at Table 34, a posh French restaurant on the 34th floor of the Grand Intercontinental Hotel.
We were a little concerned about what we would possibly eat as the menu was a few selections for each course, and they were all chocked full of meat, even the salads, definitely not vegan friendly. However, our waiter said the chef would be happy to make us plant-based dishes, so he headed off to the kitchen, and we waited to see what they would put together.
We started with a salad with a light oil and vinegarette dressing that was yummy and some bread rolls. The main course was beautifully presented.
We had a variety of grilled vegetables: asparagus, kabocha squash, zucchini squash, shallots, and roasted red pepper served with two different sauces, a light and a dark and topped with a garnish of fresh greens. Our companions noted that it looked beautiful, and they’d have to try it themselves next time.
We finished with a dessert plate of fresh fruit: melon, grapes, and pineapple.
It just goes to show that you don’t have to overly complicate things to have a delicious vegan meal and that accommodating chefs can put together beautiful and tasty dishes that are animal free without having to reinvent the wheel! It was a fun lunch with a great view of Gangnam, and a chance to eat at a restaurant that we normally wouldn’t eat at.
We’re off this afternoon for another professional-related outing but hope to hit a vegan restaurant soon!