Banyan Tree Club & Spa in Seoul doesn't fight rigidly for it's well earned 5 stars, but rather backstrokes among them in their private relaxation pools. This urban oasis is surrounded by Mt. Namsan, and rests in the former Tower hotel designed by Kim Swoo Geun in 1967. Their exclusive club includes private access to all of their facilities-which include their outdoor pool (hotel guests can access this as well), 12 refined restaurants and bars, golf driving range, tennis courts, and of course their impeccable service to their guests!
I made a recent visit to the Granum Restaurant @ Banyan for their special 'Taste of Phuket' event a few weeks ago. The Executive Thai Sous Chef of the Phuket Banyan Tree-Pichet Kitkha, teamed up with chefs from Banyan Seoul to create a Thai menu that was something truly magical.
Can't wait to check out their other restaurants, and of course...possibly stay in their presidential suites one day??? or maybe just make my way over to the Phuket Banyan Tree! hahaha. Wishful thinking :)
*my photos don't serve justice...must check out their website!
Jung-gu, San 5-5 Jang Chung-dong 2-ga 100-857, Seoul/서울시 중구 장충동 2가, 산 5-5, 100-857
Thai style shrimp & sesame leaf, red curry tempura/Chicken in lime and coconut broth
Wok fried tom yum king prawns with coconut and lime leaf
Grilled spiced wagyu beef fillet with papaya salad, natural yogurt, & chili sauce
Executive Sous Chef of the Phuket Banyan Tree-Pichet Kitkha smiling with
Seoul Banyan Tree Granum Restaurant Sous Chef Steven Kim from Vancouver
So I don't quite remember the name of this dessert, but black sesame was the running theme on this platter. Their black sesame ice cream was a delicious overload!