South Korea in the Perspective of a Filipino Expatriate

Sunday, June 12, 2016

A Sumptuous Meal at 63 Buffet Pavilion (63뷔페 파빌리온)

There comes a time in our life that we just want to splurge money on food. After all, life is all about food, for without it, we don’t have the energy to go on. Food is just like a fuel, and sometimes, that fuel costs a lot and that we are willing to pay the price. How about you? How much are you willing to pay to have a sumptuous dinner or lunch? If you are in Korea, and if you want to get to taste the food from other parts of the world, and if you don’t care how much to pay, then go to the largest buffet restaurant in Korea, the 63 Buffet Pavilion.

The 63 Buffet Pavilion can accommodate up to about 500 people and it serves not only 50, or 100, or 150 but up to 200 dishes. Otherwise, it will not be branded as the largest buffet restaurant in Korea if they can only offer few selections of dishes. Not only that, they don’t only offer Korean food, but also Chinese, Japanese and Western food. Suffice to say that this buffet restaurant is a combination of Korean, Chinese, Japanese and Western restaurants. How cool is that?



I am not a foodie type of person, but judging from my objective perspective, gourmets will definitely love this place. This is something that could satisfy the gastronomic, because…. Hello….. 200 dishes? And food of different countries? I am sure one or two of them will surely fit in your taste bud. And as a pasta and pizza lover, I feasted on those during our lunch at the restaurant. I am not so much into Japanese food, but the Western Food is definitely the winner.



And speaking of the winner, do you know that the chefs, all of them, are winners of international cooking contests? That means, whatever dish you decide to devour in this restaurant, rest assured that it was cooked by the best chef in town. They also claim that they used nothing but only fresh ingredients for their dishes.



The dessert? Oh my…. They are to die for! I mean literally die, because too much sweet is dangerous to health, hello Diabetes. But their cakes are tempting and so delicious. I remember I had tiramisu, tart, pudding, and…. Actually I got to taste all of them…. Yes, including chocolate fondue.



The ambiance of the place is so intimidating though. It looks so classy because it is indeed classy. If you go to exclusive restaurants, it definitely looks like it. You know you have to pay the price for that. I like also how chefs cooked the food live in one side of the room. I mean, while you eat, you can see them cooking the dishes for you. The staffs are customer friendly too and so polite. They are willing to assist you in picking your food in case you have too much on your plate, literally!



And the price? Well, the reason why I am a little bit philosophical at the beginning of this article is because I want to prepare you. As I’ve said, if you are willing to pay the price of what you are eating, then you can neglect how much money you shell out for it. Here is the price as of writing this article, this may subject to change as time goes by, you know, inflation rate and all.



Type
Adult (14 y.o and above)
Kids (8-13 y.o)
Children (4 to 7 y.o)
Weekdays Lunch (12:00 – 15:00)
KRW 75, 000 (approx. 65 to 70 USD)
KRW 45, 000 (approx. 35 to 40 USD)
KRW 25, 000 (approx 15 to 20 USD)
Weekdays Dinner (18:00 – 22:00)
KRW 88, 000 (approx. 80 USD)
KRW 50,000 (approx 40 to 45 USD)
KRW 30, 000 (approx 20 to 25 USD)
Weekend and Holidays Lunch and Dinner
KRW 88, 000 (approx. 80 USD)
KRW 50,000 (approx 40 to 45 USD)
KRW 30, 000 (approx 20 to 25 USD)




If you want to try the best food of 63 Pavilion Buffet, it is located  on floor B1 of the 63 City Building at 50, 63-ro, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 영등포구 63로 50 (여의도동). To go there via Subway, get off at Yeouido Station (Subway Line 5), Exit 5. Take the free shuttle or Bus 62 from in front of St. Mary’s Hospital Platform.

And oh by the way, Thank you to the Government of Seoul Metropolitan and to the Global Seoul Mate for sponsoring this lunch. It is indeed sumptuous! Photos also credit to good friends of mine, Ms. Anny Martinez and Arman Carinan.

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