[Seoul] Onlygo 온리고 gained extra recognition after Netflix launched Korean reality TV show Single’s Inferno (솔로지옥).

After all, its star Moon Se Hoon 문세훈 is a chef and owns the restaurant.

If you have no idea what I am talking about, Moon Se Hoon was a contestant on the hit dating show Single’s Inferno, and demonstrated (some of) his cooking abilities in the initial few episodes. With his occupation undisclosed at the start, some suspected if he was an actual chef.

(Moon Se Hoon | @moonofsh/Instagram)

A boss with boy-next-door looks? (Currently probably single?)

Can imagine that fans would dine at his restaurant just wanting to get a selfie with him.

But even before the show became popular, Onlygo was already recognised for its upscale yet reasonably priced dishes.

There are two Onlygo outlets, one at Sinsa-dong (Gangnam-gu), and the other newly opened at Gwangju (Geumnam-ro 4-ga Station Exit 1).

I visited the Sinsa-dong outlet as Apgujeong is lined with many other tastefully-decorated cafes and shops.

Outside, grey bricks, orange accents, and arched windows show Onlygo’s distinguishing marks. Inside, the interiors reflect a minimalist style with not many seats.

Its calm elegance makes it an ideal spot for a fancy lunch or a romantic dinner date.

Menu is available as All-Day Menu, Side Menu, and Lunch-Only Menu.

Can’t read Korean? Fret not, their Main and Side Menus some in both Korean and English (though I found their Korean menu a lot more detailed in terms of ingredients compared to the English).

There are plenty of all-day mains to choose from, including starters like Burrata Cheese Salad (24,000 Won), and Salmon Ceviche Salad (20,000 Won).

Their Salmon Egg Benedict (27,000 Won for full, 14,000 Won for half) features raw salmon on a fluffy egg base mixed with signature Onlygo sauce and avocadoes.

Try their Salmon Sashimi (33,000 Won) which contains aged salmon sashimi aged for more than 12 hours.

Love steak in all forms? They got Salmon Steak (30,000 Won), Beef Steak (39,000 Won).

And if still hungry, pair it with some Iberico Steak Pasta (25,000 Won) with sauce coated Jeongsal (Iberico jowl steak) and homemade tomato paste.

It is a Korean-Italian twist with the Jeolla-do Mukeunji (Ripe Kimchi) Risotto (24,000 Won) with Ryujeon Risotto with country bacon and poached eggs from Gwangju, Jeolla-do.

Lunch-Only Menu items are value priced, such as the Aged Salmon Bowl (10,000 Won) which comes with soup, kimchi, and fruit. A heftier dish like Beef Rib Meat Bowl Set is only 15,000 Won.

If you enjoy food and wine pairing, you can easily pair Onlygo’s dishes with a good bottle of wine. They only sell wine by the bottle, not by glass.

Best to go during lunch time to avoid the crowds. You can also make a reservation, but dining intervals are limited to two hours.

And hopefully you will meet boss Moon Se-hoon those two hours.

Onlygo 온리고
Tel: +82 70 8888 2755
20 Eonju-ro 151-gil, Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea (Apgujeong, 10 minutes on foot from Exit 3)
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)

Google Maps – Onlygo 온리고

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* Compiled by Daniel Ang @DanielFoodDiary and Lewis Tan @juicyfingers.


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