I visited Chinnmeal (친밀), an Italian restaurant in Haeundae Green City (previously known as Haeundae Sinsigaji.) Chef Oh Sedeuk from the TV show, ‘Please Take Care of My Refrigerator (냉장고를 부탁해)’ owns the restaurant.
110, Yangun-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan, South Korea (2nd Floor)
11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.
How to Get to Chinnmeal
- Bus: No 38 or 1001, get off at Jwadong Jaeraesijang stop (좌동재래시장)
- Subway: Line 2 (Green Line), Jangsan station (장산/201), Exit 10 > about 10 min walk
- Parking: available but only a few spaces
- +82 51-702-6226
- Instagram: @chinnmeal
Thanks to Korean’s endless passion for culinary culture, food shows on various media channels have recently bloomed splendidly in South Korea. From solo meokbang (먹방 – online broadcasting to show a host consuming usually a large amount of food) on YouTube to a documentary on Network TV in which a famous actor travels through South Korea introducing local dishes in each region.
Among those countless food shows, ‘Please Take Care of My Refrigerator (냉장고를 부탁해)‘ (JTBC page) has been a huge success. One of the star chefs from the show, Oh Sedeuk (오세득 @sedeukoh) has recently opened an upscale Italian restaurant in the Haeundae Green City, the area previously known as Haeundae Sinsigaji.
The restaurant serves dishes based on Italian cuisine and its signature dish is dry-aged beef steaks. And, more interestingly they don’t grill the steaks but cook them in the wood-fired oven. Yes, the ones you see in a pizzeria in Napoli. The chef insists that you would be able to appreciate steak’s own taste more in this way.
The name, Chinnmeal is a combination of Korean ‘친 /chin/’ from a word, ‘친하다 /chinhada/’ meaning close in relationships and English ‘meal.’ So, the chef wants his restaurant to be a place where people enjoy their meals with loved ones.
Menu of Chinnmeal
My group ordered dry-aged L-bone sirloin + bone marrow (the very first picture of this post above), roasted chicken, curry, saffron risotto, and garlic, shrimp, whole squid sauce pasta. All dishes were well prepared, and especially the L-bone steak is definitely worth being a centerpiece of the table.
Chinnmeal is a bit fancy so when you plan to visit this restaurant, consider your budget as well.
They don’t serve any desserts unless it’s a special course meal such as Christmas Course. However, don’t worry. After your meal here, you can go down to Aslan (아슬란), Cafe & Bakery on the first floor (the restaurant is on the second floor).
If you go to the cafe, try ‘Injeolmi pang,’ their signature bread. Unfortunately, I missed this popular menu, but people say the combination of soybean powder and sweet red bean is quite scrumptious. If you taste it, please let me know how you like it (or don’t).
In Haeundae Area
Chinnmeal is located in the Haeundae Sinsigaji district (해운대 신시가지), the area recently changed its name to Green City. The area was developed in the 1990s with a population of 120,000. The area is a part of Haeundae-gu, however, it’s not the exact same area that you think of as Haeundae. You can take a bus or subway and go to most of points of interest in Haeundae within 20 minutes including Haeundae Beach, Dalmajigil, Marine City and more.
Note: Since the taste, atmosphere and service are all subjective matters (and I don’t consider myself a qualified foodie), I try to introduce and show a restaurant, rather than rate them.
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