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Take in Busan's night view with a fancy evening out

Kitchen Dongbaek provides diners with delicious meals and a breathtaking atmosphere.
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Whether it's artwork on the wall or a scenic beach in town, having a fabulous view while you eat can be one of life's greatest and simplest pleasures.


Kitchen Dongbaek is a restaurant that was built through the remodeling of an art gallery, so it keeps its history as an art gallery alive. 

No matter the season, there is never a bad time for a romantic dinner. Even in the dead of winter, when Busan can be frigid and windy, a good dinner with beloved company is never far away. When it comes to finding restaurants with terrific night views, Kitchen Dongbaek (키친동백) and Merciel (메르씨엘) are two of the best restaurants to savor a meal, sit in a relaxed atmosphere and have something lovely to see when you look out the window. 


Kitchen Dongbaek (키친동백): a night view, art and delicious food

Enjoy gourmet cuisine at both Kitchen Dongbaek and Merciel.
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Kitchen Dongbaek is a restaurant that was built through the remodeling of an art gallery. The building was not designed to operate a restaurant, so it is rather small. That, however, makes Kitchen Dongbaek all the cozier. The establishment still contains works of art for diners to admire as they eat.


Kitchen Dongbaek is located on the third floor of its building. At night, scenic night views of Dongbaekseom Island and the city's skyscrapers will light up the dining experience, with everything visible through the restaurant's oblong window.


The restaurant also features an impressive array of culinary artists. In the kitchen, five young chefs who studied in Europe, Japan, Singapore and other countries work tirelessly towards creating the best-tasting and best-looking dishes they can. 


Prices at Kitchen Dongbaek might run the average diner a little more than what he or she is used to, but it is the price for high culinary quality, a warm and pleasant atmosphere full of artwork and, of course, a wonderful  view. The pasta lunch option can cost 39,000 won. Prices rise to 51,000 won for a steak dish. Some special meals can be as high as 84,000 won. 


▷Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., daily. The restaurant takes a break from 3 to 5 p.m. 

Address: 85 Dalmaji-gil 117beon-gil, Jung 2(i)-dong, Haeundae, Busan

Phone: 051-731-0022.


Merciel (메르씨엘): authentic French cuisine

Merciel provides meat off the bone with hearty vegetables, which is a dish to die for.
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Merciel is another restaurant to visit and take in the night views that Busan has to offer. Appropriately, the restaurant's name is a portmanteau of the words "sea" and "sky" in French. Ever since its opening in 2012, Merciel has been beloved by domestic and foreign gourmets and culinary magazines around the world. What makes the institution most impressive is that it has the privilege of appearing on this year's edition of "La Liste," a highly-esteemed list that names 1000 of the world's best restaurants. Merciel is one of 16 Korean restaurants to appear on that prestigious list and the only restaurant in Busan to do so. More importantly, the place is designed with a great view in mind. In fact, the sea-side wall is entirely made of glass, in order to see Haeundae Beach in all its glory. 


In the evening, the restaurant becomes a popular location for dating and nighttime photography. With such a highly-regarded reputation, it makes sense that Merciel would be considered a hotspot for evenings out between couples. Signature courses are 89,000 won. The Haeundae Salad costs 24,000 won. A gorgonzola pizza will run diners 23,000 won.


▷Address: 154 Dalmaji-gil 65beon-gil, Haeundae-gu, Busan

Hours: noon to 10 p.m., daily. The restaurant takes a break from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

Phone: 051-747-9845 

Information: English available.