Set amidst the skyscrapers of downtown Kuwait is a Korean secret, Koryokwan. Located within the Carlton Tower Hotel, the unassuming rustic restaurant has been surreptitiously doling out authentic Korean fare since 1984. Owned and managed by Korean expatriates, Mr. Lee Chung San and his wife, Koryokwan serves an unpretentious menu within its traditional confines. Koryokwan could easily be mistaken for any restaurant from the side streets of Seoul, but despite its petite size, the restaurant still manages to house five private cabins, perfect for an intimate affair with family and friends. Apart from a delectable array of kimchis in various renditions (including cabbage kimchi, radish kimchi, Indian mustard leaf Kimchi, hot and salty scallion kimchi), they also have gems like the Dolsot Bibimbap and the Daenjang Chigae (bean paste soup). No one is more discerning that the Korean folks who have grown up on these staples, and when a restaurant like Koryokwan manages to attract so many of its compatriots, you know their authenticity is spot on. Check it out and see for yourself!
Koryokwan is located on the ground floor of the Carlton Tower Hotel in Kuwait City. Open from 10am to 3pm and from 5pm to 10:30pm. For more information please call 2245 2740/59.