There is one thing we can say for sure about the Westin Chosun - you will not be going hungry. There are a total of six eating and drinking outlets within the hotel premises which we will now resume for you.
Vecchia e Nuovo is the hotel's Italian bistro, situated on the lower ground floor. Open all day, it operates as both a deli and a restaurant serving up beautifully presented traditional dishes as well as sandwiches, salads, pastas, breads and pastries. Famous for its cheesecake, this eatery should not be underestimated simply because it is so far away from Italy - the produce here is of the highest quality.
The hotel's buffet restaurant, Aria, is an interesting concept. Nine live cooking stations serving up good quality Korean and Western dishes to the background of classical music. The restaurant is open for all three meals of the day and has plenty of seating - although it is a shame the space receives no natural light. While modern and of course spotless, this is not the most charming of the outlets in which to eat, although it is one of the most cost-effective.
Next up is The Ninth Gate Grill, the country's first French restaurant, which specialises in grilled meats which are cooked in wood-fired hearth ovens. Also with an open kitchen, the seating at the restaurant is smart yet informal and highly comfortable and the floor-to-ceiling windows frame the small temple situated just outside the hotel. Of note here is the transparent wine cellar which contains over 300 different wines.
As with many top Korean hotels, the Westin Chosun has both a Chinese and a Japanese restaurant. Hong Yuan is the Chinese eatery and is probably our favourite in terms of its design and décor. At the entrance to the traditional affair is a tea station on the black marble floor, where some seating is also to be found along with a large pot of orchids and wonderfully delicate bamboo outlines on the dark walls. The interior is magnificent, with a handful of seating booths with red leather banquettes and red-topped tables sectioned off by beautifully intricate Chinese lattice work. In addition to these compartments there are, like in all of the hotel's restaurants, several private dining rooms for family occasions or business meetings, although the décor is somewhat toned down compared to the eye catching red and black association in the main dining room. The head chef here, half-Chinese and half-Korean, is famed for the use of tofu in his dishes - something that will please vegetarians looking for an authentic Chinese meal.
The fifth and final restaurant at the Westin Chosun is the aforementioned Japanese eatery Sushi Cho. The highly acclaimed sushi restaurant is run by the Michelin starred Ginza Kyubey and is located on the hotel's 20th floor. The décor remains contemporary but extremely simple so as not to take attention away from the exquisite dishes coming from the open kitchen. Diners can choose either to sit at a classic sushi bar or at the tables under which there is a well for legs and feet. Not only does Sushi Cho have a dedicated sake bar, but there are also spectacular views of Mount Inwang through the floor-to-ceiling windows.
And finally, the cosy lounge space in the lobby is known as The Circle and is open all day for either tea, coffee and pastries from Payard during the day, or for beers, wines and cocktails in the evening to the accompaniment of live music. There is a wide selection too of whiskies and cognac as well as a snacking menu.