Monday, July 19, 2010

Olive & Herb: Italian Restaurant in Gwanghwamun

Olive & Herb is an Italian restaurant in Gwanghwamun. The interior doesn't look like much: just brown tables in a dimly lit room. White walls with a green painting of a tree on one wall.

You can get a decent calzone here (which is rare), although it's a bit pricey at 13,000 won. Otherwise, the fare is standard Italian: mostly pastas with various sauces in the range of 12,000-17,000 won.

If you're just looking for reasonably good Italian, then this place will do. However, if you're browsing for a place with a nice atmosphere (perhaps for a date or a nice dinner), then I would recommend one of Seoul's many other Italian restaurants. Olive & Herb is a basement restaurant in an apartment buiding that mostly serves as a lunch location for the employees of the large number of corporate offices in the area (probably when they're not looking to impress an important client at a fancy pants restaurant) .

Directions: Get out Gyeongbokgung Exit 6 and walk straight. Turn left at the corner. Walk straight. The street will fork into two streets, a left fork and a right fork. Walk down the left fork until you get to the intersection. Cross the intersection. Once on the other side of the street, Olive & Herb is in the basement of the large officetel building. (You'll see steps heading down as soon as you cross the street.)

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