Although there is a shortage of Korean restaurants in India, some cities have the memo. From bulgogi and tteokbokki to fried chicken and bibimbap, these Korean restaurants in Mumbai and Pune serve things k-food dreams are made of.
The more Korean content we consume, the greater our chance of getting carried away by it Hallyu (the Korean wave). Besides the use of finger hearts and the expression wait! (translated to fight, the Korean way of wishing someone good luck) the most influential aspect of this wave was Korean food.
K-food, if you can call it that, goes beyond kimchi and Yakult (or as Lara Jean in To all the boys I’ve loved before calls it Korean yogurt smoothie). The kitchen is rooted in the concept of eumyangohaeng (Ying and Yang) and every food preparation is balanced in terms of texture, color and taste. As you eat, pay close attention to the main characters in your favorite drama and you will find that a traditional Korean table also has side dishes and side dishes in five different colors that represent the five elements of the earth. However, not all Korean foods follow this rule. Fusion dishes like Korean fried chicken, hot dog, army stew, and cheese ramen are influenced by the West, and while they may not come with the promise of a balanced meal, they are just as delicious.
Despite the growing popularity of all things Korean in the country, there are few eateries that serve authentic Korean dishes. Grab your chopsticks (made of metal, of course) though, as we’ve put together a list of Korean restaurants in Mumbai and Pune that offers the ultimate experience for anyone who loves the country and its food.
Korean restaurants in Mumbai and Pune that every Korean cuisine lover should definitely visit
As one of the first places in Mumbai to serve authentic Korean cuisine, Bandras Heng Bok is perfect if you want to immerse yourself in Korean culture. The place offers everything from spicy ramen, kimchi jiggae (stew), pajeon (pancakes) and pork belly to tteokbokki (rice cake), pork bibimbap (rice with meat and vegetables), pajeon (pancakes) and kimbap. Those who love their bulgogi can sit down here on a Korean barbecue and drink a bottle of soju with it. To round off your meal, try patbingsu (Korean ice cream dessert) and tempura ice cream. All of this with a side of K-pop music.
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Suburbia Mall, 6th floor, Linking Road, above Shoppers Stop, Bandra West, Mumba
The cozy Sun and Moon in Lower Parel serves great Korean vibes (including BTS songs) and traditional food, and has won the hearts of locals for its hospitality and tasty offerings. Popular options here are jjamppong (noodle soup), tteokbokki, kimchi soup, pajeon, and samgyupsal (grilled pork belly). The place also serves kimchi mandu (dumplings), gimbap, ganja jjimdak (chicken in soy sauce), and shaved ice with a red sweet bean. However, don’t take our word for it for the delicious offerings the place has to offer, the place has its own wall where happy customers tell us how much they enjoyed the food and the opportunity to partake in this part of Korean culture.
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Ground floor, Dainik Shivner Marg, Mumbai
South Bombay’s gift to those who love their Kimchi and Mandu. Seoulmate’s most popular options are also classics like bibimbap, fried rice, gimbap, jajangmyeon, and yachaejeon (Korean pancake). This is ideal if you are just starting your Korean food journey and are not too hot on the idea of biting into octopus, sea snails, and black pudding. The restaurant is open for deliveries Tuesday through Sunday, uses responsible ingredients, and doesn’t add MSG to any of its dishes. Vegans and people with other dietary restrictions will also find something here.
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Meherabad Building, 2A, Breach Candy, Mumbai
A charming Japanese and Korean restaurant in Powai that serves authentic Korean (and Japanese) food. Stop by for healthy treats like spicy kimchi soup, kimbap, stews, mandu guk (dumpling soup), tteokbokki, and fried pork. They also have cold noodles, jjajangmyeon, and japchae (glass noodles). Korean barbecue fans will enjoy bulgogi and samgyeopsal. Although Korean food is dominated by meat and seafood, vegetarians have plenty to choose from here.
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Bandra Kurla Complex, first floor, Bandra East, Mumbai
While it’s not a strictly Korean place, the Korean fried chicken at Louis Burger is tempting enough to make it on this list. The locals are very popular in Korea and are often seen grabbing a glass of soju and digging chicken wings in what they consider to be their better half. This marriage is called Chimaek, “chi” for chicken and “maek” for Maekju or beer. Though there is no beer, the restaurant’s juicy, crispy chicken wings, doused in a gochujang-based sauce and topped with sesame seeds, are delicious and addicting. You will go back for seconds. For those days when you need something heartier, go for the Korean Fried Chicken Burger with Onion Rings and Coke.
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Kamala Mills Compound, Lower Parel
K in Aundh serves classic Korean cuisine in a cozy setting and is busy most weekends. Locals visit the place for a bowl of Korean ramen, some mandu, naeng myun (noodles with cucumber, pear, and radish), steak, and dak-galbi (fried chicken). If the large menu confuses you, the friendly staff is always welcome to ask for recommendations and specials. And if you’re a fan of Kpop, don’t forget to check out the restaurant about any BTS goodies they might offer.
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Sai Heritage, Baner Link Road, Aundh, Pune.
Another local favorite with multiple branches across the city, Cafe Peter has a dedicated Korean section on its menu that features some classics that any Korean food enthusiast will enjoy. From gochujang cheese ramen and dark gear jeon (fried chicken) to fried kimchi rice and fried chicken ssam food (chicken and rice served on a bed of lettuce), stop by when the cravings set in.
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Across from Symbosis International College, Anand Square, Viman Nagar, Pune
Seouljib in Wakad on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway fulfills your Korean food needs even when you are on the go. As part of a Korean guest house, the restaurant is open to everyone and usually has menus with all the information in Hangul. The best way to dine here is to let the staff know about dietary restrictions and preferences, and have them recommend what to eat. A meal here usually involves lots of banchan (side dishes) and can include anything from bibimbap and fried rice to steamed eggs and stew. It doesn’t get more authentic than Seouljib.
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Jeevan Nagar Road, Jeevan Nagar, Tathawade, Expressway, Pune
Enjoy your meal! Or as Koreans would say, Massge Deuseyo!