I visited Chinnmeal (친밀), Italian restaurant in Haeundae, that Chef Oh Sedeuk from TV show, ‘Please Take Care of My Refrigerator.’
110, Yangun-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan, South Korea (2nd Floor)
11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.
> Bus: No 38 or 1001, get off at Jwadong Jaeraesijang stop (좌동재래시장)
> Subway: Line 2 (Green Line), Jangsan station (장산/201), Exit 10 > about 10 min walk
> Parking: available but only a few spaces
Thanks to Korean’s endless passion to culinary culture, food shows on various media channel has bloomed splendidly in recent years. From solo meokbang (먹방 – online broadcasting to show a host consuming usually large amount of food) on YouTube to a documentary on Network TV in which a famous actor travels through South Korea introducing local dishes in each region.
Among those countless food shows, ‘Please Take Care of My Refrigerator (냉장고를 부탁해)‘ (JTBC page) is considered one of most popular ones. One of the star chefs from the show, Oh Sedeuk (오세득 @sedeukoh) has recently opened a upscale Italian restaurant in Haeundae Sinsigaji area.
The restaurant serves Italian based menu and its signature dish is dry aged beef steaks. And, even more interestingly they don’t grill the steaks but cook them in the wood fired oven. Yes, the ones you see in pizzeria in Napoli. The chef insists that you would be able to appreciate steak’s own taste more in this way.
The name , Chinnmeal is a combination of Korean ‘친 chin’ from ‘친하다 close in relationships’ and English ‘meal.’ So, the chef wants his restaurant to be a place where people enjoy their meals with loved ones.
Interior of Chinnmeal Restaurant. The firewood decoration emphasizes its way to cook steaks in wood fired oven.
Menu of Chinnmeal
My group ordered dry aged L-bone sirloin + bone marrow (the very first picture of this post above), roasted chicken, curry, saffron risotto, and garlic, shrimp, whole squid sauce pasta. All dishes were well prepared, and especially the L-bone steak is definitely worth being a centerpiece of the table.
Chinnmeal is a bit fancy one so when you plan to visit this restaurant in Haeundae, consider your budget.
They don’t serve any desserts unless it’s a special course meal such as Christmas Course. However, don’t worry. After your meal here, you can go down to Aslan (아슬란), Cafe & Bakery on the first floor (the restaurant is on the second floor).
If you go to the cafe, try ‘Injeolmi pang,’ their signature bread. Unfortunately, I missed this popular menu, but people say the combination of soybean powder and sweet red bean is quite scrumptious. If you taste it, please let me know how you like it (or don’t).
In Haeundae Area
Chinnmeal is located in Haeunade Sinsigaji district (해운대 신시가지), the area developed in 1990s with population of 120,000. The area is a part of Haeundae-gu, however, it’s not the exactly same area that you think of Haeundae. You can take a bus or subway and go to most of points of interest in Haeundae within 20 minutes including Haeundae Beach, Dalmajigil, Marine City and more.
Note: Since the taste, atmosphere and service are all subjective matters (and I don’t consider myself as a qualified foodie), I try to introduce and show a restaurant, rather than rate them.