Formerly of Gouger Street’s multi award-winning restaurant Mapo, Chung Jae Lee has spent the last several years away from Adelaide.
An esteemed Korean chef and author, Chung Jae, alongside wife Sam, is now set to launch new eatery Seoul Sisters.
Mapo, Chung Jae’s first culinary venture, was named after the chef’s home. Dishes were developed with Chung Joe’s unique twist, and the restaurant became a popular CBD destination. After selling Mapo in April 2013, Chung Jae and Sam moved North to Darwin, launching successful eatery Little Miss Koreo, as well as cocktail bar The Loading Bay.
Chung Jae’s food has been celebrated by celebrity chefs including the likes of Justine Schofield, Matt Moran, and Masterchef’s Gary Mehigan.
Seoul Sisters comes after Chung Jae underwent a kidney transplant, after experiencing kidney failure. He remains a huge advocate and supporter of the Kidney Foundation.
Chung Jae and Sam named the new venture after teenage daughters Pia and Bella. The restaurant sits where Etica once was, and will feature a menu of sumptuous, Korean-inspired dishes, Dimattina coffee, and a curated selection of local wines and craft beer.
His food philosophy is clear, “Sharing food is a way of introducing your own custom and a way of understanding other cultures and we all need to eat so what better way to do it than together. Korean food is all designed to share so eating in my home country is a social event for every meal and never tastes as good if eaten alone.”
Seoul Sisters is currently serving coffee and pastries, with the full menu officially launching on October 3. The restaurant will be open from 8:30am Monday to Saturday and until late Friday and Saturday. With a capacity of 24 outside and 26 inside, the intimate venue is perfect for functions, breakfast, long lunches and after work catch ups.
You can find Seoul Sisters at 84 Halifax St.