Seoul Foodie Find: Hemlagat


Scandinavian Home Style Kitchen

Words and shots by Adam Kohlhaas


Hemlagat is a small restaurant that brings the flavors of Scandinavia halfway across the world to the bustling metropolis of Seoul. From the moment you set foot in the building, it is apparent that the restaurant is a labor of love by the owners. The lunch menu is filled with a variety of sandwiches from the sumptuous Smoked Salmon Sandwich, to the hearty Pork Patty and Fried Egg sandwich. Each is served with a bowl of herb-filled carrot soup and a salad with balsamic dressing. The dinner menu journeys further into the heart of Scandinavian food from a traditional mix of anchovies, egg, onion, mayonnaise, caviar and herbs, served with home baked bread, to the classic plate of Swedish meatballs, mashed potatoes, gravy, and lingonberry jam. All dishes can be perfectly paired with one of several homemade schnapps. Even without having tasted the food before, it evokes the essence of a home-cooked meal. The price may not be cheap but, if you crave the comfort-food touch, Hemlagat is worth the cost.


123 Namsan Castle, 35 Sogong -ro, Jung-gu, Seoul
(서울특별시 중구 35 소공로 123 남산캐슬), 02-318-3335