The Pyongyang Bell Restaurant is a venue located in the downtown of North Korea’s capital city. A short walk from Kim Il Sung Square and the Taedonggang river, the restaurant is commonly visited by groups and delegations on tour in the country. The restaurant specializes in BBQ and beef based menus and also has a small bar and ice cream fridge should one wish.
The Pyongyang bell restaurant has been open for a few years now. As per all Korean restaurants and Asia in general, it has a number of public tables for larger groups and a number of small private rooms for smaller ones. It is elaborately decorated with coloured cloth. Observers may note that the restaurant also has christmas trees on display all year round, an unusual phenomenon present in many DPRK restaurants.
Tourists visiting the restaurant (Usually for lunch and not dinner), providing they have not opted for vegetarian options, will find that the restaurant providers a variety of meat and BBQ based options on a pre-prepared basis. This primarily involves Korean Marinated beef, or as termed in Korean: “Bulgogi“. It can come pre-prepared on a rack, or it can also be cooked in front of the customers by grill. Either way, there are several varieties. The venue also serves other standard Korean dishes including Raengmyeon (cold noodles), Kim Chi Jjigae (Kim Chi stew) and fried chicken.
The restaurant’s food is typically of a good quality. It’s one of the most enjoyable venues in Pyongyang and has not received any customer complaints. It’s supply of ice cream, soft drinks and other beverages for afterwards also make it great to visit in the summer.