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Munich’s MUN restaurant is bringing a taste of Asia to the heart of Europe. This is no typical Asia-centric restaurant, but a space where chef Mum Kim is free to fully experiment with his expansive creativity. The Korean-American accumulated experience in Argentina, passing through New York (he worked on Wall Street), and curates a menu that ranges from dim sum and sushi, to his specialty, grilled octopus, as well as other meat dishes. Format Works handled the restaurant’s interior design, contaminating the various spaces with diverse traditions.

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Chef Mum Kim. Photo: Stefan Herx.
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Moss, wood and cork recreate a plein aire feel in one corner of the restaurant. Photo: Stefan Herx.
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The chef prepares sushi and sashimi with his own particular twist. He learned the preparation from Iron Chef Makoto Okuwa of Starr Restaurants in Los Angeles. Photo: Stefan Herx.

The dining rooms and lounges are styled to resemble an ancient Asian residence, including Japanese, Chinese, and Korean details and decorations in every angle. Gold and varnish are omnipresent, and natural materials, including wood, cork and moss, recreate a lantern-filled garden in one of the restaurant’s corners. At Mun, one feels worlds away from the heart of Germany.

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Mun’s main dining room has cork details and moss-covered panels.
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The food presentation is essential. Mun has à la carte dishes, and two tasting menus with 4 or 6 courses. Photo: Stefan Herx.
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The interior has subtle suggestions that give it the feeling of an ancient Asian residence.
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Mun’s best known dish is his grilled octopus. Photo: Stefan Herx.
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Some of the dishes are steamed in baskets. The chef has not left out traditional cuisine that his mother prepared for him as a child. Photo Stefan Herx.
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Mum Kim’s meat dishes have influences from Argentinian cuisine. Photo Stefan Herx.
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The entrance to Mun Restaurant.
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Gold and varnish are omnipresent.

WHERE: Innere Wiener Straße 18, 81667 München, Germania

Munich’s MUN restaurant is bringing a taste of Asia to the heart of Europe. This is no typical Asia-centric restaurant, but a space where chef Mum Kim is free to fully experiment with his expansive creativity. The Korean-American accumulated experience in Argentina, passing through New York (he worked on Wall Street), and curates a menu that ranges from dim sum and sushi, to his specialty, grilled octopus, as well as other meat dishes. Format Works handled the restaurant’s interior design, contaminating the various spaces with diverse traditions. The dining rooms and lounges are styled to resemble an ancient Asian residence, including Japanese, Chinese, and Korean details and decorations in every angle. Gold and varnish are omnipresent, and natural materials, including wood, cork and moss, recreate a lantern-filled garden in one of the restaurant’s corners. At Mun, one feels worlds away from the heart of Germany.

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