A âdessertâ that makes you feel sweet just by hearing its name. It comes from the French word âfinish a mealâ and refers to any food that is simply enjoyed after a meal. It can include everything from sweet foods such as cakes, puddings, tarts, sweets, ice cream, and fruit to beverages such as coffee, tea, and juice. As the saying goes, âA bowl of rice is a pear for dessert,â for Koreans, dessert is as important as rice.
The spectacular transformation of the desserts we have shared in our daily lives is beginning. It draws attention with its sensational desserts that incorporate unexpected ingredients such as dill, coriander, and asparagus. If it surprises me with Western ingredients, it also offers a variety of variations with ingredients full of Korean flavors, such as black sesame, plum, soy sauce, and miso paste. They are creating new flavor combinations by adding alcoholic beverages such as wine and cocktails to desserts that were enjoyed with coffee and drinks. Infinite transformation of dessert! Here are 5 of the best restaurants in Shinsegae for new desserts.
1. 'Prototypes' of Chungmuro showcasing experimental desserts
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âArchetypesâ is a newly opened dessert sea just downstairs from âSeomgwangâ in Chungmuro, famous for its cafe and wine bar. It operates in a form where you can enjoy a variety of drinks and desserts, such as coffee, juice, cocktails, and wine. It presents unique flavors with ingredients that don't seem to go well with desserts, such as asparagus, garlic flakes, anchovies, and persimmons. The signature dish is the âPink Deal,â where golden dill is casually placed on top of a cake topped with pink cream. The cake, which is layered with chocolate sheets and fresh cream, has a fresh yet sweet accent with raspberry jam and Earl Grey cream. The sweetly melting cake is infused with the aroma of dill, and you can enjoy a luxurious flavor.
â²Location: 4F, 38 Changgyeonggung-ro 1-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
â²Opening hours: 14:00 â 21:00 every day, closed on Sundays
â²Price: Pink Deal 15,000 won, Coriander Cream 15,000 won
â²Testimonial (I like dill): I like dill, so I ordered the pink deal right away because it was a menu for me. From the colorful colors to the taste, a certified shot is essential before eating! Even though the sheet was full of cream on the chocolate cake sheet, I didn't feel it at all, and I didn't feel that the cream itself was delicious! The scent of dill was stronger than I expected, so I was satisfied! Next time, I'm also going to try a master.
2. Dosan Park's 'Nudake House Dosan' draws attention with its unique visuals
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âNudake House Dosanâ was launched by II-Combine of the fashion brand âGentle Monster.â The mutual âNUDAKEâ, which combines the three words ânew (new),â âdifferent (different),â and âcake (cake),â aims to create a cake that has never been experienced before. When you enter the interior, which makes use of its sense of space, objects and sculptures are scattered all over the place, making you feel like you are in an exhibition hall. The signature menu, âPeak,â is very eye-catching with its green matcha cream wrapped in a black pastry circle. The matcha cream that flows down the moment you tear off the pastry further enhances the visual pleasure. The bittersweet matcha cream adds moisture to the pastry, which crunches along the texture.
â²Location: Dosan B1F, 50, Apgujeong-ro 46-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
â²Opening hours: 11:00 â 21:00 every day, closed on the first Monday
â²Price: Peak (small) 23,000 won, trophy 11,000 won
â²Testimonial (I'm eating meat dishes): I was surprised by the unique visuals, but when I tasted it, I was surprised even more because it was so much tastier than I thought! I ate it at the most famous peak, and it was nice that the matcha cream had a rich aroma and flavor of luxurious matcha. The pastry itself was also savory, and I dipped it in cream and ate it, so I was able to clear one plate. Hehe, there's a gentle monster on top, so it's a great place to eat and watch.
3. Apgujeong 'pins' accented with Korean ingredients
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âFinnsâ is located in the form of a shop-in-shop within a bistro called âAstral Wine Bistro.â This is where Chef Kim Boo Boo, who was in charge of desserts at the Michelin restaurant âMinglesâ, opened a new door. The menu is divided into Ã la carte, gateau, parfait, and drinks, and when you order Ã la carte, you can vividly enjoy the dessert being made right in front of your eyes. Being able to enjoy Korean-inspired desserts such as soy sauce, miso paste, plum, and black sesame is appealing. The signature menu is âGreen Rush,â where kiwi, herbs, and herb sorbet are placed on top of a frozen jaffy parfait and finished by sprinkling plum consomme and herb oil. The herb sorbet made from 4 types of herbs, such as mint and coriander, blends fresh ingredients together to provide a refreshing taste as much as the color.
â²Location: 2F, 32, Eonju-ro 168-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
â²Opening hours: 12:00 â 21:30 every day, B/T 17:00 â 18:00, closed on Tuesdays
â²Price: Green Rush 15,000 won, Doenjang Pecan Pie 17,000 won
â²Testimonial (Violet Shikigin): Green Rush is full of fresh flavors, so it's a great place to start with your first dessert. When the herb and kiwi met, I felt a burst of freshness in my mouth. The miso pecan pie I ordered for the second time was sweet and salty with the soy sauce ice cream that came with it, so it's even more delicious when you put it on the pie! Keep in mind that if you want to use Finds only, you must order Ã la carte according to the number of people!
4. âParole & Langeâ in Yeonnam-dong, making the most of the natural texture and flavor of the ingredients
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â²Location: 8, Seongmisan-ro 29an-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul
â²Opening hours: 13:00 â 21:00 every day, closed on Mondays
â²Price: 8,500 won for corn, 8,500 won for basil and tomato
â²Testimonial (Shikigami Green Apple Pencil): I was asked to wait 30 minutes before the opening, but even though I went there at 12 o'clock, there were many people who waited in advance, so I thought it would be a good idea to come early. I was able to really enjoy the flavors of the ingredients in this pie, and I felt that the combination of sweet corn cream and corn kernels definitely brought out the identity of the corn menu. The second most popular basil tomato had an impact because it had a good flavor, freshness, and sweetness.
5. 'Refreshment' at Gangnam Ward Office, where you can feel the atmosphere of Korean food
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âRefreshmentâ is a place headed by Chef Kwon Woo-joong of the Michelin 2-Star Korean Dining 'Kwon Sook Soo. ' You can find traditional jujuburi and a dessert menu that reinterprets Korean ingredients in a modern way. The feature is that you can enjoy desserts based on Korean food by pairing them with wine. The signature menu is the âpersimmon cheese tart,â where white cream cheese is filled on tart paper and then sprinkled persimmon powder to contrast colors. You can experience the perfect balance between East and West by adding the scent of the sea persimmon to the rich flavor of cream cheese. In addition, there are various dessert menus unique to Refresh, such as Gapyeong perilla oil, rice cream biscuits, and Sansuyu macaroons.
â²Location: 13 Seolleung-ro 132-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
â²Opening hours: 11:30 â 21:00 every day, closed on Sundays and Mondays
â²Price: Persimmon cheese tart 8,200 won, Gapyeong perilla oil 8,200 won
â²Testimonial (M.I.X for Shikigin Coffee): The wine that goes well with each dessert and food is listed separately, so it's easy to choose wine. I ate red wine and persimmon cheese tart together, which enhanced the wine flavor even more. The rich flavor of cheese and the aroma of the persimmon went through very smoothly. I was impressed by the savory aroma of perilla oil in Gapyeong that brought out the overall flavor of the dessert.
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