Monday, March 21, 2016

Maillet (Seoul, SOUTH KOREA) ★★★★☆

Maillet, a hidden gem on top of hilly Itaewon, is arguably my best find on this trip. Not only is this place good for a cup of coffee, its French pastries are also something to die for.

This cozy little dessert café is run by a husband and wife team (both coming from the Institut Paul Bocuse in Lyon) with the husband preparing the pastries back stage and wife taking care of the front.

Look at all these amazing creations under the giant glass containers.

I can't think of another place in Itaewon that gives me a warmer feeling than here.

When it comes to pastries, Maillet has got quite a number of interesting choices for us. Where should I start? I was tempted to try at least 3 different pastries but unfortunately only got room for one. At the end, it was this Gosohé (6,500 won), a caramel and hazelnut themed cake getting the nod. 

This has a nice balance of flavors coming from the caramelized hazelnut dacquoise, dulcey caramel mousse and meringue as well as creamy dulcey. The mousse was rich, velvety and a bit buttery and I love the hazelnut giving it a nutty and toffee-like twist.

Maillet is not the easiest place to find without google map. My word of advice is to locate Hoenamu-ro 26-gil first (follow the way the black car turns left from Hoenamu-ro, Itaewon's main road).

Then, follow this alley uphill and Maillet should be right in front of you.

This kind of quality is sure hard to find unless you're visiting a hotel patisserie. Do yourself a favor and check Maillet out next time you decide to visit Itaewon.

Food Rating: 6/10
Price: ₩₩₩
Address: 212-57 Itaewon 2(i)-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Closest Metro Station: Noksapyeong / Itaewon
Tel: +82 2749-1411

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