Sunday, March 25, 2018

Mont St. Clair (Seoul, SOUTH KOREA) ★★★★☆

After making a quick stop at White Viel, I started walking down Bogwang-ro looking for another cake shop - Mont St. Clair.

Those who are familiar with Tokyo's dessert scene, should know this name very well. Opened back in 1998, Mont St. Clair has been around Jiyugaoka even before the area became the trendy little town that it is right now. Owner Hironobu Tsujiguchi (辻口博啟), who's an award-winning pâtissier and chocolatier, represented Japan on a number of occasions in the international stage accumulating some impressive accolades along the way.

From what I've read from Korean Herald and a number of other sources, this is already their fourth branch in Seoul, so they're expanding very quickly in Korea (as composed to just one branch in Tokyo).

But this is more than just a bakery and cake shop.

This is a place where you can really chill out and enjoy a cup of coffee along with their wonderful selection of Japanese inspired sweets.

I'm going to sit here all day with my iced latte and watch cars go by!

This branch of Mont St. Clair carries most of their signature desserts from Tokyo including their hexagon shaped C'est la Vie (white chocolate mousse with raspberry and pistachio sponge) and mont blanc.

But I'm going with something which is in season right now - Sakura (8,000 won)!!!!!

I thought this is going to be just cherry blossom mousse all the way but they managed to pack a lot of other ingredients in the middle including vanilla brulee, red bean paste, raspberry jam, sponge and sable. Very delicate and very tasty. Definitely won't mind having it again.

Ambre (7,500 won) - Identical shape with Sakura but in a different color.

There's a layer of hazelnut and caramel ganache on the outside.

Inside is caramelized white chocolate mousse with hazelnut crunch sandwiched in the middle. This was pretty nice too, but the caramel flavor could be a little richer, if you ask me.

Opening hours of Mont St. Clair Itaewon goes something like this.
Monday-Thursday 10:30am - 11:00pm
Friday-Saturday     10:30am - 01:00am
Sunday                     10:30am - 12:00am

Food Rating: 6.5/10
Price: ₩₩
Address: 112-3 Bogwang-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Closest Metro Station: Itaewon 
Tel: +82 2-749-0660

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