Sunday, March 25, 2018

On ne sait jamais (Seoul, SOUTH KOREA) ★★★☆☆

For the longest time, Hannam-dong was able to escape the radar screen of tourists despite its abundance of art shops, trendy cafés and restaurants but that is about to change soon. In recent years, the area has seen a steady influx of new shops, cafés and restaurants including the likes of San Francisco's famed bakery shop, Tartine Bakery who picked Hannam-dong as the landing spot of their first-ever shop in Seoul (even over Sinsa and Cheongdam).

Dessert lovers and coffee fanatics will fall in love with Hannam-dong quickly because coffee shops and dessert cafés are everywhere on the street. Among the numerous dessert spots, On ne sait jamais and Pied are two of the most popular ones among the locals.

On ne sait jamais has some of the funkiest pastries available in Hannam-dong. 

The café is very small so we have to wiggle our way through the other patrons during our visit (Highly recommend to visit this place on a weekday instead of weekend. Way too crowded on the Sunday we visited).

While I tend to be a little more adventurous with desserts, I was quite content to go with the all-time favorites today - tiramisu and mont blanc cake.

On ne sait jamais offers three different flavors of tiramisu including original, wild berry and nutella with banana. As a purist, of course I had to check out their original flavor. This was really tasty. The texture was soft and moist, the way I always like it. Pretty nice.

The second most popular cake here is their tear drop shaped Mont Blanc cake. On the outside was a layer that tasted like marshmallow (or meringue).

In the middle, some chestnut purée sitting on a sable biscuit.

I decided against having more coffee so just an iced royal milk tea for me this afternoon.

For those who want to put a lick on their tiramisu and tear-drop mont blanc without venturing over to Hannam-dong, I accidentally found this place in Gangnam that carries a similar set of desserts. It's called Café Knotted.

Café Knotted's desserts are not exactly the same but pretty close. I am guessing the same owner? But like the English translation of "On ne sait jamais", I guess I will never find out!

Food Rating: 5.5/10
Price: ₩₩
Address: 48 Itaewon-ro 54-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Closest Metro Station: Hangangjin
Tel: +82 02-794-3446

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