Hidden below the 3zium apartment complex in Songpa-gu, surrounded by the usual marts, nail salons, and Korean style bakeries, lies the best little crêperie in Seoul you don’t know about.
And it’s French friend tested and approved!
If you’ve lived in Korea for any length of time, you know it’s darned near impossible to find a quality savoury crepe at a reasonable price, outside of Itaewon. That’s because Koreans (mostly) have yet to develop the taste or understanding for a crepe filled with something other than fruit, ice cream or chocolate.
At Le Tatin though, along with the usual tarts and sweet crepes, there are also savoury choices ranging from bacon cheddar to caprese to mushroom emmenthal. Melted together with a slightly runny egg, and wrapped in folded layers of thin dough, they make for a satisfying brunch or afternoon snack – one that’s pretty hard to come by in Korea.
There are no kernels of corn, mayonnaise or other unwelcome Korean bakery style surprises in the crepes and pastries at Le Tatin. Only products created in an authentic style using what owner Wonwoo Lee calls, “real food” ingredients – most of which he makes himself in the back of his tiny space.
We visited Le Tatin at least once a week when it first opened, and still find ourselves there quite often. It was just that good. Stop by and try it out for yourself, and say hi to the chef for us when you do. 🙂
About Le Tatin
Opened in August 2014, by former banker Lee Wonwoo, the shop came to life when his wife was relocated to New York City for work. He took the opportunity to enroll himself at the prestigious Institute of Culinary Education (ICE), and after 6 months of classes and 200 hours of practicum, he returned to Korea and opened Le Tatin, which serves house-made sweet and savoury crepes, sandwiches, tarts, and various other baked goods.
Try the shop’s namesake tart – the Tarte Tatin, which was invented in the early 1900s in the Loire Valley of France. Essentially an upside-down apple tart with sugar, butter and pastry crust, it must be served warm.
Lee’s version is comprised of an entire poached apple, and well worth the 5,500 KRW price tag.
Getting to Le Tatin
Located on the B1 level of the 3zium apartment complex, you can reach it by exiting Jamsil Saenae subway and walking towards exit 5/6. Enter the building that has the Lotte Grocery store and keep to the left. Le Tatin is approximately halfway down the corridor.
Crepes and tarts start at 5,000, and can be turned into a set with a small salad and coffee, for an extra 3,000 – 3,500, depending on which coffee you choose. You can also pre-order large tarts for events.
Would you try a savoury crepe? Know anywhere else to get one in Seoul? Share your experiences in the comments below. We’d love to hear from you!
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