Today’s post is going to be short and sweet like the dessert I ate after my Paraguayan meal. Once I took down my fair share of empanadas, I wanted something sweet to balance out the savory fillings, so I found myself at Tartine. Tartine is located in Itaewon at 119-15 Itaewon, Yongsan -Gu, Seoul. Take the metro to Itaewon station, and then come out of exit 1 and walk straight. It is in the second alley you pass on your right hand side. Turn right and you’ll see the red sign on the right and left sides of the buildings. Here’s their website.
When I got there, I felt like crying with how much stuff I wanted to try yet every item was insanely expensive. For the tiny pies, it ranged from 6,000 W-8,500 W. A small chocolate cake cost 35,000 W! I don’t know if they mixed in 24 Karat gold in the batter or used ground unicorn horn for the frosting, but that’s ridiculous. Either way, I was just going to settle for a pie since I wanted to try it once. They have a take out bakery on one side of the walk, and an actual cafe on the other side where you can sit outside when the weather’s nice like it was today. I perused the case looking at various fruit, meringue, and chocolate inspired creations, but one caught my eye that really seemed unique. It was called “Paradise Pie” (8,800 W). When I got the pie, I still didn’t see why it was so expensive given the size, but the taste was somewhat worth it. The crust was a typical shortening based crust that was average. but the insides were something delightful. Basically, it was the equivalent of a chocolate pie and a pecan pie creating a tropical baby made of coconut with all of it covered in the signature pecan pie sugar sauce. The whole pecans were crunchy and sweet while the small chocolate chunks were occasional nuggets of treasure I found while digging through the thick layers of brown coconut mixed with chocolate mousse. It was very decadent, but I wouldn’t make this a regular habit.
If you want to try some competently made but overpriced desserts, Tartine is the place for you.