Translated by: MIN Hye-yong from Seoul International School
Have you been to local groceries recently and wondered what is the deal with all the strawberries? Normally, strawberries are in season during spring. However, modern agricultural wonder that is the green house brings them to our tables much sooner and for some time now, winter has been the season of ‘greenhouse strawberries’. Introducing a few places boasting strawberry goods right now:
Korean fusion restaurant near Hongdae. (Mapogu Seogyodong 330-55, 070-4176-4376) They serve triple decker sandwiches with Korean BBQ beef, sesame chicken grilled salads, etc. Menus change according to seasonal ingredients. Right now, they are serving strawberry Capellini (spicy pasta/ KRW14,000) It’s about 5 minute walk from Hongdae Univ Station (Green #2 line, exit 8)
The new fancy Hyundai Dept Store opened up right outside of Pangyo station on the New Bundang Line. They have great eateries in the basement, including NYC’s Magnolia Bakery. Their strawberry concoction includes strawberry cupcakes (W4,300) & strawberry cream pies (W8,800). Apparently the lines are so long that purchase is limited to only 1 per person. (Standing in line here is becoming a popular Instagram date-course for young couples.) Pangyo station (New Bundang line, exit 3) FYI, Magnolia Bakery has another shop in COEX Hyundai Dept Store as well.
JW Marriot Seoul Lobby Lounge
‘I Love Strawberry Promotion’ is happening 2/12~4/30. Serving 17 strawberry desserts from Mon – Thurs & 30 desserts from Fri-Sun. Strawberry afternoon tea 2-5pm (W39,000) & strawberry dessert buffet 12-2:30pm (W56,000). Sounds like a good deal to try all sorts of strawberry delicacies. (Orange #3 Line, Express Bus Terminal Station, exit #8 or 7)
Grand InterContinental Seoul Parnas
Connected to the newly furbished COEX Mall, Grand InterContinental has lots of choice restaurants & stores. Their Lobby Lounge & Bar is having their 10th strawberry dessert collection event 1/16~4/24, weekends, only. 12:00~14:30 & 15:00~17:30 (Adults W45,000 & kids W27,000). Dessert buffet includes Belgium pastry chef’s specially made strawberry mousse cake & some 20 desserts, including fondue & flambee cart. Reservations required.