With the busy-ness of the season and a lot going on in our lives, the man and I didn’t start making Christmas plans until just a few days before. Now, with Christmas being a couple’s holidays in Korea where couples make reservations weeks in advance – we were a bit late to the game. We wanted to do something special but were running out of options.
However, the man had contacted La Marmite, a French bistro in Noksapyeong/HBC, and told them our situation, asking for contact just in case any spots opened up – and thankfully, they let us know that a spot was open on Christmas Eve!
We dressed to our nines and headed out on the town for our 9pm reservation – a bit later than we would’ve liked since we usually enjoy dinner fairly earlier in the evening, but beggars can’t be choosers, and especially not if the food is this delicious.
The Christmas menu was a seven course dinner, crafted very meticulously by the head chef, who made his rounds throughout the courses.
We started out with a lovely carrot and ginger soup, and continued with an appetizer of giant prawn wrapped in bacon with a balsamic glaze.
Then we had some gorgeous butternut squash risotto topped with crispy parmigiano, along with a lovely bread course (because one can never have enough carbs during the holidays).
Now I’ll note here that this meal did take a while because it was seven courses – and the man and I did have to order two french press coffees because in case you forgot… our reservations were at 9…pm. We were a bit tired, but we pressed on.
Thankfully, the next course was the man’s favorite, a tenderloin steak with potato mousselini and foie gras sauce. The chef told us that the foie gras was difficult to get a hold of – but there was just enough in the sauce to give rich, velvety notes to the dish.
We ended the night with a cheese plate, and then a chocolate mousse with salted caramel and hazelnut crumble.
Overall, the meal was wonderful and we had some great conversation reminiscing on the year that we’ve had together.
Although this was a seasonal menu, I will most definitely be visiting again and trying out their brunch and dinner menus – I’ve heard great things. See you soon, La Marmite!
To get to La Marmite, head to Noksapyeong station (line 6), come out of exit 2 and walk straight to the fork in the road, about 700 meters. Take the left fork in the road, walk straight and take a left when you see Bonny’s. La Marmite will be on your left. (Yongsan-gu, Yongsan-dong 2ga, 5-767 or call 010-4061-5571)
See their Facebook page here.