It’s finally here- and by finally here I mean Spring. Winter is a particularly long season in Korea, and though I enjoy me a biting cold winter, I have been ready for warmer weather for a few weeks.
Today, the Man and my schedules lined up so that we were finally able to get some lunch together. This is a rare occasion as I often work Saturday mornings and he works Saturday afternoons. But Spring must have been watching out for us because not only were we able to eat together, we were also able to go to Melting Shop, which I’ve been itching to check out.
I first heard of Melting Shop over a year ago as a co-worker at a previous workplace mentioned that their desserts are to die for. I kept it on my list of must-go eateries but with all the aforementioned scheduling issues, I hadn’t been able to go.
Note, reservations are crucical here and even as we walked in for our 1:15 lunch, the place was packed. The seating was quick, however, and orders were taken right away. The atmosphere was really warm and inviting, and especially with the decor – old school bistro – I was comfortable and looking forward to having my meal.
As I’ve mentioned, the decor is a bit old school, and even the menu reflects that. We started out with ordering a Coca Cola and immediately were taken back to the old school coke bottle days.
We perused the rest of the menu and decided on first, the soft-shell crab popover with wasabi sauce. I’d seen pictures of this dish and I mean, come on – it’s all the things I love in one dish: crab, carbs, wasabi. Need I say more?
The dish was perfection. The wasabi sauce was perfectly seasoned but the wasabi perfectly complemented the crispy fried softshell crab. The popover was flaky, but perfectly soft inside. It came with a chicory salad, tossed in a honey vinegrette.
Then came our second dish, the baked rigatoni with parmesan crisps. I loved the rustic plating of this dish, and it paired well with the popover as well. Our server came and poured the sauce over the rigatoni, and explained that we could smash up the parmesan as we ate and have it stick to the rigatoni.
We were stuffed at this point, but really – what’s the point of coming to a place known for their desserts if you don’t get the dessert? We asked the server for her recommendation and she said since we were full, she would recommend the Mulberry Pavlova.
And this woman, bless her – she brought us two iced coffees, just because she thought it would pair well with our pavlova. I was extremely thankful for her – she must have been a kindred spirit.
Overall, the Man and I decided we have to come back here, and try everything else on the menu. It takes its place as one of our top picks for eating in this city, and our plate at the end reflected that.
To head to Melting Shop, head to Apgujeong Rodeo Station (Yellow Bundang Line), walk out of exit 5 and walk straight for 200 meters, until you see Changhyun Drugstore, and then turn right, going straight until you see 1907, turning right again, and then immediately turning left at the next alley. Reach the end of the road (You’ll see Dosan Park’s gates straight ahead), Melting Shop will be on your right.
Melting Shop: 02-544-4256. Open daily 11:00am to 11pm, reservations recommended.