Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Korea Tip #102 - 3 Great New Places in SsangYong Dong

SsangYong Dong (the neighborhood around Korea Nazarene University) is really developing.  Recently, three great little places have popped up.
First, Pasta Noodle Office (파스타 면 사무소) is a chic little Italian place, next to Tom N Toms above McDonald's.  It offers great specialty pizzas and tasty pasta dishes.  The prices range from 7,000 won to 15,000 won.  My first impression is that this is the best Italian place in the neighborhood.
Second, Mama's Table is a quiet little cafe above Cara Cara Sauna.  It has excellent sandwiches on real whole wheat bread, with good side salads, and coffee.  They also have real cheese cake and soft homemade cookies (even oatmeal raisin - my favorite!).  Go out the KNU main gate up the hill toward the mountain.  Take the first left and follow that street as it makes an L to the right.  Mama's Table is almost at the end of the street on the left.
Third, A Twosome Place is a gourmet cafe chain based out of Seoul.  I was delighted to see this at the end of the Lotte Mart street.  It has great sandwiches and a wide variety of specialty coffees and deserts.  Think Starbucks crossed with Panera (almost).  From the KNU area, walk past Lotte Mart, go under the walkway under the main road, and keep going straight.  A Twosome Place will be on your right almost at the end of the street.
And by the way, don't miss Lower Garden (a quaint little coffee shop with simple but tasty sandwiches and Signore's Pizza (pizzas are baked in a real clay oven with a wood fire) - both are behind the post office. 
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