A Search for the Best Cheesecake in SeoulThursday, December 02, 2010
Article and pictures by guest contributor Laura Hamm and David Simon
If you are a lover of truly cheesy, creamy, thick, tangy, cheesecake… then you’re probably well aware of how difficult it can be to buy a satisfying slice in Seoul, or anywhere else in Korea. Perhaps you’ve experienced the familiar disappointment one too many times. You see cheesecake on the menu, or at the bakery, and the idea of that velvety deliciousness you know so well plants itself firmly into your brain until you can’t resist. You eagerly order your indulgence… only to push your fork into it’s pastel surface and realize that it’s far more ‘cake’ than ‘cheese’, and again you feel duped. We can empathize. However, do not lose hope completely… it IS possible to find the real thing in Seoul. On the ultimate quest to search for the best cheesecake in Seoul, two true cheesecake lovers sampled some delectable options and have decided to share their knowledge here with any other kindred seekers.
|Outback Steakhouse Cheesecake in Seoul|
5. To satisfy a curiosity, and because it has a reputation for serving up respectable cheesecake in Korea, we decided to give Outback Steakhouse a try. Our curiosity was indeed satisfied, though without much flare or fanfare. Certainly, it fit the basic requirements of a real cheesecake… it had the thick and creamy consistency one looks for, and for the traditionalists out there this one was baked, with a crust. Yet, the taste sensation left much to be desired. Mild, sweet and fluffy could describe it, with little to none of the zippy flavor that a true cheese filling should possess; and the crust tasted simply of a frozen pie crust, with none of the buttery, crumbly, or crunchy crackle that the best crusts should provide. Pretty average, overall.
|2nd Best Cheesecake in Seoul at La Bocca in Itaewon|
And, the #1 Cheesecake in Seoul is found at…….
To get to Decoa Balim, take Subway line 4 to Sangsu Station and leave out of exit 1. Turn 180 degrees after exiting and walk left down the road that exit 1 and exit 2 straddle. When you reach the bar called ‘Vinyl’, take your next hard left (diagonal to the street you’re on, not perpendicular). Walk a short distance and look for Decoa Balim on your left. (There’s also an entrance from the diagonal left that’s just BEFORE you see Vinyl.)
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