Saturday, January 12, 2013
Review: Saint Augustin: Stylish Asian Cuisine
Wow, I am impressed that this little restaurant that I once visited in Seorae Village (the French village of Seoul) has franchised out. The place is classy and it oozes Asian flair like Zen Hideaway. The place is hip and they have good food to match. Ok, it is not the authentic Thai food you would find in Thailand. It is a bit more refined and the prices match that. For a lunch meeting we ordered an assortment of dishes and they were all very good. The Poo Phad Phong Kari:fried soft-shelled crab in yellow curry (28,000 won). Great with the egg in the sauce and the crabs were soft. I would have preferred a tad crispier but it was good. We also had the Som Tam: papaya salad (16,000 won). This was super spicy and had a nice sauce. Very refreshing but could have used a bit more fresh lime. The Neua Phad Nammanhoy: beef with asparagus (29,000) went fast and was good but I would have been happy with a tad more beef and asparagus and less onion. The goongyai pad Thai (18,000) was one of the better pad Thais I have had in Seoul. The noodles were perfectly al dente and the sauce was light and flavorful. Warning just watch out for the side of pepper flakes. They are hot and I am not a wimp when it comes to spice.
They didn't have a dessert menu so I went with the Vietnamese coffee. Not bad but I would have loved a mango and sticky rice.
2.5 Stars (out of 4 good Thai, stylish atmosphere)
Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea, 61-1 Mugyo-dong
http://m.google.com/u/m/x6WIwj (at 서울파이낸스센터 (Seoul Finance Center))