Tapas de la noche: The Tapas

by Sonia Hensley, Photo by Ryu Seunghoo
Korea Tourism Organization

For tapas without the price tag, or a way to introduce Spanish finger food to a picky companion, check out The Tapas, a casual-fusion café on the quieter, western side of Hongdae Station. The quirky flag-themed decor, barstool-lined tables and outdoor terrace during the warmer months make this venue an easy choice for a casual date or a sangria-fueled gossip session with friends.

The food at The Tapas is also surprisingly filling. Chef Park Jiyoun's history as a fusion Japanese restauranteur in Tokyo accounts for the adventurous updates to dishes such as the salmon y queso crema, which is trimmed with sweet honey, or the ensalada de pasta, which switches pesto for fresh perilla sauce and almonds. It also explains the enormous portions; everything is sized up to accommodate Korean expectations of anju, or Korean bar food, the chef explained.

One other adjustment is the cost. The generous cold dishes start at the welcome sum of KRW 3,500, and the hot dishes such as gambas begin at KRW 8,000. The peppery wines are KRW 5,000-6,000 a glass - a rare find in pricey Seoul.

The Tapas

Address: 152-4 Deunggyo-dong, Mapo-gu
Take Exit 3 of Hongdae Station and walk straight for four short blocks. The Tapas will be on your left.
TEL: 02-333-3535
Open: 6 PM-2 AM (Closed Mondays)
Website: blog.naver.com/thetapas

Korea Tourism Organization

The article courtesy of Seoul magazine

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