Over the weekend we had some appointments are errands to run in Seoul, so we made an entire day of it and met up with some of our very good friends.
We took them to a small cozy French café and bistro, Côte Jardin, located off and away from the main street in Itaewon.
This was the second time we have dined at the bistro and what brought us back was the romantic yet casual vibe, the very attentive staff (each visit the management has struck up a conversation with us and you can just feel their passion for their customers and business) and of course the delicious French cuisine!
On this trip, Ms. B ordered the burger for the second time, not a typical move on her part. The rest of the table was so convinced with her past experience, wouldn’t you know that they too followed suit. (Eek! Pressure was on!)
Yes, we DO realize that not many people would associate the French cuisine with a “burger”, but to us, this bistro certainly trophied the burger points on the scorecard for the French! They made their country proud!
So the burger… It was a bit different from the first time we had visited, however the basis of the burger, a mixture of lamb and beef combination, still shone through with its distinctive taste.
The first burger featured mushrooms, beet root, and bechamel cheese very creatively. (Photo on Instagram)
This time the burger was a bit more traditional with a nice cut of bacon, fresh lettuce, tomato, onion, topped with ground mustard sauce, and cheese. Délicieux!
This was the second time that we ordered the French onion soup as well. Mmmmmm… One can never go wrong on a very cold day with slowly cooked, caramelised onions that are both mellow and sweet in the perfect broth, topped off with a crusty bread and thick melted cheese.
Côte Jardin is the quintessential combination of offering a fantastic menu, paired with excellent wines, a caring staff, affordable prices and a personal, inviting, charming environment.
Address: 131-23 Itaewon Yongsan-gu, Seoul