I met up with Mika recently to celebrate her. She picked Le Blanseu a cute “home-style French restaurant” that can be found in the cute neighborhood of Ikseon-dong which is a short walk from Jongro-3 ga station. The area was insanely crowded but we were able to sit and have a nice lunch without too much difficulty.
Mika wanted to try a lot of different things so we ordered the steamed blue cheese mussels (16,000 won), potato gratin (12,000won) and two pastas. She ordered an egg cream pasta that seems to have taken the place of an anchovy and oyster pasta on the menu. (16,000 won)
I ordered the beef ragu with pappardelle (16,000 won). We were asked whether we wanted thick or thin noodles. I went with thick while Mika went with thin. Our food came at odd intervals. Our appetizers coming last.
I liked my pasta, it wasn’t overly meaty and it had a decent amount of cheese, though I could’ve used more. (There’s never enough cheese) There also wasn’t a ton of individual noodles, they were just so big that it seemed like there were a lot. Mika ended up with a somewhat plain but surprisingly meaty pasta. It came with mushrooms which she doesn’t like so I ate. She’d though based off its title that it was vegetarian.
The potato gratin was fine, plain really and not something I’d have spent 12,000 won on. The mussels made sense to me price wise since cheese beyond cheddar isn’t easily found in Korea. I tried one but I’m really not a huge fan of shellfish. I enjoyed dipping the french fries that came with the mussels into the blue cheese sauce which was nice. We also ordered drinks. Mika got some house white wine and I ordered an apple mint mojito, it was a bit stronger than I’d hoped but it was good. I also could’ve gotten it without alcohol, but we were toasting to Mika’s engagement, finishing her teaching contract, and passing a Korean test.
Le Blanseu is open Tuesday-Sunday for lunch (11:30-3:30 pm) and dinner with a varying schedule depending on the day. Tuesday through Friday they’re open from 5:00pm to 10:00pm. Saturday dinner ends at 10:30 while on Sunday’s it ends at 9:30. They’re closed on Mondays. It’s very cute and gives off a nice homey feel.