There are many Italian restaurants splashed all over Seoul, but only a few get the food truly right. New Itaewon hideaway Bon Appetit does a decent job of preparing diverse pasta and steak dishes with an international flair, including kimchi fused into much of the menu by the Uzbek-Korean chef. The Mushroom Pesto Pasta was a hearty offering of mushrooms, black olives and garlic with a nice simplicity yet the right amount of kick and flavor made it a winner. The Seafood Rose Pasta, with just the right combination ratio of tomato and cream sauce to create that thick, tangy texture, was another indication that the chef knows good pasta. The Steak Set of the day was the Pork Chop which came out like a T-bone steak in a thick honey-based sauce that combined the juiciness and chewiness of the meat with the slightly sweet taste. Everything was simple, but executed well and never leaving you to feel something was missing. All this enjoyed as an affordable lunch set with salad, homemade soup, and yogurt or coffee.
Words by Jinsoo Margaret Kim and shot by Hugh lee
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