Seoul Foodie Find: Libertine


Words by Jayne Pellegrino
Shots by Sharon Heit


When we walked into the sleek and intimate interior of Libertine, we immediately felt like our surroundings had been transcended. Classy but not pretentious, timeless over trendy, the vibe encompassed us warmly. The menu is inventive yet relatable, with quality and passion being the dominating factors as one beautifully executed dish after another was placed before us. Starter highlights include the Beet and Orange Salad with its earthy notes which was complemented nicely with bright bursts of citrus and pillowy dollops of creamy ricotta and house made caraway crackers. The Niçoise Salad quickly became the crowd favorite. In this humble bowl, we found something for everyone amongst the pile of fresh vegetables and sashimi grade tuna, tied together by a delicious mustard vinaigrette and laid on a bed of bibb lettuce. Next came the charcuterie board, another home run, and an array of craft cocktails adorned with hand carved spheres of ice and carefully placed garnishes. You can really start to taste the love of their craft in all the small details. On your visit be sure to order one (or both!) of the pastas which will quickly become a table debate as to which is superior to the other. Either way, you truly can’t go wrong. Libertine is a significant factor in making Itaewon a destination whether for an evening of dining or a well-crafted cocktail. The warm and friendly service of the staff makes this a home away from home.
112-3 Bogwangro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
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[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’]×96.jpg[/author_image] [author_info]Sharon Heit is a regular collaborator for and photo contributor for Land of Gazillion Adoptees. View her digital and film portfolio at and[/author_info] [/author]