We weren’t suppose to go to The Baker’s Table. CY and I originally were going to try out the new Romanian restaurant in HBC called Dracula’s Lounge but it was closed for lunch, so we decided to head to The Baker’s Table across the bridge in Gyeongridan. As it turns out, as I was digging into one of the biggest pieces of schnitzel I have ever eaten, we made the right choice.
How to get there: The easiest way to get to The Baker’s Table is to take the subway to Noksapyeong Station (Line 6) and depart from Exit 2. From there, like so many times before, you will walk down the hill with the army base on your left to the bridge. Cross the bridge and make a quick left, The Baker’s Table is right there.
Atmosphere and Service: It doesn’t look like much from the outside, but when you walk into The Baker’s Table, your nose is instantly filled with the warm smells of bread and various baked goods coming from the kitchen. It has a homey feel to it, as though you’ve wandered into Aunt Helga’s cottage in Southern Bavaria. The chalkboard menu is a nice touch, and the wines, cooking oils and jams aligned on the walls give it that European touch.
The service was nothing to write home about, but at the same time, it wasn’t bad either. We were actually stuck at a small table, which was covered with various magazines. We had to move them, which was a little annoying. However, the server came over quickly and took our orders, and within a few minutes our food was served. Eventually, another table opened up and moved there without a hassle.
Food and Drinks: CY and I ordered the German Schnitzel, The Fisherman, two Cokes and a coffee. There is also German beer on tap (Bitburger) if you really feel like pulling on your lederhosen. Breakfast was tempting, but at 1pm, I was ready for some meat.
The Schnitzel (14,500KRW): Not like my grandma used to make, but not the worst schnitzel I’ve eaten either. Considering we are 5,000km from Munich, I felt pretty satisfied with the quality of the schnitzel. First, the freaking thing is huge. This GI came up to me as the server was setting down my plate and said, “Damn! That is a big piece of schnitzel!” Yes sir! It easily consumed half of the plate, and the other half had seasoned potato wedges. It was served with a mustard for dipping. There were a few qualms with the schnitzel however. First, it was a little burnt. Nothing to ruin the flavor, but still noticeable. Second, the pork inside was a little fatty and often tough to chew. This was not true for the whole schnitzel, but damn, I had to cut hard through some of the fat. Overall, it was a good dish and made me miss my grandma. Sentimental review is sentimental.
The Fisherman (10,500KRW): CY ordered the Fisherman. The Fisherman comes on a baguette with fried cod and topped with cilantro jam. The following review are his words. The Fisherman was quite good. The fish was pan fried and nicely tender, which paired nicely with the slight sweetness of the cilantro jam. The baguette was fresh of course, considering it came from the bakery. I’ve had it before and I’ll have it again.
Value: The whole lunch came out to approximately 31,000KRW. A good value considering the portions and the quality of ingredients. I really want to try their brunch and compare it to some of the other places around town. Anytime you can have a great lunch for around 30,000KRW, its a good place. I would recommend this place. Let me know how their breakfast is and leave a comment below.
Who Should Visit The Baker’s Table: If you are looking for a little taste of Deutschland this is a place you should try. Also, The Baker’s Table had some excellent selections of breads and pastries. Give it a try.
Who Should Avoid The Baker’s Table: It was a little small and can get packed in a hurry. I would avoid this place if you have a large party. Also, the prices might be a little steep for food for some budget travelers. There are tons of cheaper options in Itaewon and in HBC for breakfast.