Yesterday popped into the OKitchen2 in Itaewon to check out their summer menu and was pleasantly surprised by some of their new additions.
First off was a brand new dish that only went on the menu yesterday: a tomato-watermelon gazpacho topped with something akin to a melba toast and a prawn. While the tomato watermelon combination may sound odd, it worked surprisingly well.The freshness of the tomato blended with the sweetness of the watermelon giving it a savoury edge and kept the dish from turning into a dessert.
Next up was a combination of salmon, eggs, capers and orange sauce served with a side salad stuffed with dill and fennel. The owner of OKitchen2 has his own farm about an hour away from Seoul where he grows all his own herbs and I think it's the first time I've tasted fennel in Korea. How I've missed it...
Then came duck pastrami with a bean salad. I've had the pastrami before and it's still of a very high standard.
I ordered a la carte today, simply so I could have the chance to try the home made sausage and orecchiette (18,000 won) and I was not disappointed. The herby homemade sausage is served in a soupy meaty sauce and topped with plenty of cheese. It tasted like it had come out of the kitchen of a true Italian Nonna.
The dessert was most definitely the star of the show. A slice of pecan pie topped with whipped cream, ice cream, nuts and chocolate sauce with a delicate tuile balanced on top, alongside a creamy, yet powerfully flavoured sesame mousse.
For previous mentions of the OKitchen2 see here and here.