A good bakery is hard to find in this city. Things have certainly improved since I first arrived on these shores almost seven years ago, but there is still far too much faux cream and red bean for my liking. Living here so long, I’ve come to appreciate Korean baked goods for what they are but I still miss the goodies we are so used to finding in the European bakeries back home. So when I was invited to Brötchen 1552 in Seocho, it was nothing short of a miracle.
From the moment you walk in you can sense that this is no ordinary baked goods store. The first thing you’re greeted with is the most beautiful baked bread rolls or brotchen (1,500 – 2,000). There are at least 6 different brotchen available in all shapes and sizes and covered with all manner of seeds. Freshly baked every morning, they are not to be missed along with the traditional German pretzels.
As well as the fabulous pretzels and bread rolls, they also have the most amazing Danish pastries (3,800). Now I’ve eaten a lot of danish pastries in my time, but I don’t think I’ve ever had one that didn’t come from a supermarket or a hotel buffet breakfast which means they are more than likely to have been baked from frozen. These babies are on a whole other level of spectacularness. They are hand crafted by Chef Josef each and every morning and are so beautiful it almost makes me want to cry.
One of the specialities in Brotchen 1552 is the Nussecken (3,500). Nussecken is one of the most delightful German cookies. It has a shortbread base and then is topped with marmalade and a soft hazelnut dough, which is so moist it’s almost like a kind of brownie topping. They are then dipped into chocolate and cut into triangles. I have never seen these anywhere in Seoul before.
After a good browse around the store we picked out a few of our favourites and went outside to sit at one of their lovely tables out on the terrace. It was the perfect spot to enjoy some pastries, a good coffee and to watch the world go by.
The butter stuffed pretzel bread and strawberry danish were divine. And we couldn’t resist a slice of the apple strudel (4,800). I used to eat this all the time with custard when i was growing up, so it was a real treat to have one with hand made filo pastry.
Lastly it would have been a crime not to try some of the beautiful fresh desserts from the patisserie case. A cookie choux pastry filled with mocha cream was orgasmic; while the creamy lemon dessert as the end was as light as a cloud and a little piece of heaven and the cherry on top of a wonderful afternoon.
Brotchen 1552 is located at 1552-8 seocho-dong seocho-gu Seoul. To get there, take a train to Seocho Station (line 2) and come out of exit 2. Walk straight and take your first left after Starbucks. Walk straight for and you will see Brotchen 1552 just ahead of you on the left hand side. For more information you can call them on 02-585-1589 or check out their facebook page.