It’s not very often that I leave Seoul, especially in regards to restaurant reviews but as I work on the same line I decided to make an exception for Lagniappe. Owner Yuni contacted me and invited me to come and try her New Orleans style restaurant in Bundang. Now I know virtually nothing about New Orleans cuisine other than the fact they apparently have the worlds best beignets. So I went in with an open heart and an empty belly ready to try something new.
The restaurant is located on the corner of a large mall building making it half inside and half out. It was a beautiful sunny afternoon and it was the great spot to eat and enjoy the weather. As we sat down and enjoyed a refreshing ice tea we glanced over the menu and found like the city it was split into three sections, French Quarter specializing in Cajun fare, West Bank concentrating of Vietnamese, and East Bank flavours from Mexico. Chef and owner Yuni said she just wanted to make the food she wanted to eat and had missed eating from growing up in New Orleans.
We decided to order a medley of treats to try, and first out was the Chicken Salad with Ranch Dressing (10,900). I love chicken salad, and this one was a real delight. The chicken had a lovely slightly spicy flavour which was a great pairing with the zingy dressing. The shredded taco strips added a crunchy texture and pieces of bacon a nice salty. overall I was very happy with this indeed, and wouldn’t hesitate to try it again.
Next out was the Seafood Gumbo (6,900). A stew made of shrimp, sausage, crab meat and chicken, served with rice and freshly baked French bread. I haven’t tried this before so have no frame of reference as to what it should taste like but I thought it was pleasant enough, though I think I expected it to be spicier and saltier. There were plenty of shell fish, and chunks of meat throughout, and the stew like texture was very comforting. Though I could imagine it being more popular in the cooler months.
After the gumbo we moved on to the Vietnamese side of the menu, which I’m more familiar with. We opted for the Chicken Bahn Mi (7,900) which was on another one of their beautiful house baked rolls, and was stuffed with marinated chicken, cilantro, shredded carrot and pickled daikon. I’ve yet to find a bahn mi in this country that has the duck pate inside of it which I think it paramount for a truly great sandwich but overall this one was pretty great, especially for the price.
After the Vietnamese it was time for the Beef Taquitos (7,900). I liked these a lot, the crunchy shells were wrapped around plenty of of tasty shredded beef. On the side was a pot of cilantro coleslaw which I enjoyed just as much. I’d be very interested to see how the rest of Mexican food tasted.
To round off the meal we were given a Vietnamese coffee (5,000), some freshly fried Beignets (5,000). The ice coffee was the ideal way to end the meal and I can never resist any kind of freshly fried sweet treat. Again I’m not super familiar to these but I thought them delicious. We were also given the best cinnamon bun (3,500) I have ever had in my life! The frosting came on the side as she said Korean customers prefer to dip, but she usually frosts them for her foreign customers. Man was I in love with this, and I’ve never been that much of a fan them. The cream cheese frosting was everything, it was so good I probably would have licked it off the floor. While the bun itself was soft and squidgy and filled with just enough of the sweet and yummy cinnamon filling to give it some depth without going to far.
Overall we had a great meal at Lagniappe, and I was happy to see that my Korean coworkers enjoyed it just as much as I did. I can’t attest to how authentic the flavours are to the New Orleans style of cooking but everything we had was freshly made and tasted great, which is good enough for me. I’m sure to the people of Bundang, Lagniappe is going to be an absolute godsend.
Lagniappe is located at 121 Jeongjail-ro, Bundang-gu, Seongnam. To get there take a train to Jeongja Station (red line) and come out of exit 3. Walk straight then turn right once you reach the road, walk straight for three blocks then turn left when you reach the big main road. Walk straight along this road until you see the shopping center on the right hand side. For more information you can call them on 070-4214-5791 or check out their facebook page. Lagniappe is open Tuesday – Sunday 11am – 9:30pm.