I’ve just returned from a business trip to Singapore where my taste buds have been assaulted with a smorgasbord of fragrant spices and exotic flavours you don’t normally find outside of South East Asia. When in Rome, you do as the locals do and indulge in the black pepper crab, Hainanese chicken rice and Peranakan cuisine but coming back home it’s always good to go back to the basics and rebalance your palate with the simpler flavours.
My back to basics menu isn’t Korean cuisine which can be a little spicy and salty much like South East Asian food but consists of heaps of fruits, vegetables and grains prepared simply.
I like to think that the Farm to Table movement is picking up in Seoul although I haven’t found that many places that fit the bill but Cafe Able in Garosugil is one of those spots that juices and prepares their foods fresh.
Start off with the fresh juice, the Carrotple or the Able Vitamin (W9,000) which has a good combination of fruit and veg. Apparently you’re supposed to eat your fruit and juice your vegetables but let’s face it, it probably isn’t that tasty so by adding some fruit in the mix, you have something that’s healthy AND tasty.
The Mix Salad (W9,000) with Salmon (+W5,000) is pretty standard fare, a little overpriced for a salad to be honest as you can get better less pricey salads elsewhere but balances out the acidity of the quinoa tomato risotto (W16,000).
The airy space lets in plenty of light and reminds me a little of Three Blue Ducks in Sydney or ABC Kitchen in New York, both Farm to Table spots in two of my favourite cities. Cafe Able is known for its brunch and I’ve heard a lot of great things about the Eggs Benedict and French Toast so give it a go when you’re in the area especially if you want something simple and fresh!
2F 547-6 Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu
T: +82 2 3445 7335