Mon Chouchou is a Japanese bakery that opened up a flagship store and cafe in Seoul. Previously, you could only find their pastries in select department stores.
The space is cute and decorated with chandeliers, pretty wallpaper, and comfortable armchairs. They serve afternoon tea, but a lot of sweets can be found on the menu so it works as a cafe more than a setting just for afternoon tea so the place is casual.
My friends and I were the only ones there so the service was nice and friendly.
TEA & TEA SELECTION: ★★★★☆
The tea selection had only a few choices, but they did have a house specialty, the Royal Milk Tea which I enjoyed.
The best part of the tea was the teaware, which was simply adorable and dainty. White porcelain matching teacup and teapot with a lovely gold tea strainer. I thought the rock sugar stick was a cute touch.
The bottom tray held the savories and a scone. The savories were just ok — unmemorable and looked messy. They were not the easiest to eat since pieces were falling out at each bite.
There was just one scone and the tiny portion size was good, but that was also just ok.
Mon Chouchou is known for their sweets and the sweets course was definitely the highlight of this afternoon tea. A nice variety, including a mini crepe pouch filled with their custom cream blend, and a slice of their famous roll cake which was fluffy and light.
The afternoon tea was just around $20, which is a fantastic price for afternoon tea, but since the first two courses were weak, I would suggest ordering tea and sweets a la carte.
INFO: Mon Chouchou | 524-36 Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu | Seoul, South Korea | +82.2.3445.6054
AFTERNOON TEA HOURS: Daily, 11AM – 10PM