The Saveurs de Coree team has opened a Korean retail shop that adjoins a courtyard restaurant it will launch within two weeks just off Nanluoguxiang proper. The shop is called Seoul Express and stocks instant noodles, power drink Bacchus-F, candies, frozen treats, juices, spaghetti sauce, even green tea noodles, among other items. (Seoul Express — 6401-6083 — is at 20 Ju’er Hutong. If you are at Reef Bar, walk south, turn left at the first corner, and you will soon be there.)
More exciting is the new Saveurs de Coree, just a hop, skip and jump from where the original restaurant stood on Nanluoguxiang, which was among the first to open in that area. The layout includes a courtyard as well as three dining rooms that seat six to thirty people at tables of two to four. The decor includes traditional and modern touches, in both the furniture and art, and exposed roof beams. (It reminds me of an airier version of some tea shops found in Insadong in Seoul.) Co-owner King Tai says the menu will feature stews, snacks and other fare from the original, as distinct from the current Saveurs de Coree, another hop, skip and jump to just off Jiaodaokou South Street, which is focused on barbecue, although it does a mean cinnamon and maple syrup pancake.
I’ll have some photos of the new restaurant up shortly…