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“Great fresh bread, sub-par menu items”
Review of The Baker's Table

The Baker's Table
Ranked #13 of 322 Bakeries in Seoul
Cuisines: European
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Dining options: Breakfast
Neighborhood: Itaewon
Reviewed January 21, 2014

I went to The Baker's Table roughly 5 times now. Each time, it was with a friend and we shared each others' orders to sample more of the menu options.

The food:
The sandwiches are impressive at first glance. I ordered some spicy chicken thing, and I thought "Hey, not bad for 9500 won." But then I took off the top heap of bread and noticed the following: a small slice of lettuce, two paltry pieces of chicken and a half-slice of tomato.
- That's kind of how the entire menu works at Baker's Table: Impressive on first impression, but once you start to "dig in", the glamor is gone and reality hits... this place isn't that great.
My friend's sandwich was kind of the same. She wasn't that impressed but ate it anyway.
I also tried their "famous" sausage dish, which was heartily slathered in ketchup. I was not impressed in the least and tried wiping away most of the red goo to eat the sausage. Their frozen potato wedges taste good, though.
Neither was I a fan of the expensive schnitzel. For about 15,000w you get a decent slab of boneless meat. It was improperly breaded - like a sad novice trying to cook his/her first chicken katsu or something - and it was so dry that I couldn't eat more than one bite. I was starving at that point, though, so in my determination I actually applied lots and lots of ketchup. And I'm not really a fan of ketchup. It helped me down the dish, at least. I was getting this meal no matter what!
The soups: I tried the tomato, cream of potato, cream of broccoli soups. Each of these are not too shabby. They are "good", but when you're that close to "great" it only takes minimal effort. It didn't have any personality or flare that pushed it over the edge. And that's too bad. Soooo close!

Interior/seating:
The service isn't that good, and it's always crowded. I don't mind the less than average wait staff, but what DOES get to me is that if you want water, you have to pour your own. Fine. The problem is, it's behind a giant espresso stand, which is behind 6 seats' worth of tables, next to the bread stand. With six people sitting in the the path to the bread stand, two people looking at breads, you can have quite a struggle to get by the espresso stand for a cup of water... I find this to be way more work than it should be.

Conclusion:
Once again, I go against the grain when it comes to a popular restaurant. If the dishes were 2,000-5,000 won cheaper I wouldn't mind so much. Especially because they make their own bread, so there's bound to be nearly zero cost for the bread on their sandwiches. They charge WAY TOO MUCH for what you get. I don't plan on ever going back, but I don't think they care at all; the place is always packed with people who seem to find something about this place worth going to.
With that said, try it out: Your Mileage May Vary and a new fan may be born. But tell me - if you do go - think about the POTENTIAL for greatness that they come so close to achieving.

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Reviewed November 3, 2013

This place is fantastic! I always bake my own bread back home, and I love making and experimenting with baked goods, but since I have been in South Korea I do not have access to an oven, so I cannot bake my own, and all of the baked goods I encounter are overloaded with sugar to satisfy the sweet tooth of the majority. (By the way, anyone who considers Paris Baguette or Tour Le Jours a real bakery will not find this review helpful.)

I smelled Bakers Table before I even hit it...although I was lost for a about 30 minutes, walking around it in circles probably, but the aroma was still there! Its a super small, quaint cafe. Few places to sit, the bakery is overwhelmed by colorful breads, grains, teas, and other goodies foreign to South Korea. Ciabatta, ryes, wheats...hearty nutty colorful breads essential to any meal. I was elated! Along with the baked goodies, they have a small menu, with great variety, and affordable prices! Light flavorful soups, great sandwiches and salads. I ordered a tomato and mozzarella sandwich, with pesto. Yeah, it was as good as it sounds. Firm green tomatoes, fresh thick cut mozzarella, tangy, but not overwhelming pesto with some red leaf lettuce, and surprisingly, some paper thin cut sweet onions, which I didnt think I would like, but did, between nice firm dusty ciabatta bread. Damn, it was good. I ordered a side of tomato soup, which was cream based, but not thick and filling. Perfect dip for a great sandwich.

The staff was personable, smiled, and were friendly and patient. Big plus in my book. The location was lovely as well. Hearing the chatting and laughter amongst those walking up and down the street, the cars whizzing up and down the road, the metal against metal in the kitchen...its comforting to me. Maybe noisy for some, but I dig it. As far as the bread, I wasnt looking for anything in particular, I just picked up whatever caught my eye. I ended up getting a "bretzel", which I had never even heard of before I got here, but bought a few small ones, and some olive bread. Breads and other things for sale are self serve as well. I havent tried either, but I bet they will be fabulous. Honestly, a place with such a great vibe, fresh bread made with the basic ingredients, a nice tight but diverse menu, along with a A+ staff is always a place I will return too. Even if the bread wasnt the best Ive ever had, I still enjoy the atmosphere, the food, the staff and the diversity. If in the Itaewon area, its a definite MUST VISIT.

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Thank Reggaerocker
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Reviewed August 8, 2013

I haven't eaten a meal at Baker's Table yet, but I love their bread. If you are looking for really good bread, this is a very good choice. The sell by the loaf and will slice it if you wish.

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Thank ColinCas
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Reviewed September 28, 2012

Their Fisherman sandwich is scrumptious, and their soups are also amazing. Their breakfasts are also worth getting out of bed for (they serve breakfast until 1pm). You can order take out as well. It's pretty tiny and sitting outside can be someone stressful (right on the main road, so lots of traffic roaring by at all hours of the day) but the food is worth it. They also serve Smithicks on tap, which made my Irish boyfriend very happy.

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