As I was walking back to the subway station from my ill-fated attempt to eat at Taco Rico, I spotted this little cafe called il Cacao. I decided even after my big disappointment and frustration, I should treat myself to some chocolate. Was I in for a surprise. Many places in Korea use “French,” “Spanish,” and “Italian” words/phrases to give their store/shop more of a sense of luxuary. However, il Cacao is properly named.
It’s extremely tiny, there are only three tables on the upstairs balcony, room for eight people total. The downstairs is filled with chocolates of all different types, amounts of cocoa, sizes, etc. The chocolate is a bit pricey: 4 chocolates for 10,000won but they’re so delicious and yummy.
I had the Hot Chocolate Set, which for 12,500 won you get real cocoa (like the kind you usually find in Europe) and two pieces of chocolate, your choice. After much deliberation, I decided on a chocolate dusted dark chocolate praline and a white chocolate covered strawberry. The praline was in two words: chocolate sin.
DIRECTIONS: Take exit 8 out of Gangnam station. Walk straight. Turn left at the GS25. Follow the road straight. il Cacao will be on your right after the intersection.