I like Toque
Hangangjin station, exit 3. Miyoung and I went there last night for their Valentine’s Day Dinner. The theme was strawberries and chocolate, so every dish contained one or both ingredients. We had batter-fried strawberries in yogurt, dried strawberries, grilled strawberries, pureed strawberries, strawberry salad, chocolate balsamic sauce, chocolate wine sauce, chocolate cake, chocolate covered strawberries, and I think there was a Choco Taco in there.
The highlights of the meal for me were an amazing scallop, the likes of which I have never had before, a red pepper strawberry soup, and duck with the aforementioned chocolate balsamic sauce. The scallop was served lukewarm and (I think) braised but pretty much raw, but the texture of it was perfect. The scallops I grew up eating seemed brutally overcooked in comparison.
The red pepper strawberry soup had a strong red pepper flavor but wasn’t at all spicy, and the strawberry mixed well with it. It was served with dried strawberry slices and fresh-made sweet potato chips. It was a very Korean mix and the strawberry made it for me.
The chocolate balsamic sauce on the duck was delicious, and the duck was firm almost to the point of chewiness and very flavorful. A good match, for sure. The only shortcoming was that it came with a sweet potato croquette. Unfortunately that’s one of Miyoung’s specialties, and hers are better. I guess you can’t win them all.
The whole meal, from start to finish, was a real treat and we will definitely be going back to Toque in the future. I just hope that that red pepper strawberry soup makes it into their menu by the time we do. That stuff was dynomite.