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Pancone: A Culinary Gem for Pasta Lovers in Seoul

My visit to Pancone (판코네) was a result of my intense craving for stuffed pasta. After searching for a delicious western restaurant using the keyword “양식맛집” (which translates to “delicious western restaurant”) on NAVER, I stumbled upon Pancone. It stood out as one of the best options, offering a variety of pasta dishes, including the dumpling-like agnolotti. Intrigued, I quickly made plans to visit Pancone in Yongsan. In this article, I will share my experience at Pancone and help you decide if it’s the right place to enjoy good western cuisine in Seoul.

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    Long Wait Time:

    Pancone is renowned for its expertise and is highly recommended in the Yongsan neighborhood. When Tun and I arrived at 7:45 PM on a Saturday, which was considered late for peak dining hours, we were surprised to find a one-hour wait for a table. I would advise making a reservation in advance to avoid any inconvenience.

    Couple-Friendly Atmosphere:

    Pancone is a cozy, warm, and inviting medium-sized restaurant. However, it primarily caters to couples, as most tables were set up for two people, with only a few tables accommodating larger groups. If you plan to visit with a larger party, be prepared for an extended wait time, especially during peak dinner hours.

    What’s on Pancone’s Menu:

    Pancone’s single-sheet menu boasts an extensive selection of dishes. Their main course options include two mouth-watering lamb steaks in different portion sizes and a tender beef steak. However, the highlight is their pasta section, which offers a wide range of options such as ragù, carbonara, vongole, casarecce arrabbiata, tagliolini, gnocchi, and agnolotti. Finding such a diverse selection of pasta dishes in one restaurant in Seoul is quite rare. Additionally, their appetizer list is equally impressive, featuring items like panzanella, trippa, baccalà, vitello tonnato, and prosciutto, which are not commonly found in Seoul. It’s worth noting that Pancone also offers a varied selection of wines and spritz cocktails.

    The Food:

    As I was specifically craving stuffed pasta, I opted for the agnolotti. Additionally, we ordered a small plate of lamb steak as our entree, and to satisfy my vegetable craving, I chose the cabbage dish from the appetizer section.

    The agnolotti was delicious, with its meaty aroma complementing the al dente texture of the pasta. Although the portion size was relatively small, I thoroughly enjoyed the dish.

    Pancone’s lamb steak exceeded my expectations. It had a mild lamb scent and was cooked to perfection, neither too well-done nor too rare. The tenderness and juiciness of the steak, combined with the accompanying mashed potatoes, created a delightful flavor experience. Each bite of the steak and mashed potato combination was heavenly, leaving a lasting impression.

    The cabbage appetizer was an unexpected surprise. Despite its unassuming appearance, the dish was incredibly delicious. It featured a cooked cabbage piece accompanied by horseradish cream and garnished with paprika seasoning.

    Is Pancone Worth a Visit?

    Given the flawless quality and taste of the food, it’s understandable that Pancone falls on the higher end of the price spectrum. However, if you’re looking to celebrate a special occasion and have a strong desire for fine western cuisine, a visit to Pancone can be a delightful experience.

    Getting to Pancone:

    Pancone is conveniently located within walking distance of Sinyongsan Station on Seoul Subway Line 4. Take exit number 1 and cross the road, continuing straight until you reach a 7/11 convenience store. From there, make a right onto Hangang-daero 40-gil (한강대로40길) road, and then take the third smaller street on your left. Pancone is situated just around the corner, adjacent to the Bongpiyang Korean cuisine restaurant (봉피양 용산점).

    Overall, my experience at Pancone was a culinary delight. From the extensive selection of pasta dishes to the perfectly cooked lamb steak and surprising appetizers, every bite was a testament to the restaurant’s commitment to quality and flavor. While the wait time and higher prices may be considerations, Pancone is undeniably a top choice for those seeking an exceptional western dining experience in Seoul. So, if you find yourself yearning for delectable stuffed pasta or craving a memorable meal, don’t hesitate to make a reservation at Pancone and indulge in the flavors that await you! 

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    Quick Info About Pancone:

    Address: 서울 용산구 한강대로40가길 7 풍양빌딩 1층 판코네
    Naver Map: Click Link
    Hours: 11:30AM~10:00PM (Everyday)
    Instagram: @panco ne_official

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