[SEOUL] Mullae, shown in one of the scenes in Avengers 2, is located on the south-western side of Yeouido and was home to many small scale steel factories in the 1970s.
But many had shifted out of the area for alternative areas with cheaper rents during the financial crisis in the late 90s, leaving behind empty factories which were taken over by artists and cafe owners in the recent years.
Pont has a total of 3 branches, 2 in Mullae-dong and one in Yongsan, the former includes their roastery site and a dine-in cafe space.
Taking over the space previously occupied by a railway office in the 1940s, with a former railway depot nearby, Pont occupies 5 factory units with a cafe, roastery, retail showroom and seminar space under the same roof.
Named as Pont, the French word for ‘bridge’, the owner wants to connect people over a cup of coffee.
The main entrance was the highlight, with a retail display area and a curved coffee bar under the partially exposed 3 metres-tall rough and old ceiling.
There is a contrast in textures between the first storey and the exposed ceiling, with sunlight passing through the various window sizes that creates a harmonious spatial arrangement.
The curved coffee bar extends all the way from the entrance to the dine in area, welcoming guests by connecting the five factory units.
Inside, the orange-toned interior space using plywood, terracotta tiles and plaster walls, symbolises their bright and warm services.
As a coffee roastery themselves, Pont focuses on their Single Origin Filtered Coffee such as the 2021 Guatemala C.O.E #4 La Reforma Geisha Washed (KRW 9000, SGD$10), Ethiopia Guji Hambela Alaska Washed/ Natural (KRW 6000, SGD$6.70) and Honduras El Puente Washed (KRW 5500, SGD$6.20).
Each cup of Filtered Coffee comes with a description card in English and Korean, giving guests some background information on the cup.
The 2021 Guatemala C.O.E #4 La Reforma Geisha Washed (KRW 9000, SGD$10) has a clean finish, with complex floral notes, coupled with hints of tea and acidic notes of Mandarin and Lime.
Espresso-based coffee includes the usual Black (KRW 4500, SGD$5) and White (KRW 5000, SGD5.60) with a chocolatey and nutty finish.
The bakes are all displayed along the curved coffee bar, with options such as Canele (KRW 3500, SGD$4), Cheese Scone (KRW 3500, SGD$4), Choco Twist (KRW 4000, SGD$4.50), Apple Pie (KRW 5500, SGD$6.20), Kouign Amann (KRW 4000, SGD$4.50) and Choco Palmier (KRW 4500, SGD$5).
The Choco Palmier (KRW 4500, SGD$5) was my favourite, with a crispy and buttery puff pastry, dipped in hot chocolate sauce the the extra indulgence.
The Apple Pie (KRW 5500, SGD$6.20) has a generous amount of apple cubes in it, even though the pastry crust is tad dry.
The Canele (KRW 3500, SGD$4) is well executed, chewy on the outside with a moist custardy vanilla taste within.
Pont Cafe 폰트
33-4, Mullae-dong 2-ga, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul
Opening Hours: 12pm – 9pm (Mon – Sun)
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* Written by Nicholas Tan @stormscape who loves all things [NEW]. DFD paid for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.