Deux Cremes and its specialty tarts embodies the essence of Garosu-gil, Apgujeong in which it's located - delicate, polished and very, very pretty. Perhaps too pretty. And wallet-crying-inducing.
[one_half padding="20px 0 0 0"][/one_half][one_half_last padding="20px 0 0 30px"]Deux Cremes specialises in tarts that are impeccably presented, almost too pretty to eat and will probably make your wallet cry (unless you belong to the demographic for whom $8 for a slice of tart doesn't cause a little bit of heartbreak). But it's worth it. Maybe you'll be like me and camwhore the hell out of your purchases to compensate - you've bought the right : P
The interiors are tastefully and elegantly furnished and there are several floors to the branch we went to - on a slightly warmer day, a verandah seat would be a perfect setting for quiet conversation while overlooking the street.
There is a huge selection of tarts on offer at Deux Cremes, though they are all in a standard slice (or bought as an entire tart). Your biggest dilemma is choosing just one (or two). Perhaps the best strategy is to visit and share tarts with lots of friends so you can sample your way through their entire menu.
The Maple Nut Tart earned a resounding tick of approval from both of us. I love tarts mostly because of their solid structure and also their solid crusts. I was definitely not disappointed by the crust at Deux Cremes - it had flaky layers, slightly reminiscent of a puff pastry but with a shortbread texture. The bottom layer of the tart was rich chocolate with coconut flakes, the middle layer was slightly spongy with chopped hazelnut pieces and the top layer was a frothy cream with a light maple flavour. The candided walnuts and seeds sprinkled up top added a bit of walnut bitterness and crunch to balance out the sweetness.
Sadly, the Cheese Custard and Fig Tart was not as enjoyable. The figs are definitely an acquired taste and we weren't sure if you were meant to eat the fig whole or only the red part (there was an unpleasant bitterness to the skin that suggested the latter). Either way, it's an awkward tart to eat. I have no idea where the 'cheese' part of the custard was supposed to come in because the filling just tasted like plain custard to me.
We also ordered the goguma (sweet potato) latte to drink with the tarts. It was super creamy, fragrant and thankfully not terribly sweet, though it got a little watery once you worked your way past the foam layer.