[eat] Best brunch I’ve ever had in Seoul: London Tea @ Apgujeong, Seoul

If I had a wish list of where I want to go before I leave Korea, London Tea must have been there a long long time ago, right on the top of the list. For a person who’d never stepped a foot through London Tea’s door, I sure knew a lot about the place. I knew it’s a pretty popular brunch house, it’s too tiny to be a restaurant, it definitely serves tea because half its name contains the word and most importantly nobody goes home disappointed with their decision of visiting there.  Therefore I decided that it was high time I stopped procrastinating and checked the place out. London Tea, however, went beyond my expectation and it has so far given me the most pleasant experience of eating out in Korea.

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[eat] Brunch at Tartine Bakery & Pie cafe @ Itaewon, Seoul

Noone passes by Tartine without pausing for a little while and taking a brief moment to just stand there and admire the gorgeous little pies stored on the glass shelves inside the bakery shop. It doesn’t help either that the shops themselves are so visually pleasing with the bright yellow painted exterior and the cozy look derived from the lights inside. As I am always in a constant dire need of sweet treats, needless to say the sudden encounter with Tartine left me reeling with joy. Unfortunately, the trip to Tartine had to make me lie down and think about the decisions I’d made. Tartine was nothing but a disappointment.

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[eat] Lunch at Team 1994 @ Hongdae, Seoul

*Words by LaCrymaMosa; photos by Han K Ngo & LaCrymaMosa*

As I was looking for a lunch/brunch place in Hongdae on Naver blogs, I came across Team 1994 and was immediately wowed by how pretty it looked in the pictures. Vain as I am, I simply had to check it out right away. The food itself didn’t look that good in the pictures, but I thought that the interior would make up for any possible subdued flavors.

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[eat] Brunch at Butterfinger Pancakes @ Apgujeong, Seoul

Just when I thought that my Gangnam food-quest would temporarily stop at The fish roe soup, it actually had just begun. Being constantly tired from working in the suffocating and excruciating heat of Seoul made me crave a nice brunch shared with a buddy in a nicely air-conditioned place. Hastily finished my work like a good white-collar slave, I immediately hopped on the train to Apgujeong for some gastronomic self-pappering.

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[eat] Wonderful Buttermilk pancakes & Eggs Benedict at Honey Bowl @ Hongdae, Seoul

Eggs Benedict is no longer a novelty in Korean brunch restaurants, Itaewon/Noksapyeong is no longer the one and only destination should you crave this American specialty. But, of course, quantity rarely speaks for quality; it is often the case that the poached eggs are either too runny or too hard, Hollandaise sauce too sour or salty. At Honey Bowl–a tiny yet whimsically designed restaurant with all-day brunch on offer, we had the chance to try one of the best Eggs Benedict in town.

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[eat] Eggs Benedict at T.G. Brunch Cafe & Mushroom Burger at Jacoby’s Burger @ Noksapyeong, Seoul

If my friends ask for a good brunch spot, I usually recommend T.G. Brunch Cafe in Noksapyeong. They have a decent range of options for brunch which is on offer all day. The cafe is small and has a casual, friendly atmosphere, and is located in the quieter neighborhood of Noksapyeong.

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[cafe] The sleek Chloris Tea & Coffee @ Hongdae, Seoul

As promised, this is a review of Chloris Tea & Coffee Hongdae branch. Though I have reviewed Chloris Salon de Thé and Chloris Tea Garden some time ago, actually Chloris Tea & Coffee in Hongdae was the first Chloris branch I ever went to, and it immediately became my no.1 cafe in Hongdae. It is spacious, beautiful, and elegant. The menu, though not heavy on tea like its two Sinchon counterparts, is full of nice looking items, which do taste very good.

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