One of my favorite things to do in Seoul is to scope out a new spot for brunch. Living in Korea has a tendency to really make me crave an American breakfast, and it is a little hard to find in Busan unless you plan on cooking a brunch feast yourself. Many of the restaurants in Seoul offer a brunch menu, and after a weekend vacation, brunch really hits the spot.
Sneak peak at the food to come
I was staying the weekend in the Hongik University area, and had heard there was a Coco Bruni, which is a fantastic chain brunch and breakfast bakery. However, upon our arrival we discovered that the location in Hongdae was strictly the bakery version. While they offered some amazing slices of cake, including a particularly appetizing Earl Gray slice, they had no breakfast dishes, and so we had to look elsewhere. While wandering around found we found Team 1994, they had a large sign advertising brunch, complete with pictures! This definitely helps with ordering if you have a hard time to pick and choose.
And a free dessert!
There were many items to choose from, as both a regular lunch and brunch were offered. They offered a classic Korean "Omelet Rice," perfect for hangovers, among an Egg Sandwich, Panini, and some other pastas. Most of us went straight for the Egg Sandwich (pictured above) as it included bacon and looked awesome. If you are feeling adventurous you can try the "Smurfs" dish, which was an interesting pasta with bread baked over it like a hat. Regardless of your choice, you are left with a yogurt to top it all off. That's always one of the best things about living in Korea, freebies and great service!
Sneak peek into another room of the restaurant
All the meals included freshly baked bread, a soup, and some frozen yogurt for dessert. Brunch dishes were all under 12,000 won ($12 USD) and the Egg Sandwich was only 8,000! All in all, it was incredibly satisfying and the atmosphere was very peaceful. The wait staff all wore adorable hats and were extremely friendly and accommodating. I would definitely go again!
Last glance back before leaving this haven
To find Team 1994, leave Hongik University station from Exit 9, make a left onto the busy street and then your first right. It will be on the right and is on the second floor. In addition to a brunch spot, it would also be an amazing place for dinner! They offer pastas and steaks, and you still get free frozen yogurt after the meal. See you there!
After graduating from Emerson College with a BA in Writing, Literature, and Publishing, Ariel Rosen looked back on the semester she spent traveling around Europe and decided she must explore Asia. Her teaching job with ChungDahm April in Busan allows her to experience South Korea firsthand and with the enthusiasm of all the children she teaches. She is overjoyed to share a class with them and finds herself learning more from them and the bright beach city around her everyday.
Read Ariel’s blog here: http://arieldrosen.wordpress.com/