A few weeks ago I was invited to a press event at Made restaurant in Sinsa. The Italian American restaurant fed us until we were stuffed beyond our wildest dreams. We pretty much made our way through the whole menu, meatballs, fried chicken & biscuits, eggplant Parmigiana, Caesar salad, tiramisu, and apple and caramel bread pudding.
So after such a lovely meal I couldn’t resist going back to try their brunch. Going to brunch is one of my favourite weekend pastimes, and the lovely light and airy restaurant with it’s semi outdoor seating seemed like the perfect setting in which to enjoy it.
To kick the brunch off we had to do cocktails. I had the sangria (5,500) while my first companion had the blood orange mimosa (8,000). My second companion was too hungover to enjoy a beverage of an alcoholic nature so he just stuck with water. The sangria was on as a special so it was exceptionally cheap. It was pretty good, perhaps a touch more fruit would have been nice but excellent for the price. I also enjoyed the blood orange mimosa though my friend thought it was a touch sweet. However it didn’t stop her ordering a second one so it couldn’t have been that bad.
While we were waiting for our food we were brought the complimentary garlic bread and arancini. I remember the garlic bread from the meal and was dying to eat it again. Baked on the premises, it is spectacularly good, crispy on top, soft in the middle and full of garlicy flavour. I thought the mushroom arancini to be incredibly cute, they were stuffed with a little bit of cheese, they had a nice texture but were a touch on the bland side without a dipping sauce.
For my main course I had to try the Eggs Benedict (16,000). There are three offerings, one with avocado, one with prosciutto, and one with salmon. Since they were out of avocado I went for the prosciutto. Two well poached eggs on top of lots of salty prosciutto, I enjoyed this a lot, and it was practically gone in minutes. The flavour of hollandaise was just right, and had a nice hint of citrus which was well balanced against the rich butteriness of the sauce. There was a a side of rocket(arugula) to round out the meal. All in all a good eggs benedict.
We also ordered the Baked Eggs (18,000) The basic baked eggs with marinara sauce was 12,000 but we added two meat balls for an extra 6,000. This was a cheese lovers dream. Two eggs cooked in a marinara sauce topped with lashings of cheese. The sauce itself was wonderfully clean, you could really taste the freshness of the tomatoes, and despite it being covered in cheese and coming with a slice of garlic bread it still seemed like a healthy option.
The last dish we ordered was the Caramelized Onion Fritata Sandwich (12,000) This was actually a nice amount of food for the price, a small caesar salad on the side and lovely hearty sandwich. I was given a bite of the sandwich and it was absolutely delicious, which I have no doubt was down to those glorious caramelised onions. I’d certainly consider ordering this next time if I wasn’t in the mood for Eggs Benedict.
With our second round of mimosas came a complementary Bacon & Egg Biscuit. Similar to the fried chicken one I had eaten at dinner, this one was topped with bacon, egg, cheese, and chili jam. If you are looking for a proper artery clogging American breakfast then this is it my friends. I’m not usually one for American biscuits but figured it would be rude to not give it a try and I have to say it was pretty good. The cheese definitely helped combat the dry clagginess of the biscuits and the chili jam really punched it up a bit.
Overall I was very happy with our brunch at Made, it was a nice change to get out of Itaewon, and to have a wander round Sinsa afterwards. It was surprisingly quiet for a Sunday, probably because everyone was in Itaewon. Made also has the added bonus of being across the street from the Hyundai department stores which houses the Marks & Spenser food section, so you can pick up a bag of chocolate buttons and a box of jaffa cakes for dessert!
Made is located at 578-2 Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul. To get there take a train to Apgujeong station (line 3) and come out of exit 5. Walk straight and take the first left, then turn right. You will see Made just ahead on the left hand side. For more information you can call them on 02-512-1050 or check out their facebook page. Brunch is served from 11:30-4pm each day, with more menu options on weekends.