I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. I love brunch. I don’t know why but it just seems so much more special than lunch for some reason. The combination of breakfast foods and booze is really hard not to love. Now the thing about brunch is that I am always desperate to try someplace new, I hate returning to the same places time and time again, despite how good they may be. So when I found out that one of my favourite Italian restaurants had a brunch menu, I couldn’t resist giving it a try.
Being an Italian restaurant Brera have gone for a more continental feel with their brunch menu, it’s a mix of classic Italian, Spanish, and French dishes rather than the usual American. But no matter where in the world the brunch is coming from, the key ingredient is booze. Brera has a couple of cocktails on their menu, including the famous Aperol Spritz but we decided to get ourselves a bottle of Bubbly (60,000) and owner Giovanni kindly gave us some freshly squeezed orange juice on the side so we could make mimosas.
As we were a canny little threesome we decide to get three dishes and share them among us. The first to come out was the Brera Breakfast (14,900). A continental platter of fresh bread and home made butter along with homemade persimmon, orange, and apple jams, a slice of apple pie, and a sweet little ricotta and marmalade calzone. It also comes with the coffee of your choice and a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice.
I would not usually pick a continental breakfast as my choice but since one of my companions was desperate to give it a go, I had to give it a try. The first thing we tried was the freshly baked calzone, which was stuffed with fresh ricotta and marmalade and absolutely scrumptious. The apple pie had been freshly baked that morning and you could certainly tell when tasting it. A biscuity base with layers of slightly warm sweet apples in the middle. I’m not usually a lover of apple pie but this one was excellent and I was very tempted to get a slice to take home. Toast and home made jams made up the rest of the plate. The jams themselves were lovely and a nice mix of seasonal fruits, the butter I would have preferred to have been saltier. All in all I’d say this a good option for those who like sweet things like pancakes and french toast for brunch.
Second to come out was the Huevos Rotos (17,900). This was the dish I was the most looking forward to. Two eggs served on a bed of crispy fried potatoes with slices of prosciutto and a side salad. This was by far my favourite of the three dishes we ordered. The fried chunks of potato were soft and fluffy in the midlle and crispy on the outside, covered in the oozing egg yolk they were pure heaven it’self. Atop and under the eggs was a generous serving of their salty prosciutto, I personally found it too much, but I guess you’d expect it for the price as it’s not a cheap dish. The side salad while nothing special brought a little freshness and helped to balance out the meal, I’d certainly have it again.
In between our second and third dishes owner Giovanni brought us a service Mini Croque Madame which was devoured in less than a minute. Slices of ham and melted emmental cheese in between two slices of their homemade bread topped with a fried egg and covered in a rich and creamy bechamel sauce. I loved their take on the croque madame, the sauce was everything, and it was the perfect brunch item. This came a very close seond to the huevos rotos.
Lastly we ordered the Scamorzalla Bismark (18,900), a smoked mozzarella style cheese topped with sunny side up eggs. While I enjoyed this it would have been nice to have a slice or two of toast served with it, especially for the price. We had actually actually eaten quite a lot of bread by that point in the meal so didn’t feel the need to ask for more, but I’m sure they would have given us some had we asked. The cheese had a rich smoky flavour and was melted into a pool over the hot sizzling pan. It really paired well with the eggs and rosemary even if it was a touch difficult to eat. For those who are sick of eating the same old food, this is the perfect dish to try.
Once we had added in the bubbly it wasn’t the cheapest of brunches, but we did have a lovely leisurely afternoon. We all enjoyed a coffee afterwards and really made the most of a rainy day. The brunch menu is served all day long, so there is no need to worry about getting up to early to try it, and they also serve their regular menu at the same time, which should keep everyone happy if you are in a large group.
Brera is located at 2F 295 Dongho-ro 17gil, Jung-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 중구 동호로17길 295, 2F) To get there take a train to Beotigogae station and come out of exit 1. Turn back on yourself at the exit. Walk straight and take the first right that goes up the hill. Brera is just a few meters up on the right. For more information you can call them on 010-8070-1982 or check out their facebook page.