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Left Coast – Brunch

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Last weekend I very sadly said goodbye to my best friend Mat. It was his last weekend in Seoul, so to commemorate the occasion we went for one last Sunday brunch.  We have both been regulars at Left Coast since it first opened, and since they just started offering brunch it seemed like the ideal location for the last supper.The brunch menu has a collection of popular American brunch dishes as well as a handful of their starters and burgers, and is offered on weekends between 11:30 and 3pm.

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After a good old gander at the menu I decided to order the Chicken Fried Steak (14,000). I have always wanted to try one, as I never really knew what the hell it was. It always seemed like such a funny name to me. For other ignorant Brits like me, chicken fried steak is a piece of steak which is breaded and fried like southern fried chicken. It also comes with mash and gravy. I really loved this dish, much more than I thought I would. The seasoned coating was fantastic, they should really consider doing some fried chicken too! The steak albeit a bit tough in parts, was tasty too and was perfectly adorned with mash and gravy. Despite the hot weather this went down a treat,  and I’m not usually one for American gravy, so this one definitely gets a thumbs up from me.

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TFB and the majority of the rest of the table, all ordered themselves a Breakfast Burrito (12,900). Filled with chorizo, eggs, tater tots, cheese, sour cream, pico de gallo and served with seasoned potatoes. This is a nice hearty size and it comes with a nice pile of spicy fried potatoes on the side. Everyone seemed to absolutely love these, but personally I thought the burrito was too spicy and had kind of a one note of heat, though I was informed after I’d eaten it that TFB had doused it in a monumental amount of hot sauce, so that may have had something to do with it. I loved the potatoes on the side though, I think I managed to eat everyone’s leftovers and there were quite a few going around.

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As well as the Steak and Burrito, we also got the Breakfast Sandwich (11,000). Fried egg, bacon, smashed tots, cheese, avocado, hot sauce, and mayo. This one also comes with the seasoned potatoes and I thought it was the best value. The sandwich was so tasty and definitely had the Mmmm factor. I thought it was really well balanced with just the right amount of heat, I much preferred it to the breakfast burrito.

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We were a big table so we tried quite a lot of dishes in the end. One of the standout sides for me was the Baked Mac & Cheese (8,000). I  had never tried the LC version of this before and I was really impressed. I loved the larger pasta shells, as it really kicked it up a notch, it was lovely and cheesy too.

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As we were such a big group and it was such a sad occasion, we were given a Cookie Pie (10,000) on the house. I have eaten these on many occasions but am still always surprised how amazing they are. A rich chocolately freshly baked soft cookie, topped with vanilla ice cream. These are incredibly moreish and insanely addictive. A must try for the sweet toothed!

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The cocktail list is currently still quite small, with just a few varieties of their hard lemonade. However I’ve been informed that they are working on a brunch cocktail menu right now. Hopefully it will be rolled out soon as brunch really is all about the booze for me, though luckily their delicious food was enough to keep me distracted this time.

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Left Coast is located at 130-43 Itaewon-dong, Seoul. To get there take a train to Itaewon Station (Line 6) and walk out of exit 4, turn back on yourself and take the road on your left (the street where Taco Bell is) and walk straight. Keep walking on the same side you’re on for about 150 meters, Left Coast is on the right on the second floor. You can call them on 02-6223-5338 or check out their facebook page for more details.

Taverna De Portugal

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I’ve been hearing great things about Taverna de Portugal,for several months now, and had been desperate to give a try. Finally last week I got to check it out when my best friend Mat offered to take me for my birthday treat. The Portuguese family restaurant is located in the back alleyways of Sangsu. As we walked through the neighbourhood on a Friday night it seemed as though every other restaurant we passed had a monumental queue outside of it, but when we reached Taverna there were only a few tables occupied inside. However, clearly it was a late starter as by the time we had finished our meal it was packed. (more…)

Il Gelato

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Il Gelato is a brand spanking new gelato shop located in Sinsa. The store is owned by Italian Michele Cavallaro and his Korean partner Jihyun Baik. They met while training at Gelato University in Italy and set about bringing real gelato to Seoul. While Seoul is riddled with ice cream shops, this one is the closest you will get to the traditional gelato you will find in Italy. The store has only been open a few short weeks, but it’s already proving to be a big hit with the locals. I sadly couldn’t make it to their grand opening, but finally got around to paying them a visit yesterday. (more…)

Witch’s Table

Last week was my lovely friend Laura’s birthday, and to celebrate the fact that neither she, nor I for that matter, is getting any younger, we went out for a birthday lunch. The spot she chose was Witch’s Table in Gwanghwamun. It’s not a place I know well so was keen to see how it fared.

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Volstead

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Volstead has just opened its doors for soft opening and although it’s only been open a few short weeks it’s quickly become the talk of the town among Mexican aficionados. The space is a mix between a cocktail bar and restaurant. Mexican food plus cocktails is always a winner in my book, so I took my new best friend Georgie along with me to give it a try. (more…)

Baristella

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I don’t usually write about coffee shops, or locations in Hongdae for that matter, but I was compelled to write a little piece after visiting Baristella last week. My good friend Courtney was asked to be part of the grand opening photo shoot and she was asked to bring friend and since I was at a loose end I’d figured I’d go and check it out too. (more…)

Fat Cat

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I’ve been living in HBC for almost three years now and in that time I’ve seen a hell of a lot of changes. Though out of all the restaurants I have seen come and go, the one that has undergone more transformations than Lady Gaga is the newly renamed Fat Cat. When I first came to town it was known and beloved as Indigo. Then after a complete face lift it altered its name to Good to Go, before partnering up with Giovanni and becoming Il Gattino. And now finally it’s changed again and become Fat Cat. (more…)

Bulldogs Brunch

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It’s Friday and that only means one thing, that brunch is fast approaching. Now that the weather is getting nicer, tables are coming outside and everyone is looking for that perfect spot to have a lovely and enjoyable meal with a few tipples on the side. So when I found out my regular haunt Bulldogs was now offering brunch, I was straight round there to give it a go. (more…)

Coreanos – Brunch

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Being a self confessed brunchaholic I’m always on the look out for a new place to dine during that magical time between breakfast and lunch, although these days we start so late it’s pretty much lunch plus booze, but lets not split hairs, especially since I rarely rise before 10am on the weekends. Now that I’m self employed, I can now spend my days being a fully fledged lady that lunches. However my favourite meal of the week brunch is  usually only reserved for the weekend which is why I was excited to find out that Coreanos was offering their own brunch menu every day from 12pm-3pm! (more…)

Manimal

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Watch out Seoul, there’s a new sheriff in town, and he’s brought a big bad smoker with him. Owned and run by Jeff Kang, previously of Wildfire, Manimal is the the latest American BBQ restaurant to set up in Itaewon. This review is coming to you straight off the press, as they only opened for soft launch a mere 5 days ago. (more…)

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