Last year The Libertine Bar and Kitchen was my go to brunch spot, no one could compete with their fab array of cocktails, Eggs Benedict, and elegant atmosphere. It was the place I always wanted to be on a weekend. However for me things went down hill a bit and it fell out of favour, and I haven’t been back for the best part of a year. Last weekend Libertine updated their menu and lowered their prices so I figured it was about time the prodigal daughter returned.
The interior is still as fabulous as ever, light airy and very New York cool, light streams through the large windowed frontage and the setting is just perfect for a classy brunch. To mark the occasion of the new menu, they were running a special on bubbly, 5,000 for a glass or 30,000 for a bottle. We of course couldn’t resist in partaking in a glass or two.
The new menu has brought back a few favourites like the breakfast, while adding a few new dishes. All the brunch items are now priced between 12,000 – 17,000 won. It is still not what most people would describe as cheap but I think for the caliber of place it’s incredibly reasonable.
I opted to order the Steak & Eggs (15,000), which is new to the menu and I figured at that price it was definitely worth trying. The steak was small in size but I think was very reasonable given the price. It was lovely and pink in the middle and I adored the zingy salsa verde. Served with two slightly over cooked fried eggs, a small salad, and a piece of crostini. For me this was the perfect amount of food for a light brunch, though I think big eaters would still be hungry and in need of a dessert.
TFB opted to try the Moroccan Eggs (12,000). This is their take on one of my favourite egg dishes, shakshuka. The fried eggs lay on top of chunks of chorizo sausage in a rich tomato sauce. While the sauce was very tasty indeed I think it would have been better if the eggs were poached in the sauce instead of fried.
My best gal pal Sandra ordered the Eggs Royal (16,000). This one is served with salmon but they also have a version with ham. The Eggs Benedict here is pretty much unrivaled, the eggs are always poached perfection with their lovely runny yolks, while the hollandaise is so lusciously thick it’s almost like a mousse and has the ideal combination of tangy lemon and buttery goodness. It’s spot on.
Overall all we had a lovely brunch and I will certainly be returning more often. It’s the place to go for a boozy brunch, as nowhere else rivals their cocktail menu while still serving up classic brunch dishes. It’s certainly not the cheapest brunch in town but if you are looking for something a little bit more special frankly I think it’s worth it.
The Libertine Bar & Kitchen is located at 141-8 Itaewon-dong. To get their take a train to Itaewon station (line 6) Come out of exit 3 and turn back on yourself and take a left walking down the furniture street past Taco Bell, and Bulldogs restaurant. Keep going straight until you reach The Libertine on the ground floor. You can call them on 02-790-9477 or check out their facebook page for more information.