The weekend beckons and it only means one thing, Brunch! This week I just couldn’t wait, so I stepped out yesterday for a bite to eat with my favourite lady who lunches. After having a stroll around Gyeongridan we discovered Bimbom on the way to the new John Cook Deli and decided to throw caution to the wind and give it a try.
The restaurant it’self is a very minimalist black and white affair, but it’s very spacious has plenty of seating and even a few tables out on the street so it ticks all the boxes. After a good gander of the menu, we couldn’t resist the three tier brunch set for 44,000. The brunch set comes with your choice of 2 drinks, then your choice of selections from the set menu. We chose the morning sunrise crepe, eggs Benedict, quiche, french toast, and two hot black coffees, which seemed very strange to our server, “Do you want ice?” “My god no! Hot please.”
In less than 10 minutes we had been given our coffees and our towering tier of treats.The first dish we tried was the morning sunrise crepe and I have to say without a doubt this was my absolute favourite of the three. The buckwheat crepe was topped with ham, bacon, an organic poached egg, and fresh greens. We were told by our server to break the yolk and roll the crepe up like a cigar. On first bite I was in heaven, the creaminess of the organic egg yolk mixed with the slightly salty bacon and ham was divine, and the buckwheat added such a depth of flavour. I would order this again in a heartbeat. If you order it separately it costs 17,000 but comes with potatoes. It’s not to be missed.
Second up was the Eggs Benedict and quiche. While the egg was poached perfectly the hollandaise, while looking great, was tasteless. It needed a good pinch of salt and a nice squeeze of lemon in my opinion. It was also served with pan fried Brussels sprouts. The green and crunchy vegetable has no business being on a Benedict plate, and the kitchen needs to forget the fact they are the trendy veg of the moment and just use spinach instead which would actually work. The quiche was the star of this plate for sure, the filling was simply perfect. The rich and creamy mix of egg and gruyere was heavenly, it was a classic done well. If I want to be really picky and have a Mary Berry moment then the pastry on the bottom was just slightly under done, but in no way inedible, another five minutes in the oven and it would have been perfect.
Lastly we had the french toast. It tasted almost as good as it looks! The bread was nice and fluffy, though not quite as custardy as I like. The nectarines and bananas on top were lovely and sweet and it was adorned with a little jug of maple syrup. A scoop of ice cream would help balance the dish slightly more, but it was a nice was to finish our meal I liked the ratio of sweet and savoury dishes and this way you could keep all parties happy.
For once I wasn’t drinking but I did take a little glance at their drinks menu, lots of wine and beer and a couple of mojitos. No Bloody Marys unfortunately, but you could always get a bottle of bubbly and a glass of juice and do mimosas.
Overall I loved the ambiance and food at Bimbom and I will certainly be returning, if only to have the fantastic crepe again, plus it’s ridiculously close to my house. One point, I’d suggest arriving early. We went at around 11;45 on a Friday and were fine to start but the place soon filled up, so I can only imagine how it gets on the weekends. It opens at 10am on weekends though, so crack on early!
Bimbom is located 1f, 51 Hoenamu-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul. To get there take a train to Noksapyeong Station (line 6). Come out of exit 2 and walk straight until you reach the underpass, go through and exit using the stairs on the left. Follow the road around and keep walking straight, then go up the hill towards the Hyatt. Bimbom is about 3/4 of the way up after the big GS on the left hand side. For more information you can call them on 070-8849-6245.