You may recall that I did a review of The Royal Food and Drink a couple of weeks ago, but this quaint little restaurant on top of the hill in HBC is quickly becoming one of my new favourite places to eat. Last time I tried the lunch menu, but this time I was there for brunch and I took three of me best friends along with me.
While we were waiting for the rest of our group to arrive we decided to relax over a couple of cocktails. I ordered the Bloody Mary (8,000), because it’s just not brunch without one. While my good friend Jeanie got the Irish coffee (8,000). Hands down this was the best Irish coffee I had ever tried. So creamy and sweet, it was so good I got a second one for myself!
To eat I couldn’t resist trying the Green Breakfast (10,000) which included almost all of my favourite things, egg, mushroom, tomato, avocado, spinach, and toast. I truly felt virtuous eating this, all of the ingredients were just so fresh, but utterly delicious. I loved the bread that came with it, and would love to know where they get it from. It’s the perfect healthy brunch choice in my eyes.
One of my friends ordered the Guacamole Breakfast (9,000) which was the other menu item I had been considering. A bagel smothered in guacamole, egg, bacon, tomato, and cheese is pretty hard to resist, and I was lucky enough to get a bite. Unsurprisingly it was really bloody good, and I loved how much guacamole was on it. Whenever avocado is used at this restaurant, it is not skimped upon!
Lastly, my other friend got the Breakfast Hash(10,000). It was reasonably similar to my green breakfast, just with a lovely chunky potato and root vegetable hash instead of the fresh cut veggies. The hash had a nice bit of spice, and the egg and toast completed the meal. It was very filling thanks to all the carbs and again excellent for the price.
As we were having such a great time we got a few more cocktails after we had eaten to wash things down. A Pineapple & Cinnamon Smoothie (6,500) which was fresh and fruity but given a nice flavour by the cinnamon, and a Hendricks and Tonic (8,000), which was very well made and garnished with freshly cut cucumber. I know it’s a such a simple drink but it’s rare to get such a well made one at this price point. One side note is that the service is a tad slow as there are usually only one or two people in the kitchen, but if you aren’t in a hurry then it shouldn’t be a problem. The friendliness of the staff and very reasonable prices more than make up for it, my 2 cocktails and brunch came to a mere 26,000 won, which I thought was amazing.
The Royal Food & Drink is located at 37, Sinheung-ro 20gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul. To get there take a train to Noksapyeong Station and come out of exit 2. Walk stright until you reach the underpass, go through and exit using the right hand set of stairs. There should be a bus stop right in front of you, wait there for the number 2 green bus and take it through HBC all the way up to to the Haebangchon Ogori and get off when you reach the 5 way intersection. Take the road that is directly to the right of By The Way. Walk down that road for a couple of minutes and you will see The Royal Food & Drink on the left, it’s a door down from 100 Foodtruck Smoke and Grill. For more information you can call them on 070-7774-4168 or check out their facebook page. They are open from 9am til 12am Tuesday – Sunday.