I am a huge fan of Instagram, in fact I spend an extraordinary amount of time on it, looking at photos and adding my own. In fact if you want the latest of what I’m eating and drinking then please follow me, as I update it multiple times a day. It is through this social medium that I tend to find a lot of the places that I want to visit. They say a picture is worth a thousand words and in the food game it is. I was happily scrolling through my feed on Friday when I saw that Rye Post, one of Itaewon’s best sandwich joints, would be offering up brunch starting from the coming weekend. Being a girl who likes to have brunch plans, I packed up my two best boys and set off to give it a try.
Rye Post has been open for a couple for years now. They started off by selling sandwiches, they then extended the menu to include burgers. And now they have produced this new brunch menu which will run from 9am – 2pm on weekends. I’m not usually one to visit a restaurant on opening weekend, but the food looked so good in the pictures I couldn’t resist. It also saved me a trip across to Gangnam for brunch instead (for this week at least). There are only four brunch items on the menu so far, but it is possible they will add more soon, they also have the normal menu running alongside it, so there is something there for everyone.
The dish I was most interested in was the Eggs Benedict (16,000). The two poached eggs came perched upon two pieces of sourdough toast and fried ham, and were smothered in a rich and tangy hollandaise. I really loved this, the hollandaise was one of the best I have had in a long time, just the right amount of tang and butteriness. The fried ham almost had a baconish quality and the toast made it a hearty and filling brunch. To accompany this even lovely brunch were the tastiest fried potatoes I have had in quite some time. They were crispy salt and herby and I could have eaten an entire plateful. I was supposed to share this with the Chubby Hubby, but thought better of it after eating my half.
The Chubby Hubby ordered the Baked Eggs (16,000). This to me was a great rendition of shakshuka, which we often make at home. The eggs came poached in a tangy spicy tomato sauce and came with a thin breakfast sausage. Visually the sausage seemed really lacking in the girth department, however it was fine in flavour and texture. It seemed a lot like a traditional British sausage. It also came with a slice of toasted sour dough which really rounded our the dish and was great for moping up the last of the yummy sauce. CH was very happy with it overall, and not even two disappointed that i didn’t share my eggs benny.
Lastly we ordered the Big Breakfast (18,000) a take on the classic fry up. of two eggs, two sausages, bacon, mushrooms, tomato, potatoes, beans and toast. There was plenty going on on this plate, I was jealous I hadn’t ordered it myself. The potatoes were once again the star of the show, but every other element was well done. After we had finished our meal the staff brought round a plate of Blueberry Pancakes (14,000) for us to share. This completed every breakfast item on the menu for us. We had no problems finishing off the sweet treat, but it was the savoury items that stole the show for me.
Overall we all enjoyed our food, there was not a morsel left on any of our plates. The brunch items may seem a bit steep to some, but there are very few places you can get brunch these days for less or maybe I’ve just become acclimatised to the prices. On the drink side, the Coffee (3,500) is cheap which made a nice change, and they told me they plan to add Mimosas to the menu very soon, so it will make a good spot for day drinking. The location in the heart of Itaewon makes it almost definite that I shall be returning again soon. Good work Rye Post, hope you stick with it, because your food is delicious.
Rye Post is located at 72-34 Itaewon 1-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul. To get there take a train to Itaewon Station (line 6) and come out of exit 4. Walk straight down this street, until you see the third set of traffic lights. You will see Rye Post on your left below Route 66. For more information you can call them on 07-792-9991 or check out their facebook page. They are open for brunch on Saturday & Sunday from 9am – 2pm.