The Flying Pan is a quite well-known brunch spot in Itaewon. The quality of food here speaks for itself and that’s why you will always find a group of people waiting for a table if you pay them a visit on the weekend. Despite it’s popularity it’s still a reasonably well-kept secret to lots of foreigners, especially those from out-of-town. This is one of, if not the best place, to get brunch in Itaewon.
The menu’s are listed on cute faux newspapers, which I find especially quaint. The menu consists of traditional brunch fare, eggs, pancakes, sandwiches, salads, and desserts etc.
I ordered the Flying pan breakfast 16,000. I have had it before and knew it was good. Luckily it lived up to all my expectations and was even better than I remembered. The potatoes were coated in a glorious dressing, I could have eaten so many more. The pesto toast was well done and full of flavour. The poached egg was cooked to perfection and there was a generous amount of mushrooms on the plate. As well as all this there was also some spinach and hummus. Poached eggs on toast with mushrooms cooked in butter is my favourite breakfast. With eggs Florentine coming a close second. I rarely get the chance to eat a mushroom laden breakfast here in Korea so this one really hit the spot. Everything on my plate was perfect. I died and went to heaven!
Niall ordered the Eggs Avocado, 16,000. Two perfectly poached eggs on top of smoked salmon, avocado and toasted bread. The eggs were great, so was the salmon and avocado. His only complaint was the salad leaves. As you can see in the picture the stalks were extremely long and made it hard to eat this dish. They really should have been trimmed off. It also could have done with some salad dressing. Although he liked this dish he said next time he’s going for the Eggs Benedict with salmon.
I only have one small gripe about this place, well actually two. The drinks are over priced, 7,000 for a glass of shit coffee are you crazy? Go and get a real coffee while you’re waiting and bring it in with you. There’s also no Bloody Mary on the menu, although there is wine. Otherwise this is pretty much my perfect breakfast.
The Flying Pan Blue is located at 123-7 Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul. Take a train to Itaewon station (line 6) and come out of exit two. Walk straight and take the first left. The flying pan is just on your right after the fur coat store and a Thai restaurant. You can call them on 02-793-5285. They also have locations in Sinsadong and Gangnam. The Flying Pan White, 540-22 Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, 02 514 5585. The Flying Pan Red, GT Tower B1 1317-23 Seocho-dong, Seocho-gu, Seoul, 02-590-2488.