Mondays are known to be the day of rest in the food industry. Itaewon is practically a culinary ghost town on the most depressing day of the week. However it’s not only my dear neighbourhood of Itaewon that one cant find a meal, it’s Gangnam too. I was meeting a friend last Monday only to find our top three choices were all closed. Salvation was found when my dining companion recommended My Ssong which was thankfully open and located just around the corner.
I was pleasantly surprised when I walked into My Sssong. The cafe is so cute and adorable and had a real french feeling about it. It had a rustic chicness that you rarely see in Seoul. While the cafe may be decorated in a French country style, the menu leans more to the American side with a slightly french twist. Like most places in the neighbourhood most of the items range between 15,000-20,000. I don’t know if I have become rich or have acclimatised to this price point now as it no longer raises my heckles in the way it used to.
After much consideration of their very nice menu, we opted for the BLT Sandwich (18,500). This was a very large sandwich, which it should want to be for that price! Even a big eater like myself was more than satisfied with its monstrous size. The gargantuan sandwich was stuffed with bacon, eggs, lettuce, tomato, egg and pesto. It was like a BLT with extras. It was certainly tasty, and I had no problem polishing off my half. However the price in my opinion is way too high, in my opinion it seemed to factor in an ‘add five dollars to every item Gangnam tax‘.
You guys know I can’t resist an eggs benny, in fact it seems to be all I eat these days, just check my Instagram if you don’t believe me. There are three varieties available, Classic, Bacon and Spinach, and Smoked Salmon. I opted for the Eggs Benedict with Spinach & Bacon (18,000). Served on English muffins were two piles of spinach and bacon and two poached eggs with a little jug of hollandaise. The hollandaise didn’t have quite the tang I was looking for but overall it was quite nice. We finished up with a Carrot Cake (7,600) and an Americano. The cake was light without being too sweet or dense. I think this place is quite well known for its cakes they sell them whole as well as by the slice.
Overall I ate a nice brunch and had a pleasant afternoon. I enjoyed what I had, though I think the prices and distance from my house might inhibit me from personally coming back. However I found out that they have an all you can eat brunch buffet available on Wednesdays which I would be keen to try.
My Ssong is located at 650-17 Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul. To get there take a train to Apgujeong Rodeo Station (yellow line) and come out of exit 5. Walk straight and take the third left, walk down that street until you reach the edge of Dosan Park and turn left. Walk down that street and take the second right. You will see My Ssong just ahead on the left hand side. For more information you can call them on 02-5180105 or check out their facebook page.