Before leaving Seoul to run off and get married in Portugal, I went to meet one of my most glamorous friends, radio host and actress Amy Aleha. Since she lives in Gangnam I thought it would be best to meet there, especially as there was a British style brunch joint I was dying to try. I first came across Soho 67 on Instagram when I noticed that they do an English breakfast and have HP sauce to go with it on the side. This was too much to resist, especially when I saw they had Marmite on toast too. So off I popped to be a lady who lunches, Gangnam style.
The cafe cum restaurant is very sweet and charming, and is decorated with furniture that looks like it came from my grandmothers house, but in a very cool and trendy way. When we sat down we found out that the owner/chef is actually pretty famous and has written a cook book which her father and fellow owner kindly brought out for us to take a look at.
The first thing that surprised me about this place when scanning the menu was the prices. Usually this side of Gangnam is pricey with a capital P, but this was not the case at Soho 67. It was so cheap we decided to get three items to share plus a coffee each. I ordered my favourite Ice Vanilla Latte (5,500), while AA ordered the Ice Americano (4,000). Can I say how refreshing it was to be in a brunch cafe in Gangnam and not be charged 12,000 for a coffee, in fact all of their beverages are 6,000 won or under, though sadly there are no alcoholic options.
The first item to come out was the English Plate (13,000). I love a good fry up, and whilst this was not exactly the kind you would get at home it ticked most of the boxes. The fry up contained fried eggs, sausage, bacon, tomatoes, hash brown, beans and toast and was served adorably in a frying pan. While we enjoyed this for the most part, there were a few flaws with this fry up. For one the toast was under cooked, but the main let down for me was the sausage. There are some pretty decent British style sausages on the market these days, so I really hope they will change to one of those instead of using those sad little Korean small ones. However they do gain major bonus points for having HP sauce, its even available to buy in Emart and Homeplus now (I wonder if it’s going to become the new sriracha).
Our second dish was the Savoury Egg Crepe (11,000). The lacey thin crepe was filled with Gruyere cheese, potato, and bacon, and topped with an egg yolk that once broken, oozed into all the the hidden crevices of the crepe. It was very delicate but also very tasty, we loved the combo of the egg yolk, cheese and crepe. In fact I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. It was a very simple dish and the kind of thing I could make easily at home if I put my mind to it.
Lastly we finished with the French Toast (10,000). The thick and fluffy french toast was topped with banana and figs and drizzled in maple syrup. I wouldn’t have minded if it came with some cream or ice cream, which would make it into more of a desert but it was delicious non the less and finished our meal with a sweet note. They also have a variety of other sweet dishes on the menu such as pancakes, cake, and home made yogurt.
Overall we had a very lovely lunch. The prices were great, one of the cheapest places I have eaten at in Gangnam by a long shot. I was also pleased to see that there are restaurants in Seoul offering some British foods on their menus. While they aren’t offering full on British menu, it was nice see a place that even served HP sauce and Marmite on toast. It is definitely a step in the right direction and I hope it will become popular over time.
Soho 67 is located at 67-9 Nonhyeon-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul. To get there take a train to Hakdong Station (line 7) and come out of exit 8. Walk straight until you reach the sixth street on the right, walk down this road then turn left when you reach the end. Follow this road and you will see Soho 67 a little way down on the right hand side. For more information you can call them on 010-7599-1327. They are open from 11am – 7pm Mon- Sat and closed on Sundays.