Best Modern / Luxury Brunch: Bill’s
Bill’s, an Australian Casual Dining Restaurant, recently opened its second branch in D-Tower in Gwanghwamun offers fantastic brunch and lunch options for those on the upper side of the Han River. A modern, light-filled space with incredibly high ceilings lends Bill’s a cosmopolitan atmosphere. Put that together with a stylish brunch menu and it’s no surprise that Bill’s attracts long queues of eager diners on weekends and weekdays alike. Their extensive breakfast menu, available from 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM, includes a wide range from organic scrambled eggs on sourdough toast to a full Aussie fry-up.
The most popular dish is the Ricotta Cheese Pancake (KRW 19,800). These are much thicker than typical pancakes but still fluffy as the batter is prepared only on order to ensure the best rise. The ricotta pancakes, which contains no added sugar, are beautifully paired with fresh banana, honeycomb butter and maple syrup.
For a more classic approach, the Full Aussie (KRW 21,000) is an excellent choice. Soft scrambled eggs are served with cumin tomato, bacon and fennel sausage. The Fresh Aussie (KRW 22,000) is as excellent as its counterpart with tea-smoked salmon, poached egg, avocado, kale and fresh tangy tomato salsa. Neither overtly creative nor complex, the dishes are carefully prepared and plated to bring the most out of each ingredient’s natural flavors and it definitely works! The meals are superb and memorable as a somewhat healthy indulgence that’s worth the higher-cost.
For lighter fare, try Bill’s chia seed yogurt pot (KRW 8,000) and freshly baked coconut bread (KRW 5,000) as well as beautifully arranged pastries, muffins and cakes. They also serve Bloody Mary (KRW 10,000) and Bellini (KRW 12,000), the latter of which has not become brunch staple in Seoul just yet.
If you still have space left for beverages, their juices and smoothies are also terrific: from a Pineapple Kale Smoothie (KRW 8,800) to Bills’ Raw – nutty rich smoothie made with homemade almond milk and banana. To cap it all off, the Anthracite house-blend coffee or the Masala Chai Tea are great palette cleanser to be enjoyed sitting back in Bill’s’ gorgeous green chairs.
Reservations are only available for dinner (after 5PM) for a party of three or more, so make sure to come a little early to avoid the queue for brunch.
Seoul, Jongno-gu, Samsung Jong-Ro Tower, D 4F