Brunch @ Flapjack Pantry
Ever on the lookout for a good reasonably priced western brunch, we passed by this place a month or so ago and I was intrigued. As an added bonus, I noted as I walked by, that they had highchairs! Yes, now my criteria for a good restaurant has expanded to include baby friendly seating, which is NOT easy to find in Seoul as I’ve come to conclude.
Flapjack Pantry had it all though: a western menu with words spelled correctly, prices that weren’t gouging like many Hongdae establishments are now taking to and highchairs, not to mention it’s not located in the middle of Hongdae so the likelihood that there would be seating available whenever we decided to rock up was high.
We opted for loads of breakfast and brunch foods though, they do have a substantial salad, sandwich and burger menu section as well. While the prices on the menu looked a bit high, we were pleasantly surprised when the plates came out and were gigantic and full of food. You definitely get your money’s worth here. I had the Chef’s Favourite and it hit the spot; the dressing on the salad was not overpowering or a Koreanized sweet rendition of a dressing, there were green beans, what?!, the tomato omelet was cooked perfectly and overall I ended up stuffed. My husband’s The Burger Factory seemed to have the best of everything: a burger, bacon, eggs, a salad and fries and left him satisfied. And the English Breakfast went down smoothly too. The only thing my friends had to say was that the pancakes were slightly overcooked so one side was a bit burnt and could have been better, but this is definitely a place we’ll be back to.
The staff was helpful and even brought over a plastic child’s spoon for the babe to play around with while we ate. The decor was simple and pretty classic and there was plenty of space between tables for us to wield our stroller so there’s definitely no bumping into other tables or overhearing others’ conversations if you don’t want to. If you haven’t headed into the Yeonnam-dong side of Hongdae, then you should. There are loads of new restaurants and cafes and they are much less frequented than the hopping Hongdae exit 8 and 9 side of the road so there’s always plenty of places to stop in and enjoy any time of the day without the crowds.
Flapjack Pantry has seven locations around Korea and is also affiliated with The Burger Factory. Check ’em out if you see one near you!
서울특별시 마포구 연남동 488-4
488-4 Yeonnam-dong Mapo-gu, Seoul
Hongik University Subway Station, exit 2.
To walk: Take a left out of the exit, walk straight until the road dead ends, cross the street and go right. At the first street, turn left and walk until it dead-ends. You’ll see Flapjack Pantry across the street. The walk takes ~10 minutes. (Follow the orange line on the map.)
To bus: Outside of the subway exit to the left there is a local bus stop for the #6 bus, hop on and it’ll take you around the block. After two right turns, get off at the second stop. You’ll see Flapjack Pantry on the left when you’re on the bus, across the street from the stop you get off of. (Follow the blue line on the map.)
Hours: Everyday 10:30am ~ 10:00pm
Prices: drinks range from W3,500 ~ W6,000; food ranges from W7,900 ~ W19,900