Today is the first week of spring, and traditionally Jill and I head down to Yeouido to check out the cherry blossoms in Yeouido Park. Well, we didn’t get to see too many blossoms, but we did have an excellent brunch at Brioche Doree at the Marriott in Yeouido! This is where Paul’s used to be, so needless to say the expectations were high. For an international chain restaurant and bakery, we were pleasantly surprised.
How to get there: Brioche is a rich French bread and Doree means “golden”. Needless to say, this place specializes in pastries. To get there is surprisingly easily. Take the subway to Yeouido station (Line 5) and depart from Exit 2. Walk straight until you get to the intersection where you can cross to get to Yeouido Park. Make and left and keep walking for about 3 or 4 minutes. You will see the Marriott Executive Apartments on your left. You can’t miss this towering hotel are unless you are blind, and if you happen to be blind, please inform your seeing eye dog of the destination. Apple may have an app for that.
Service and Atmosphere: Like most places in Yeouido the atmosphere is fairly stuffy. The suits from the KSX and international business travelers at the Marriott mull over their cappuccinos and chocolate croissants. That said, it does have a slight ambience of a French bakery and cafe with various carb-loaded delicacies aligned on the shelves and behind the glass at the counter. There is a quiet peacefulness, but at the same time, the atmosphere is sombre.
The service is adequate, that is all I’m going to say. The server was polite enough, we received our food quickly enough, but it wasn’t exceptional. First, I hate when food comes to the table separately. Jill received her eggs benedict about five minutes before my French toast arrived. Other than that, it was adequate service; nothing to deter me from returning.
Food and Drink: Today we ordered the French Toast, Eggs Benedict, two glasses of freshly squeezed orange juice and a Cafe Americano (American-style coffee).
Eggs Benedict (17,000KRW): Jill ordered the Eggs Benedict which actually had real Hollandaise sauce. The Flying Pan Blue in Itaewon should take note. The Hollandaise sauce was creamy and full of flavor. It worked well with the egg, tomato, potato and bacon. The bacon was nice and crispy, and the egg was poached perfectly. Complimenting the eggs benedict were a few potato wedges which we seasoned and cooked nicely.
Banana French Toast with Whipped Cream and Strawberries (16,000KRW): I’m not normally much of a French toast guy, but today I had a particular sweet tooth and decided to give it a try. It was one of my better decisions. The French toast was fried nicely, and there was a generous portion of maple syrup. The whipped cream and strawberries were beautiful. Their bright colors bounced off the golden hue of the French toast. The French toast was sweet and filling. It was a perfect cool breakfast for a warm spring morning.
Bread and Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice (18,000KRW): So yeah, normally I would have reservations about ordering a 9,000KRW glass of juice, but there is something about it being freshly squeezed which makes me reach for the old Mastercard. The juice was refreshing, despite being overpriced. The pulp floats at the top of the glass, which some people really dislike, but for me it shows the freshness of the drink. We both succumbed to the temptation and ordered two glasses. The bread was fresh and free! Horray!
Cafe Americano (5,000KRW): Nothing too special here, but it was a good cup of Joe. There were no coffee grinds at the bottom of the cup and it tasted fresh. This is all I really have to say about it. Oh, and there was a cute design that is oh so popular here in (Korea? Asia?) on the top of the coffee.
Value: The whole bill came to 66,000KRW as we ordered the triple cheese sandwich to go and eat in the park. Needless to say, we were so full that the cheese sandwich is currently chilling in our fridge. 9,000KRW for a glass of orange juice.. Damn. This place is not for the budget traveller and to be honest, if you walked in here with a shorts, a t-shirt and flip-flops you might feel a little out of place. That said, there is a Beans To Go down in B1 of the Marriott for the budget traveler.
Who Should Visit Brioche Doree: I would recommend this place for a nice, quiet and classy place to have brunch. The food was delicious, but the atmosphere I found a little stuffy. If you are looking for a fresh glass of OJ, this would be the place to get it.
Who Should Avoid Brioche Doree: It can be a little pricy, so I would recommend budget to look elsewhere (Beans to Go). Also, this wouldn’t be an ideal place for kids. You might want to seek alternative options.
Menu: Get your French and Korean on.