Photos by Rachel Lim, ETA ’12-14
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City: Seoul (서울)
Restaurant Name: The Original Pancake House
Restaurant address: 523-20 Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
Nearest Subway Stations: Apgujeong Station and Sinsa Station, both on line 3.
Food Served: Breakfast/Brunch
Payment: Cash or credit card
Price: Entrees range from 10,000 won to 20,000 won
The Original Pancake House, an American brunch chain with locations across the United States, has now come to Seoul. The interior is reminiscent of its roots, with diner-style tables and black-and-white photographs of Portland, Oregon (the chain’s hometown) on the walls. The restaurant features a diverse roster of pancakes, topped with bananas, chocolate chips, strawberries or Hawaiian syrup. The potato pancakes were light and crispy, and topped with real sour cream — a difficult find in Korea. The omelettes are a good choice for those who prefer their breakfast savory. Light and fluffy, with filling options like cheese, salami and bacon, the omelettes also come with a side of three buttermilk pancakes. The Original Pancake House is recommended if you’re looking for a hearty, American-style diner brunch.