Flying Pan Blue is the best place I have found in the city to cure your westerner bread-fueled desires. Lets face it, Koreans don't eat bread much so when they make bread it is typically a sorry substitute for what we westerners have taken for granted all our lives. A good, hearty, flavorful hunk of bread is pretty high on my list of things I miss from the States but, let me tell you, Flying Pan can help cure this longing. I am pretty sure they make their bread in-house but, if they don't, I need to find their baker so I can completely stock my freezer with enough bread to last me the rest of my time in Korea: it's THAT good.
Enough about the bread... ok, one more thing about the bread, this bread is so good that I would suggest not eating it while standing. Alright, now on to what they put on top of the bread. SeungHyun and I are still going strong on our vegetarian diets, so I opted for the open-faced poached egg and avocado pesto sandwich. I must say, this sandwich was damn good. The egg was a little over-done but the pesto was impeccable; heavy on the olive oil which was just what the bread needed. It came with a side salad, mayo potatoes, and a roasted tomato. The roasted tomato needed... something, it was a little bland except for the slight taste of char. However, I was tempted to order a bowl of the potatoes to go, the house mayo has a really wonderful texture and taste. The balsamic vinaigrette almost had me licking my plate (Koreans also have a difficult time making salad dressings that don't taste like dissolved jolly ranchers).
|Behold, near lunch perfection|
Flying Pan has two locations: Blue and Red. Flying Pan Blue is in Itaewon. From Itaewon station take exit 2. Take your first left (small alleyway leading up a hill). The restaurant is in the basement just after the restaurant with a patio area. Flying Pan Red is in Gangnam, but I haven't been there, so I wouldn't feel comforatble giving directions without testing them first.
Do yourself a favor and DON'T go at peak meal hours and avoid this place like the plague on typical brunch days, you wont get a seat any time soon. They serve all-day brunch, which I hear is fantastic, but good brunches aren't as difficult to find as good sandwiches are, so I would recommend choosing something from the lunch menu.